The Hammer Obsession Tour Solid is obsessed with performance This bowling ball uses the TourV2 Solid coverstock which is an updated version of the successful cover found on the Web Tour bowling balls. This cover is paired with the Obsession Tour core which has the same shape as the regular Obsession core minus the flip block. This core alteration results in less flare and less hook but with a more controllable reaction on medium to heavy oil conditions. The Obsession Tour offers a different reaction allowing bowlers to stand closer to the dry while also being a good match for higher rev bowlers. This bowling ball utilizes DOT! DOT allows you to drill anywhere on the ball and offers toughness to the ball.
The Obsession Tour has been an extremely reliable benchmark solid for me to really get a good read on the oil patterns and starting point for the set. While it’s core is the same shape as the Obsession, the Tour has a lower differential, so less flare and more controllable reaction. As with most ‘tour’ type balls it excels on difficult patterns where you need to control the lane from front to back, but it’s also a great benchmark ball on house shots too. I drilled this one 60 x 4 x 30 and kept at the box finish of 500 / 1000 Siaair and it gives me controllable hook and the ability to play multiple angles some too.
This ball is an incredible piece of my arsenal. I drilled this ball 55 X 5 3/4 X 40. As a stronger ball, it blends the pattern better than some equipment in lower levels, however it does not over hook/read. I prefer balls that have lower flare potentials, and this ball fit the bill. For tournaments, I drilled another one RICO. This gives me the ultimate tournament ball on flat patterns.
A newer must have in my bag as the ball is super versatile. Very controllable and predictable motion compared to the regular obsession. This ball allows you to play straighter on those tougher patterns while keeping your angles in front of you. The obsession tour allows miss room and still is able to recover down lane. For higher volume and longer lane patterns this ball is a great compliment to the regular obsession as this ball is still able to get down the lane and hit hard. Try one yourself and you will be OBSESSED!
The Obsession Tour on a typical house shot, I could play a similar line as I did with the Web Tour Hybrid , but I was able to keep my angles a little more closed. I was also able to play further outside into the friction without sacrificing control. Overall, the Obsession Tour has slightly less hook and a smoother response to friction. The benchmark motion of the Obsession Tour makes it a great ball to start with to read the pattern. The Obsession Tour will go to all my tournaments or league when starting out. It reads the mid-lanes very well and gives a smooth predictable reaction down lane. The Obsession Tour is a great piece to have in your arsenal.
I decided to drill this ball because I loved the specs. Loved the Web Tour, love low RG cores, love low diff cores. I drilled this ball with the pin near my grip center about 6" from my axis with the MB on my VAL. This is a favorite layout of mine because I like to see my ball float down the lane and then have a controlled, slow hook. The Obsession Tour performed exactly how intended, but I was actually very surprised with the overall hook I achieved with it. It almost hooks too much. Almost.
For me, this ball works best when I am playing steep trajectories through the front and need something with adequate continuation. If the back ends are dry, the ball is too continuous, but under normal circumstances, this is probably the only ball I can trust to recover from extreme trajectories through the front.
If you are a speed dominant player, you should probably drill this with a lower VAL angle, so it pops on the back enough to carry well. If you are a rev dominant player, you would use this ball when there is a good amount of head oil or pattern length.
Overall, would drill again. 10/10
The Obsession Tour by Hammer is your " get out of jail free " ball. It let's you control the lanes when they get tricky. The Obsession Tour and the Obsession really do compliment each other on a variety of patterns.
The Obsession Tour features the same core design as the regular Obsession minus the flip disc. On a typical house shot, I could play a similar line as I did with the Obsession, but I was able to keep my angles a little more closed. I was also able to play further outside into the friction without sacrificing control. Overall, the Obsession Tour has slightly less hook and a smoother response to friction than the regular Obsession. The benchmark motion of the Obsession Tour makes it a great ball to start with to read the pattern.
After throwing the original Obsession, I decided to drill up the tour as well because I love the Hammer Obsession. This ball is exactly as advertised, smooth, strong and definitely hits like a Hammer. I brought this ball to league and my first game was the front 9 and then the disappointing pocket 7-10, which is a popular leave in our center. Besides that, this ball would be great for heavier oil patterns and when you need to control the sharp reacting backends. Smooth, smooth, smooth and strong is how I describe this ball shape, an absolute winner.
PAP: 5 7/8 RT x 2 1/4 DN
No-thumb, one league per week, tournaments when I can. Tremendous slouch.
Controlled motion with an asymmetric core.
Released at the same time as the Obsession Solid, the Obsession Tour has the same core shape, however, the Obsession Tour has a differential that is .016 points lower which creates less flare, less hook, and a more controllable reaction compared to the Obsession Solid and uses an updated version of the Tour cover found on the Web Tour balls. The Obsession Tour will create a unique reaction that will allow many players to stand closer to the dry and be great for higher rev players.
With the out of box surface at 500/1000 and the new Obsession Tour core this ball is exactly as advertised as I get a controlled, lower flaring asymmetric core ball that allows me to keep a tighter line to the pocket (something that is generally associated with a symmetric core) which is a definite plus on tougher sport/challenge patterns as well as the 2021 USBC Masters pattern. I used a layout of 90x2.25x45 intending to have a ball motion that would replicate a urethane look without the urethane carry down, that will not overreact or be too jumpy down lane. That said, I’m still able to move both my feet and targets left during league and play a bigger rolling arc with the Obsession Tour still having enough energy to roll up to the pocket and split the 8-9 pins. Even on attempts that are light or ‘half pocket’ there’s a great ‘mix’ with the pins and getting the head pin as a messenger to take out that dreaded 10 pin. I haven’t yet attempted to alter the OOB finish.
It’s not the prettiest ball that you’ll ever see but the solid Burgundy with Gold lettering does appeal to my eyes even though I prefer a mix of colors ...and those are the colors for the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!)
High performance and at the high price point, intended to have a strong mid lane and backend motion (even with my layout choice to tame that reaction) on medium to heavy oil, I’m not disappointed with the ball reaction and shape that I’m getting out of the Obsession Tour and I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed either.
Be well, rip racks ...and shred pins.
You’ve seen this ball on many PBA shows, which was part of the reason I wanted to get this ball. Also, this ball fills a gap in my arsenal because it’s a Solid Reactive, Asymmetric Core and has an RG of 2.469 and a DIFF of 0.034. For me, this means that the ball will be smoother but still have enough punch to recover down lane for me, given my medium rev rate and slower ball speed.
This ball reminds me many of the Burgundy Hammer from years ago because of its shape and ball roll. What is nicer about it is that it hits hard and recovers even stronger. I never have to worry about this ball getting back to the pocket if I miss my target by a couple of boards.
Lastly, this ball is always in my bag for league or tournaments. It’s a great companion to the Brunswick KnockOut and DV8 Damn Good Verge. I’ve thrown this out of the box and have also changed the surfaces on it – taking it to 500, as well as to 3000. This ball worked great with all of those surfaces on the appropriate oil patterns. It’s one of the most versatile balls in my bag, and I’ll probably get a second one.
Hammer's Obsession Tour is your perfect compliment to the Obsession. Hammer got this one right with a great 1-2 punch, especially if you are a person who likes to keep your angles in front of you. On heavier oil conditions where you are forced to play tight angles, the Obsession Tour will be the perfect ball-down for any bowler. With less flare and hook, the ball still has strong energy through the pins. I drilled mine 25 x 4 x 30 at 500-grit, this gives me full control of the ball on heavier oil conditions.
This ball was laid out identical to my Web tour Hybrid as I wanted a ball to be just a little bit stronger for when the lanes have a little heavier volume. The cover makes sure to dig a little bit more than the Web Tour Hybrid and rolls just as smooth and predictable. Literally earned a spot in my bag the first night. It gives you miss room and still strikes and is an easy ball to see rolling down the lane. Directional changes are smooth and even and predictable with the core cover combo. A MUST HAVE!
This is a great compliment to the Obsession! The tour will give you more control while maintaining the strong continuous backend motion. It's a great all around ball. If you like the obsession then you need to add this one to your arsenal!!!! They go hand in hand!!!
The Obsession Tour is an amazing compliment to the Obsession. When the Obsession is just a little too strong or is rolling out, switch to the Obsession Tour. It is pretty simple. The coverstock on this ball really clears the fronts with no issue. It might a little grabby in the front out of the box but with some games on it, it has no issues. Great tournament ball and I am looking forward to drilling my second one.
I drilled my Obsession Tour with a 45 X 4 x 35 layout to use on house patterns. It had a big mid lane reaction and hard continuis backend. I used it in a charity event last weekend and shot 778 and only moved 3 boards all day. This will be a great benchmark ball for the Nationals.
The Obsession Tour will be the go to ball in tournaments or league when starting out. It reads the mid-lanes very well and gives a smooth predictable reaction down lane. I would say it reminds me of a slightly stronger web tour. I also compared it to the Black widow 2.0. I found that it was about 2&1 stronger down lane with a little bit more length through the front. If you have the Black widow the Obsession Tour is a great compliment to have in your arsenal.
I drilled this ball to compliment my Web Tour Hybrid when the pattern is longer or carried down a lot. This ball was stacked pin over bridge and the reaction for me is soooo smooth! The hitting power is second to none. The first 3 games out of the box with it were 278-268-290. I was sending messengers and chopping out 10's - ball never hit flat . If bowling is open in your area, please go to your shop operator and talk with him about adding this ball to your bag. if bowling is not open in your area, please go online and do your research and get this ball in your bag!!
You won't be disappointed!
Super stoked to get this one in my hands. I like low differential cores, they just roll better for me. This is my first low diff. core that is also asymmetric. This ball rolled great right out of the box. Very smooth reaction yet still went through the pins the right way. I was on a THS and several times I rolled it into the friction early and expected it to shoot across the nose but it just went high flush, ten back instead of some split. This is gonna be a great ball for my arsenal.
Obession tour is a must have ball if your looking for a great benchmark ball. This ball has the same motion as a web tour hybrid but about 3 to 5 boards stronger. You can use this ball on a variety of patterns including sport patterns. Dont miss out on this great piece in your bag.
Drilled my Hammer Obsession Tour with my benchmark layout 55 x 4.5 x 40. Ball is great on the fresh, has mid-lane but also very smooth and continuous on the backend. Able to get a few games out of it before I have to ball down to something weaker. I would highly recommend this ball for anyone looking for something on the fresh that needs that extra pop to get through the oil!
Here is my take on the new Hammer Obsession TOUR. The Hammer Obsession Tour has a low RG/low diff. asymmetrical core wrapped by a burgundy colored solid Tour V2 cover. Box finish is 1000 Siaair.
My “vitals” are a 405 rev rate with a PAP of 5 9/16 over and 1/8 up. I drilled the Obsession Tour with a 60 x 6 x 20 layout and have thrown it at box surface and 3000 Abralon. I have tried the Obsession Tour on various THS as well as a 40 foot 2.75:1 medium volume sport pattern.
Don’t let the Tour in the name fool you, the Obsession Tour flat out hooks a ton. The shape would be best described as strong yet smooth/continuous…they type of motion you would expect on a Tour ball. At 3000 Abralon, the Obsession Tour does show more length but even with the smoother surface, the Obsession Tour covers a lot of boards. Given the strength of the cover, you will be able to use this ball on the medium to higher volume patterns, depending on surface prep. This ball should especially be in play on medium to high volume SPORT patterns where control of the lane is key. In terms of comparison, the Obsession Tour reminds me a bit of the Track Kinetic Obsidian, but with an earlier motion and move overall hook.
See your local proshop for more on the Hammer Obsession Tour.
I drilled my Hammer Obsession Tour 45x4 ½ x35 to match my game. This ball is unique and will be my benchmark ball, replacing my symmetrical balls for league when I start. My lower rev rate of 300 and speed at 16mph usually keeps me from using very many asymmetrical bowling balls. I can throw this ball all night long as it is smooth as silk in all phases of the ball motion.