Customer Reviews | 13 Customer Questions
By PinBlaster from Taylor, Michigan
Hammer reintroduces the Onyx Vibe
So excited when Hammer announced the return of the Onyx Vibe. I had missed the original release and was disappointed since I've had much success with the Vibe line. Well needless the say this one hasn't disappointed yet. I've been using this release as my benchmark ball especially when bowling on house patterns. With being rev dominant and slower speed (14-15mph) this ball allows me to read the midlane where needed and store energy to the back part of the lane. This ball also compliments my Ebonite GB2 when I need to read the midlane sooner but control the backend. So go to your pro shop today and drill up this latest Vibe release by Hammer ... you won't be disappointed!
By qball from doylestown
Better than OG
Onxy Vibe is one of the most versital ball for any brand that I have thrown in a while . I have tested this ball on all patterns . It is so easy to get lined up with ball strong predictable motion. This is a must in everyones arsenal. I let this ball box finish and have not altered surface.
By Sweetpea Bowl from Worcester, Massachusetts
Onyx Vibe returns!
Here is my take on the new Hammer Onyx Vibe. The new Onyx Vibe features the ever versatile Vibe "hourglass" shaped core wrapped about a black sparkle CT Reactive Max coverstock. Like all Hammers, the Onyx Vibe features an industry leading 3 year warranty in its Carbon Fiber manufacturing process. The ball comes with a 2000 Abralon polished surface.
My "vitals" are a 405 rev rate with a PAP of 5 9/16 over and 1/8 up. I drilled an Onyx with a 50x5x40 layout. I am drilling my equipment currently without weight holes in conformity with the new rules that go into effect on August 1, 2018. I have used this ball at factory finish, 2000 Abralon and 1000 Abralon surfaces. I have tried the new Onyx Vibe on THS, Roth Sport and Shark Sport.
At the outset, it is clear that each of the current Vibes as its own unique motion. The Cherry is definitely the most angular. In my opinion, the Blue is good on a variety of patterns as it is strong yet controllable. The Onyx shows similar control as we see in the Blue but I think with the ability to go a little more left to right. Even without a weight hole, I can play straighter on the longer Roth and Shark patterns to start but I am also able to go a little more left to right with the Onyx as the first transition occurs. I would describe the motion on the Onyx as a very strong, defined hook. The stated purpose by Hammer that the Onyx offers the recovery of the Cherry with the length of the Blue does seem to be accurate.
Like with the any Vibe, because of the versatility of the core, many shapes cane be drilled into the ball and should suit a number of styles. I can see this ball in play on a number of different patterns depending on ball speed. I believe that the Onyx can handle a variety of pattern volumes given the cover strength except the very high volumes at which one you would look for a stronger core/cover combination.
See your local proshop for more information about the new Onyx Vibe!
By Joe Somd from Seattle, WA
The Best Bang for your buck in the entry level
This ball has always been a favoruite of mine so I was so happy to see it back. It rolls just a sgood as I remeber and with the new layout i put on it, even better...
My OG Onyx Vibe was pin under the ring and kicked CG. It was a beast. When the Blue Vibe came out last year, I threw the same layout on it as my Onyx Vibe had on it. Since the covers were basically the same, it rolls just as great as the OG Onyx did.
Fast forward to this month and my new Onyx Vibe is on the drill press - I didn't want the same layout as before because I already had that. So this time i decided to go pin above ring finger and stack the cg right below it. What I got was a ball that went longer than the Blue Vibe BUT still had that strong amazing back end reaction that gave me a huge area down lane to hit. This ball is great for anyone who needs something in the bag for later in the set OR that new bowler who wants to get the most amount of direction change or hook for a great price!
By Stefanie Johnson from Texas
My Favorite VIBE
Hey Y'all..... Stefanie Johnson here. I have to say out of the VIBE series, this one is my favorite.
I have primarily used it on lighter to medium patterns when I like to play the lanes straighter. Certainly allows me to keep my angles closed yet still finish through the pins.
Great addition to your arsenal if you are looking for something like that!
By Hammerhead216 from Cleveland, Ohio
In the process of purchasing another one.
We drilled this with dual angle layout of 60 X 4.5 X 75. For me this gives me great length with a strong skid flip motion if playing left of the track. The ball also allows me to get on top or right of the track and make a smooth transition of the spot to the pocket. This is a must have ball from Hammer bowling. From beginner to advanced tournament player this ball has what you need to round out your arsenal.
By Sammy K. from Hammond, IN
The Name says it all!!!
If you were a fan of the Original Onyx Vibe, this will not disappoint!!! Very similar reaction to the original. When you need to move in to the center of the lane and give the ball some room, it will always make it back with unbelievable energy through the pins. When the lane transitions, this will be a must have in the bag... Go get yourself one... The name speaks for itself!!!
By Haley Cummings from Dayton, Ohio
Go buy it
This ball has quickly found a special place in my heart. This ball is smooth yet transfers a great amount of energy to the pins. I use mine during transition or later in blocks, but this ball is something special and will compliment anyone on anything you bowl on. You don't miss this the 2nd time around!
By Michael S from N. Little Rock, AR
High performance at value price
The new Onyx vibe for me is a little different than the original. This ball is a little longer down the lane but very controllable. The Vibe line is one of the best values on the market, gives you great performance at a lower price point. This is one that a little less money does not sacrifice any performance.