Hammer created the Raw series of bowling balls to enhance an experienced bowler's arsenal and to offer beginners a performance option for their first bowling ball. The Hammer Raw Hybrid Orange/Black features the Raw Hammer core which is covered with the Juiced Hybrid coverstock then finished with a 500 then 1000 then 2000 grit Siaair sanding pad and finally polished with Crown Factory Compound. This combination of core, cover and finish gives this ball length with a strong backend and is ideal for light to medium oil.
This was my first bowling ball I purchased. I've had it for about a month before writing this review (bowled 7 times with it so far). I wanted something hybrid to help me learn how to hook before getting a high performance ball. This ball has been everything I have hoped for. Perfect first ball for me. Doesn't hurt that it looks amazing rolling down the lanes either lol.
If you are buying your first ball, or your local lanes don't have much oil on them, this ball would be great for you. I would make sure to buy a shammy pad too, just incase your lanes do end up having a bit of oil on them. You'll def need one to clean this ball with so you can still get some hook. Get 13 lbs. or higher as well, I got 12 lbs. just because it was my first one but 12 just comes up short on some strikes sometimes.
Bought this today and it preformed better then expected. When I hit my mark it was spot on pocket . When I missed it had enough break at the back end and it carried through the pins not leaving bad or tough spares. This is a great ball
Like the color, performance, Hammer is one of my personal favorite.
Just got the ball a few weeks ago and my second time using it got my first 600 series of the season. Still learning the do's and don'ts with the ball, but early results are very good.
Recently changed to two-handed bowling. That means more revs with a strong release. When first throwing my Raw, my ball speed was way down (10.2) and the ball seemed to hook a bit too much. But practicing with a smoother release, better steps, and a higher ball speed (14.9), she went down the floor and zeroed into that pocket knocking pins all over the place. My Raw just wanted to be let loose to show me what it could do.
I have a medium to dry house shot and I am a 2 handed, 500 rev rate player. Start by saying I am a storm guy through and through, but this ball is a life saver for me. Our house shot definitely favors a straighter approach and this ball fits the bill perfectly. It holds inside in the oil and explodes at the pocket. Revs up really nice. Is one of the few balls that I have that is super snappy yet seems really controllable. I think this is just due to the fact that it doesn’t try to start up hill too fast. Definitely recommend trying one out
Got it for a Christmas present. Just after it arrived a day early, got a call to sub in another league. Took it in hoping to get it drilled for my regular league tomorrow, but Dave had it ready to go during warm up. It only took 3 throws to line up, I'm straight down the boards. Decided to start with it and it went all 3 games, 684 ain't bad for my 187 avg.
Great Ball got it for my fiance she loves it
Raw Hammer Hybrid Orange / Black Is Definitely A Great New Addition To The Hammer Line Of Bowling Balls... The Orange / Black One Is Starting To Become One Of My Favorites.. Definitely The First Ball Out Of My Bag When Bowling On A Shorter Volume Or Shorter Length Oil Patterns...It Definitely Gets Down Lane Smooth And Really Saves The Energy And Really Drives Through The Pins! The Combination Of The Cover And Core On This Ball Really Helps Me Stay Further To The Right And Keep My Angles Tight To The Pocket When The Fronts Are Really Beginning To Hook Early! The Length Downlane And Strong But Controllable Back End Drive Through The Pins Is Definitely A Great Ball To Have In Your Tournament Arsenal And When Lanes Transition ! Make Sure You Visit Your Local Pro Shop Today And This Great Line Of Bowling Balls To Your Bag Today You Wont Regret It! I Sure Havent And Might Drill A Few More IN The Future!
My Hammer Raw Hybrid is drilled 55 x 4.5 x 30, identical to my solid and it compliments the Solid perfectly! The OOB finish allowed me to play the same line as the Raw Solid and although I switched to the hybrid sooner than I normally would have in league or tournament, the hybrid never lost energy and read the midlane perfectly with a decent amount of oil still present. This is definitely a great 1-2 punch combo with the Raw Solid! Not often I say must have, but you get versatility and performance from both!
Very good ball behaves according to the weight. It's still up to the user to throw the strikes. Like it..
I've Been throwing this ball on medium and dry lanes for about a month now, my revs are around 300, For medium lanes i have to throw 15 mph to go for a more hook centered throw, but for faster throws with medium revs (Medium oil), I wouldn't go as much of a hook centered throw
The Hammer Raw Hybrid is a ball that I found to be smooth and controllable from front to back. On a fresh house shot, this hybrid was still to clean. Hit the surface lightly with a 2000 pad and the ball read earlier and created better continuation through the pins.
The Raw Hybrid by Hammer can be found in the new, lower mid performance line up along with a solid and pearl versions.
Truly, a lot of ball for the price.
Nothing hits like a Hammer!!
what is the symbol for a symmetrical and asymmetrical ball
There is not currently a symbol to distinguish which balls have a Symmetric versus Asymmetric weight block but Asymmetric weight blocks are usually only found in higher performance bowling balls and just a few upper mid performance balls. Mid performance balls will almost always have a symmetric weight block which is the case for the Hammer Raw series.
How do I get measured for drilling
You would need to get the measurements at a local proshop. If you have a drill sheet from a previous ball you had drilled then you can use that drill sheet to fill out our drill sheet.
Which raw bowling ball is comparable to blue hustle
There are a few Hustle bowling balls that have had the color blue so I could not be exactly sure which Hustle you are wanting to compare to but this is very comparable to the Hustle series. Both are mid performance for medium to lighter oil conditions. Both have similar polished finishes out of the box to give them good length and both have a similar strength of weight block so they should be pretty comparable.
How would you compare this to the storm electrify pearl
The Raw hybrid and Electrify pearl are going to be very similar in overall hook. They also give you similar length with a strong backend hook in medium to light oil conditions. The cover on the Raw is hybrid which would normally read earlier than the pearl cover on the Electrify but the weight block on the Raw reacts a little later so this balances them back out to be very comparable.
What would be a good ball for someone trying to move up a bit from this ball. I’ve had this ball for a bit and it works great but now want something a little stronger. What would be some good suggestions?
If you like the length that this ball gives you but want something stronger on the backend and something that may be able to handle a little more oil then you could go up to the Web Pearl or the new Widow Ghost.
What is the pin size on this ball?
You may request a pin placement if you know which pin placement you need to get a specific drilling layout. If you are not sure what pin to request you may check with your driller before ordering to confirm what you need to request for.
Is this for someone bowling a straight ball
This ball is designed to have hook potential for medium to lighter oil conditions so if you wanted a ball that goes straight you could get a less expensive ball that is more designed to go straight. You may search under the spare bowling ball options because they are best for throwing straight.
What ball can replace the hammer scandel
The Scandal was a high performance ball that was duller to read earlier on the lanes and worked mostly in heavy oil. This ball is on the opposite side of the performance scale because it is a mid performance ball for lighter oil conditions and reads later on the lanes. You could use this ball as a backup to the Scandal for when the Scandal is too aggressive and you need something to transition to in medium to lighter oil conditions.
I am a straight down the lane stroker bowler, 13 ball speed & lower rev...is this a good ball choice for me?
This ball is designed to go long on the lane and have a sharp backend hook on medium to lighter oil. So this would match your style and work well for you in these conditions.
How would you compare this to the roto grip hustle wine
This would actually be a pretty close comparison. Both are mid performance bowling balls for medium to lighter oil and both give you good length with a decent backend hook. The Hammer has a hybrid cover which would typically read a little smoother but the Wines finish may even that out some so they are still very similar.
Does this ball have a core in the 12 lb ball???
Yes, 12lbs has a slightly different weight block but it will still have a weight block. Here is a link to view this on Hammers website: https://hammerbowling.com/products/raw-hammer-orange-black
Do you have a 12lb or close to 12lb in stock?
We currently show 12lbs available in the weight selection drop down box. However, a ball listed as 12lbs could be with a few ounces of 12lbs so you would need to mention the customer comments section or in the pin/top weight specs box if you want the ball to be a specific 12lbs weight like 12lbs even or 12lbs 3oz.