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Hammer Viral Hybrid

Hammer continues the success of the Viral bowling balls with the Hammer Viral Hybrid. This version offers a stronger mid-lane reaction while keeping the consistent and predictable reaction of the previous Viral balls on dry to medium oil conditions. All of this is achieved by combining the Vibe core with the Violent Flip Hybrid coverstock and finishing it with a 500 grit and then 2000 grit Abralon pad and then Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. This bowling ball is infused with Carbon Fiber! Hammer added this tough material to the inner core of this ball to add strength and durability so that they can offer an incredible 3 year warranty.

  • Color: Lime/Gold Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Coverstock: Violent Flip Hybrid
  • Finish: 500 / 2000 Abralon Polished w/Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
  • Core: Vibe with Flex-Resin Additive, Ceramix Surfacing Process, and Carbon Fiber Outer Core.
  • Reaction: Skid / Flip
  • RG: 2.51 (for 15# ball)
  • Differential: .042 (for 15# ball)
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Light Oil
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 year limited
  • FCC Rating: Total- 18.5, Finish- 7, Core- 6.5, Cover- 5
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • Product ID: 9895
  • Brand: Hammer
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: Mid Performance Balls
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By from Sarasota, FL
5/5 Stars
Great Looking Ball, Medium-Lighter Lane Patterns, Versatile Ball
Heavy Lane Patterns
Best Uses:
Medium-Lighter Lane Patterns
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Classic Vibe Core with Hybrid Coverstock

The Viral Hybrid features the great "Vibe" core along with a Hybrid coverstock, which is a first for the Vibe / Viral series. The colors of the Lime Green & Gold colors looks sharp going down the lane and Hybrid really performs great on the medium-lighter lane patterns. This ball definitely fits in between the Viral Solid and Viral Pearl. For those that did not throw any of the Viral balls yet, but have used any of the Vibes back in the day, this one reminds me very close to the original Cherry Vibe, but a touch earlier. With the Hybrid coverstock, it blends out the over/under while providing easy length with a controllable ball motion in the backends. I am extremely impressed with what I seen in this ball so far.

With the Carbon Fiber outter core and the new 3 year warrantee that Hammer provides for this ball, this is the BEST bang for your buck!

I think the Viral Hybrid will be a great addition to the bag for those looking for a ball to control the midlanes while turning the corner too. The coverstock really makes this ball shine compared to the other Virals that have been released to date. Very versatile ball… You will be impressed!

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By from Indianapolis, IN
5/5 Stars
Midlane Roll, Overall Hook, Great Length
Best Uses:
Medium - Light Oil
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Must Have Ball!!

This ball rolls exceptionally well for me and complements my Viral Pearl nicely. The hybrid starts rolling sooner than the pearl but never stops downlane. This balls actually hooks more than i expected but rolls great on a typical house shot and even lower volume sport patterns. If you're missing a ball than is clean through the fronts but still picks up and makes a nice continuous motion, this is the ball for you!!

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By from Knoxville, TN
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Viral Hybrid!!!!

Disclaimer: I love the Viral line. I drilled my ball the same way that I have my Viral which is pin above the bridge and cg is kicked to about 5 o'clock. This ball is earlier than my Viral but provides more back end pop than my viral solid does. I didn't make any surface changes to the ball. This ball will get a ton of use for me during league nights!

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By from Worcester, Massachusetts
5/5 Stars
Great shelf appeal, Excellent ball motion for medium/light volumes
Best Uses:
Medium to light volumes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Another Viral Winner

The Viral Hybrid combines the tried and true Vibe core (Carbon Fiber process and thus carries a 3 year warranty) with a hybrid version of the Violent Flip reactive cover. Box surface for the new Viral Hybrid is 500 to 2000 Abralon polished. This ball has great shelf appeal with its Lime/Gold Pearl cover.
I drilled mine with a 40 x 6 x 40 layout with a weight hole on my PAP. I have thrown the ball with box surface and with 500 to 2000 Abralon without polish. I have tried the ball on several THS as well as Chameleon sport pattern. My specs are average speed 15-16 MPH, 405 rev rate with a PAP of 5 9/16 over and 7/8 up.
The Vibe/Viral line has been of the true mainstays of Hammer's line up through the years & offers very predictable, consistent ball motion. As expected, the Viral Hybrid does indeed fit in between the original Viral & Viral Solid. I personally have found the ball to be a little closer to the original Viral than the Viral Solid, especially in terms of length. I also found that the box surface may over/under a little especially on a THS. By using a straight 500 to 2000 Abralon surface without the polish, the length is still there but it blends out most patterns. I also found that by adding a little surface, because the ball is so clean, backend motion and hitting power does not suffer.
I believe that this ball is best suited for medium/lighter volume patterns. I also believe, based on what I have seen, that the Viral Hybrid can be used on a variety of pattern distances. I was able to easily use the Viral Hybrid on broken down Chameleon with good success. On most THS, the Viral Hybrid will allow you to stand a little further right than other stronger equipment. Like with most Vibes/Virals, this new Viral can be drilled for a number of different ball motions & will suit many different styles of bowlers. My sense is that using this ball on the right volume of oil will be the key. For heavier volumes, use a Legend series ball or stronger Hammer symmetric.

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By from Valencia, Ca
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I would buy again

Hits very hard. Flips and drives through pins

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Question: Is this ball good for low rev rate

6/15/2016 - By

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Answer: Yes and No. I am sure some bowlers with a low rev will find this ball works and matches well with their style but there is more to consider than just rev rate. You would need to determine if your revs match your ball speed. If both your ball speed and rev rate are low, then this ball should work fine. If you have a low rev rate and high ball speed, then you will likely not want to get this ball. The ball has a late break on the lanes so if you throw fast and do not put much spin on the ball, you will not see much movement on this. You would need to find a ball that reads more midlane to help if you are a speed dominant player. We hope this helps.

6/16/2016 - By

Question: Does the core the same in a 13 pound balls as the 14 pound ball

9/15/2016 - By

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Answer: Hi Jane! Unfortunately, None of the Hammer balls have the same core in 12-13 that they do in the 14-16lb weights.

9/21/2016 - By

Question: I am bowling on wood lanes I'm trying to find a ball that won't hook. I bowl with all storm balls they work really good on the synthetic lanes but not on the all wood lanes

10/10/2016 - By

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Answer: If you are looking for a ball with no hook, most people use a Plastic/Spare ball for those shots.

10/13/2016 - By

Question: can the hammer viral hybrid ball be used polished and unpolished

11/18/2016 - By

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Answer: Hello. You can polish this ball to give it a longer length or unpolish it to make it break sooner.

11/21/2016 - By

Question: how is hook with dry to light oil with good speed

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