Here is my review for the highly anticipated and slightly controversial release from Hammer, the Bad Ass! Gutsy move to give a ball that name without being able to strike a bunch!
I put my favorite symetrical layout on the Bad Ass. Went with 5×4.25 putting the pin directly above my bridge. This layout usually allows me to see a balls maximum potential for midlane read and strong backend.
This ball has motion I haven’t really seen from a Hammer ball in quite awhile. Reads the mids quite well, can get a bit squirty with the out of box surface. I had best success after hittin the cover with a 2k pad by hand. Big backend ball for Hammer in my opinion, I find most of their stuff is much smoother. I loved throwin the Bad Ass.
First series out of the box I popped 247, 289, 300 for 836. This ball is a great combination of smooth and angular enough to shred thru the pins. This in my opinion could be Hammer’s biggest release since the Black Widow…ya I went there!! I will give the Bad Ass 8.5/10 for reaction, would be higher but limited with out of box surface or in heavy oil. Regardless, this is gonna be a winner for Hammer.
Shelf appeal is off the charts for no other reason than the name and eye popping logo. A mix of Hammer’s colors orange and black with a “Bad Ass” logo earns Hammer a 9/10 for shelf appeal. I like the name, not offended at all, and the name fits the ball.
LANE CONDITION MEDIUM OIL
REACTION SKID FLIP
COVERSTOCK JUICED SOLID
COLOR BLACK / ORANGE
FINISH 500, 2000 ABRALON AND FACTORY POLISH AT 300 RPM
WEIGHT 12-16 LB.
RG / DIFFERENTIAL
#16 RG (2.49) Diff (.042)
#15 RG (2.48) Diff (.048)
#14 RG (2.52) Diff (.047)
#13 RG (2.56) Diff (.030)
#12 RG (2.63) Diff (.025)
Until next time peeps,