November 12th, 2010 | Published in Ball Reviews
51.5 Hook 14.5 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape
Core Design: The symmetric Bullet core shape mirrors the Hammer Grind’s (July 2010). The medium RG of 2.56 promotes later midlane revs, while the .045 Diff will offer about 5” of track flare with aggressive layouts. This taller core shape allows for easier length.
Coverstock: The Violent Flip reactive formula is slightly less aggressive than the Hardcore Grind Violent, but the surface is duller with the four-stage uses of 800, 1k and 2k Abralon pads. Coloring fuses blacks and deep purples. Oil traction is above average and response time off dry is moderate.
Manufacturer’s Intent: Hammer’s marketing release offers the following: ”We’ve gone with a more aggressive coverstock for our new Hardcore series ball. The Brawl features our Violent Flip Reactive coverstock for more mid-lane friction and backend motion. Violent Flip Reactive has a very tunable coverstock that gives the Brawl a wide range of potential ball shapes and motions. The Brawl’s coverstock is a fairly strong one at 7 out of 10 in our FCC System.”
Test Results: Both Hardcore variations supply control with above-average hitting power for most light-medium to medium volumes of oil. Our higher rev-rate testers even found success on heavier volumes, albeit with a more direct line. The Brawl will provide a secure mid-lane read with a controlled to hard arc at the end of the pattern, contingent on bowler layout choice.
When to Use: The Brawl excelled on most THS (typical house shots), as well as some wet/dry patterns. We felt the Brawl gave us a few extra boards of area at the breakpoint and still delivered good carry power and continuation through the pin deck. Players looking for more open launch angles or the swing-it and bring-it approach should consider Hammer’s Jigsaw line or Widow series with their stronger asymmetric core designs. Players looking for more down-and-in attack angles will migrate toward the Hardcore and Vibe series. Overall, the Brawl offers above-average performance at moderate pricing. Our favorite layouts with wider usability traits were 4” pin variations both above and below the fingers.