Hammer: Infection

March 9th, 2011  |  Published in Ball Reviews

55 Hook 14.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The Biohazard asymmetric core boasts a medium RG level of 2.50. The Diff comes in at .055 and the intermediate Diff is .011. We saw nearly 6” of track flare with the 4 and 5” layouts. The core also is used in Hammer’s heavy oil Plague.

Coverstock: The Infection features an all-new Level 3 coverstock, which is formulated to create added friction in oil and off the dry. The cover’s enhanced porous structure incorporates added texture for increased traction. Colors are fuzed blues, greens and black. The sanded process uses 800, 1k, 2k and 4k Abralon pads. Response time off dry is quick, while oil traction is above average.

Manufacturer’s Intent: According to Hammer’s press release, the new Infection incorporates the Plague Biohazard core with a stronger coverstock formula for a stronger version of the popular Plague.

Test Results: The first pattern we threw the Infection’s way was the Mexico City 45’, 2-1 ratio, heavy oil Sport pattern. With box finish, the Infection played fine with closed launch angles around boards 12-13. Pin carry was very good with pins both above and below the fingers at a 4.5” distance from the PAP. When compared to a like-drilled Taboo, the Infection read the lane about a foot sooner with about 1-2 boards more total hook. Breakpoint shape was very similar between these two superstars. With a 500-grit sanding, we saw an even stronger midlane read, plus an additional 2 to 3 boards of total hook.

When to Use: The Infection will play great on most medium and heavier patterns, as will Hammer’s Taboo and Plague. All three will supply bowlers with a variety of downlane hook motions contingent on layout choice and surface prep. Highly polished, the Infection reminded us of a pearl Black Widow, albeit with a touch more total hook due the Level 3 cover formula. The medium level RG and hefty Diff will undoubtedly help rev-challenged releases open up many house patterns with aggressive drilling patterns. High-rev bowlers can tame down any over-reaction with lower pin layouts and/or weaker pin locations.

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