Hammer: Arson Pearl

August 5th, 2012  |  Published in Ball Reviews

48 Hook 15.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “Arson Pearl takes the mid-lane features of the Arson [July 2011] and pushes them farther down the lane for a more angular backend response,” says Jeff Ussery. “With Hammer’s Max-Corner Reactive Pearl coverstock, the Arson Pearl is the perfect option on medium oil lane conditions.”

Core Design: The Arson Pearl shares the same symmetric core found in the original Arson. The RG is low at 2.48, while the .045 differential is medium. We saw 5 inches maximum track flare. The Arson core remains one of our favorites.

Coverstock: The new Max-Corner pearl cover is colored with red and turquoise. The surface is sanded with 500, 1000 and 2000 grits prior to the factory-applied high-gloss polish. Oil traction is limited, while dry traction response is quick. This cover has a very low Ra reading, perfect for light to medium oil volumes.

Test Results: The Arson Pearl could be classified as a benchmark pearl for many. It possesses all the attributes deemed necessary for this honor: a release-friendly core; a versatile, user-friendly, medium-strength coverstock formula; and above-average hitting and carry power. These attributes, plus the fact that it houses an arcing symmetrical core shape, solidify this badge. When compared to the original Arson, we saw 2 to 3 boards less overall hook, mostly in the first 40 feet or so. After the 40-foot mark, the new pearl responded more quickly and more angularly as well. It also displayed more roll in the midlane due to our test drill layouts.

When to Use: Use the Arson Pearl on fresh or broken-down, medium oil volume patterns. Most players whose rev rate matches their ball speed will find that the ball offers easy push, a strong roll in the midlane, followed by a strong arcing breakpoint shape. Sanding the surface with the same 2000 grit as the original Arson resulted in more mid-lane and back-end hook. The Max-Corner coverstock provides more overall lane traction when in oil and off friction.

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