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Old 10-26-2009, 09:59 PM
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Fab Ball Hammer ??

I rolled a few practice games today, nothing to bragg about, so I won't.
After bowling I just casually looked at a few balls on the house rack. There was Hammer Fab Ball that looks in great shape. So I pick it up and it's a perfect fit, may need to loosen up the thumb a bit. I may have to try throwing this thing. The question is, What can I expect out of it? Is it a strong ball, dry laner, or what? It looks like it may be an older ball, but the cover looks great, previously owned by Pete. would this ball be worth a try?
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:06 PM
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

If you're talking about some old Urathane balls, then any of the old Hammers were good, whether they were Red, Blue, or Black...
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:09 PM
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My first "hook" ball was a 13# black Fabal Hammer. It has a smooth, even arc, very mild reaction. I still have not topped the 278 I bowled with it 11 years ago in a ProAm. I eventually polished it used it for a spare ball when I moved to reactive coverstock, when they started oiling heavier.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:56 PM
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I thought Pete threw Storm

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Old 10-27-2009, 10:29 AM
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What color is it?
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:37 PM
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

My buddy had a blue faball hammer, and it hooked really well for him. it probably had thousands of games on it, before he even touched it. It looked like it as well. The older balls were definitely better built, as it doesn't have any hairline cracks around the finger holes for as many games as it has seen.

I had a storm ball that had hairline fractures from the finger holes after just one game.

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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

in it's day the blue Faball was the best ball going.

It will roll like a typical urethane ball Roy smooth and read the lane well
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

i really LOVE urethane when i have a bit of dry to bump it to. it hooks smoothly off the dry boards and it gives me a bit more control if i tend to roll the ball slightly different from shot to shot.

what i mean is, it seems like a resin ball reacts different with even the slightest change in your speed, roll, spin, lift, etc. but a urethane gives me a little bit of room when i dont roll it axact.

if i want to average 185-190, i use todays resin. i've tried all kinds of layouts from super tame to allout hook. just get a consistant reaction. but if i want to average 220-230 i use urethane. i drill urethane with leverage weight or pin above the fingers with cg under palm.

my urethane arsenal is star trak x15 ultimate weapon & burgandy weapon blue hammer and red pearl hammer, blue pearl turbo.

first 6 weeks of league, i used my new morich and storm balls. they have a variety for drilling layouts. i averaged 187 with a high series of 598. they just seem too over-under for me. sure they hit great when you hit the pocket, but they seem too touchy.

i went back to my urethane balls the last 4 weeks and i've shot 693-708-729-752 with a red star trak x15. this ball was out in 1987.

i keep checking around for a black hammer at the local garage sales. no luck yet, but i still keep my eyes peeled.

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Old 10-29-2009, 11:11 AM
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

You should give the Storm Natural a try, I found it to roll really well. The best part of urethane is you don't have to clean it! Wipe it down after your set, and keep plugging away.

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Old 10-29-2009, 12:30 PM
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

If you're looking for some newer stuff thats comparable to the old urethane, Motiv has some newer urethane stuff out.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:32 PM
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

I have a #16 Blue Faball in my basement, I wish I threw #16, because from what I've seen, it works great on shorter sport patterns.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:46 PM
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

Didn't Fab ball use another compound before urethane? I also think Fab ball came before Hammer....can someone correct me if I'm wrong on that information? If it did, I have some interesting info about Fab ball that I remember from the 60's early 70's.

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Old 10-18-2013, 05:14 PM
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FaBall made the hammer, and many variations of it. Hammer wasn't a brand name back then, just a line of balls. It would be similar to the vibes or taboos, not in reaction, of course, but that they are just a ball name from a brand.

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My friend Calvin (some may remember him from the Mid Atlantic tourney) is bowling with our team now. He has a Fab Ball Hammer. When the bad boy hits the pocket, the carry is nothing short of awesome. Need to get him to hit the pocket more LOL.
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i really LOVE urethane when i have a bit of dry to bump it to. it hooks smoothly off the dry boards and it gives me a bit more control if i tend to roll the ball slightly different from shot to shot.

what i mean is, it seems like a resin ball reacts different with even the slightest change in your speed, roll, spin, lift, etc. but a urethane gives me a little bit of room when i dont roll it axact.

if i want to average 185-190, i use todays resin. i've tried all kinds of layouts from super tame to allout hook. just get a consistant reaction. but if i want to average 220-230 i use urethane. i drill urethane with leverage weight or pin above the fingers with cg under palm.

my urethane arsenal is star trak x15 ultimate weapon & burgandy weapon blue hammer and red pearl hammer, blue pearl turbo.

first 6 weeks of league, i used my new morich and storm balls. they have a variety for drilling layouts. i averaged 187 with a high series of 598. they just seem too over-under for me. sure they hit great when you hit the pocket, but they seem too touchy.

i went back to my urethane balls the last 4 weeks and i've shot 693-708-729-752 with a red star trak x15. this ball was out in 1987.

i keep checking around for a black hammer at the local garage sales. no luck yet, but i still keep my eyes peeled.
The blue StarTrak was the first ball I bought new...I wonder whatever happened to that one...
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RoyLay, here's an interesting article that I found about your area. I to am from vermilion and worked at Ford with a local bowler that also worked on the faball back then and he even bowled at LE lanes in vermilion....enjoy.

Baldwin, 49, a bearded former motorcycle racer and parts supplier, got a call from an old friend, Earl Widman, a former pro bowler from St. Louis. Widman had found an inventor named John Fabinich, of Lorain, Ohio, who was making bowling balls with a unique two-piece design. Widman liked the ball and wanted Baldwin to try it.
Because of its design, the ball had more "hook" and hit the pins harder, Baldwin said.
Widman and another man bought the patent rights from Fabinich, who was molding the balls from polyester in a trailer. The pair sold Baldwin on the idea of manufacturing the balls.
In the back room of a pro shop on Harford Road in Parkville eight years ago, the men began learning how to make bowling balls, using Fabinich's design, but employing a newer material, urethane.
A soft plastic, urethane was just coming into its own as a material for bowling balls, mostly because bowling alleys had stopped using flammable lacquer coatings on their lanes and had begun using a polyurethane coating instead.
It turned out that a ball made of urethane reacted best against lanes coated with urethane, creating more friction, and thus greater power and hook, Baldwin said.
Since those early days, Faball has steadily grown. Baldwin's plant, which was in Highlandtown for years, recently moved into smaller, but more efficient, space on Broening Highway.

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RoyLay, here's an interesting article that I found about your area. I to am from vermilion and worked at Ford with a local bowler that also worked on the faball back then and he even bowled at LE lanes in vermilion....enjoy.

Baldwin, 49, a bearded former motorcycle racer and parts supplier, got a call from an old friend, Earl Widman, a former pro bowler from St. Louis. Widman had found an inventor named John Fabinich, of Lorain, Ohio, who was making bowling balls with a unique two-piece design. Widman liked the ball and wanted Baldwin to try it.
Because of its design, the ball had more "hook" and hit the pins harder, Baldwin said.
Widman and another man bought the patent rights from Fabinich, who was molding the balls from polyester in a trailer. The pair sold Baldwin on the idea of manufacturing the balls.
In the back room of a pro shop on Harford Road in Parkville eight years ago, the men began learning how to make bowling balls, using Fabinich's design, but employing a newer material, urethane.
A soft plastic, urethane was just coming into its own as a material for bowling balls, mostly because bowling alleys had stopped using flammable lacquer coatings on their lanes and had begun using a polyurethane coating instead.
It turned out that a ball made of urethane reacted best against lanes coated with urethane, creating more friction, and thus greater power and hook, Baldwin said.
Since those early days, Faball has steadily grown. Baldwin's plant, which was in Highlandtown for years, recently moved into smaller, but more efficient, space on Broening Highway.
I retired from the Lorain Ford plant in 97 after 30 yrs. I may know you!
I also bowled at Lake Erie Lanes in the 70s and 80s. My wife even worked in the snack bar for a few years.
I had one of the original Fab Balls that I got from my bro n law, really nice shape. It was 15# so I gave it to my nephew to try.
I know the name changed from Fab Ball to Fab Ball. I wonder if they still make the Fab Ball, or is it just the Hammer?
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Re: Fab Ball Hammer ??

Roylay...I transferred to Avon in '73 with commercial and retired in '99 with 31 yrs. The guy that I mentioned bowled at Erie lanes and I think they were testing it at Broadway lanes in Lorain before they named so that was before the actual name if my memory serves me (@46 yrs ago)?
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