The Hammer Phobia was drilled with a 60 x 2" x 60 layout with a weight hole 5" from my mid grip. With these tamer layouts, I am able to play more direct up the boards; however, the offset is when I have to play deep when I lose overall energy and carry. Much to my surprise the Phobia is a wonderful compliment to the asymmetrical Widows with its symmetrical core as a welcome haven. The Phobia still rolls clean as it is designed and gives a good predictable motion off the back end. I really liked this one in the bag as it was a good go to when the Diesel was over reacting for me!
So I drilled my Phobia using a 70 x 5 1/2 x 65 layout, which put my din down and under my bridge. I was very impressed by the motion of this ball. Even though it has a symmetrical core it is more angluar than my Scandal Pearl and a little cleaner through the mids. This ball will fill the gap in my bag between my Scandal Pearl and my Rebel.
Was curious about this new addition to the Hammer line and where it would fit, so after drilling mine with a pin down layout, I am quite impressed with the ball motion that I see with the new Phobia which fits perfectly in the Legend series and offers a symmetrical core in this line. For me the Phobia is cleaner and a bit more angular overall compared to the Scandal Pearl and it is definitely stronger than the original Rebel so it fits perfectly in between those two balls. The Phobia really shines when you need to get inside the pattern and need a ball to turn the corner in the backends for various medium lane patterns. It will allow various styles of bowlers be able to start straighter and chase the oil if needed. I see the Scandal Pearl a little earlier and rolly compared to the Phobia which offers a skid/flip backend motion that does not stop cornering. The Phobia is about 3-4 boards weaker overall than the Scandal Pearl, but stores up more energy down the lane, and is about 3-4 boards more than my Rebel Pearl.
I really like what I see in this new release from Hammer and I think this ball will be a must have ball for those that are looking for something that offers a great motion to have an angular symmetrical rolling ball in your bag. - it really continues through the pin deck! Very versatile ball… You will be impressed!
With the standard 3 year warrantee that Hammer provides for their balls, this is another added value for your money!
Review by Michael Thompson /
(Posted on 1/10/2017)