Bowler Ratings


Bowler ratings are from 1 to 10 in order of Stroker (ST), Tweener (TW), Cranker (CR)

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General Info

Name:Rip'D Pearl
Reviewed:October 2018
Coverstock Specs
Name:Aggression Pearl CFI
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:500 / 1000 / 3000 Abralon
Color:Blue / Gold / Light Blue
Core Specs
Int. Diff:0.014

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Hammer’s latest Rip’D release features a pearlized version of the Aggression CFI cover. This coverstock surrounds the same asymmetrical Rip’D core shape as the previous two Rip’D releases. The Aggression Pearl CFI cover comes out of the box at a 3000 Abralon finish, which makes it smoother than the Rip’D Solid, but rougher than the polished and hybrid-covered Rip’D. This allows the Rip’D Pearl to bite through the oil more than the original Rip’D, while offering more back end hook than the Rip’D Solid.

This ball’s midlane traction and strong downlane motion allowed it to perform best on our heavy oil test pattern, with Cranker and Tweener liking their reactions on the fresh just a little better than Stroker. They were both two boards right with their feet from where they played on this pattern with the Rip’D Solid. Keeping their targets the same at the arrows, the Rip’D Pearl cleared the front of the lane easier and made a sharper move when it hit the dry at the end of the pattern. Tweener never had to watch his speed, which is something he generally has to be mindful of with pearlized balls. This ball’s cover was strong enough to handle slight misses to the left into the heaviest part of the pattern. Once the track started to open up, Cranker and Tweener could both start moving their feet left and see much more continuation than with the Rip’D Solid. Stroker had to be 5-and-3 right

Additional Hammer Rip’D Pearl Resources

Click here to visit Hammer's website to read the manufacturer-supplied information on this ball. Also, see below for the manufacturer-produced promotional video for this ball.

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