It's part of the strategy; it's also why a team with the hammer will often try for a blank end rather than scoring 1 point. Scoring 2 is worth losing the hammer, scoring 1 often isn't.So because the US got the steal, I assume that means Sweden gets the hammer again? That will be 4 times in 5 ends that Sweden has had the hammer. I'm not sure I like the hammer rule. Seems to keep a team in it that isn't playing well, while keeping the door open for them to get a big end along the way, or maybe that's the point.
I like it. I also basically quit watching volleyball when they stopped using sideout scoring.