After much anticipation, the Hammer Black Widow is back in a 2.0 version. The new Hammer Black Widow 2.0 showcases the original black and red colors as well as the original reaction shape that has been updated to perform on today's lane conditions. This ball provides plenty of traction on medium to heavy oil conditions and produces a massive continuous ball motion which gives a lot of angle resulting in the high scores the Black Widow bowling balls are known for. The Black Widow 2.0 core is the Gas Mask core, the same as the original. This core is wrapped in a Carbon Fiber outer core which provides durability and power. The coverstock used us the Aggression Solid which is finished with a 500, 1000, 2000 Siaair finish.
The legend is back and better than ever!
The original to the legend to the pink there has always been a staple among them - Backend Bite!
This ball is very clean through the heads and when it sees friction it make a turn to the pocket, but its not something uncontrollable. Mine is drilled Pin up above the ring finger and the cg kicked just right of the ring and the mass bias in about 1 inch off of the thumb. A layout I used on many Widows - I was expecting to see a familiar reaction. I saw that on a higher level and I was very surprised to see how the Widow now under Brunswick's umbrella was going to react and they have Knocked this out of the park!!!
I had the Original Black Widow around the 2006 time frame. Hammer has done a great job with this update. The Black Widow 2.0 performs exactly like I remember my original performing. I still get that great clean look through the front of the lane, but the movement at the break gives extreme power going through the pins. I drilled my Black Widow 2.0 at 55 x 4 1/2 x 35. This ball currently the first ball out of my bag, and I believe anybody will be able to find a spot in their bag for this extremely versatile ball. Hammer has a ball in the Black Widow 2.0 that will change the game just like the original Black Widow did all those years ago.
The Hammer Black Widow series is new to me as I wasn't bowling when the Widows were first introduced. I was/am a fan of the Black Widow Pink from last year and I have to say I'm an instant fan of the Black Widow 2.0. I was surprised how clean it is through the front part of the lane but then it has a very strong, smooth rounded shape to and through the pins. You don't want to miss out on this one. I would says it's a little cleaner than my Track Proof Solid , similar rounded shape but a little more continuous.
Here is my take on the new Hammer Black Widow 2.0. The Hammer Black Widow 2.0 features the well-known, proven Gas Mask core wrapped by the Aggression Solid cover. The Black Widow 2.0 is Black/Red in color and factory finish is 2000 Siaair.
My "vitals" are a 405 rev rate with a PAP of 5 9/16 over and 1/8 up. I drilled the Black Widow 2.0 with a 55 x 5 ½ x 28 layout and have used on both fresh and leftover THS, a left over medium distance challenge pattern and fresh Kegel Tungsten. I have thrown it at factory finish and 4000 Abralon.
The purpose of the Black Widow 2.0 was to recreate the original ball motion of the 2006 original Black Widow, but for today's slicker oils/higher volumes etc. Over the years, I have had good success with Gas Mask core equipment because they always seem to clear the fronts and retain energy to show strong continuous back end motion. After working with the new Widow 2.0 for several days in different environments, the stated objective of the Widow 2.0 was achieved. Notwithstanding the aggressive cover and surface preparation, the Widow 2.0 did clear the fronts with ease. The backend motion is best described as strong/continuous. Compared to a similarly drilled Redemption Solid (which shares a similar cover/surface prep) the Widow 2.0 is definitely cleaner through the front and stronger in the back. When prepped with 4000 Abralon, the ball shows even greater length but I preferred the box surface as I felt the more aggressive surface was a little less sensitive to transition. My experience with the Gas Mask core has shown that different ball motions can easily be achieved with different layouts. From what I have seen, this ball should be very versatile for a number of different bowlers in many environments. The Widow 2.0 ideally should excel on medium to heavy volume patterns with medium to longer distances.
See your local proshop for more on the Hammer Black Widow 2.0.
I've had the chance to throw this in our wood training center and all I can say is WOW! I wasn't a huge fan of the other recent widow releases but this one will have a spot in my bag for sure. This ball really gets through the front part and midlane and has a nice continuous motion downlane but VERY responsive. This will definitely be a piece in both my league and tournament bags.
Black widow 2.0 is exactly what you would expect out of a widow. This balls reads the mid lane and has that nice continuous motion through the pins that you would expect from a widow. I know people were curious how this ball would be when brunswick took over and I can tell you this ball didn't disappoint. I pretty much stayed in the puddle on the house pattern and besides a few wrap 10s this ball was getting to the pocket with ease and getting through the pins. So if you like the widows dont miss out on this one.
Are you ready for a feeling of nostalgia, while striking on todays conditions?!?! I drilled this ball with a 50 x 5 x 35 layout, which is the layout that I've used on at least one of each widow release, and it puts the pin above my ring finger. The ball really blends out the medium to heavy oil patterns that I see and it gives me a continuous and predictable motion!
Is the core symmetrical or asymmetrical11/4/2020 - By Anthemius Augustulus III
What’s the big difference between these I’m 64 lady and throwing a 14 lb I need to go lighter so I have a pink widow hammer Asymmetric11/20/2020 - By Sissy
The Pink Hammer was a pearl coverstock with a polished finish to help the ball get down the lane before it started hooking and gave it more of an angular backend hook. The Widow 2.0 has a solid cover with a duller finish so it will start reading earlier on the lanes and have a smoother arcing hook.11/25/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I’m taking up bowling again, I’m left handed, 6’3 , 270 lbs, pro at bowling alley recommended I get a tropical storm or a fever pitch. I’m really interested in the black widow 2.0 , any ideas11/22/2020 - By Easyed
The Tropical and Fever Pitch are more designed to work in medium to lighter oil conditions. This Widow 2.0 is more suited for medium to heavier oil conditions. Maybe the local pro at your alley knows that the lanes are not as oily so he recommended the first options to work for you. The Widow may be too strong and hook too much if you try it in lighter oil conditions.11/25/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Since this is a solid will it break a lot sooner that the hybrid black widow bg?11/24/2020 - By Tay
Yes, this will read a lot earlier than the Widow Hybrid Black/Gold. The Widow Hybrid Black/Gold also had a polished finish out of the box to help give it more length compared to the duller 2000 grit finish on the Widow 2.0.11/25/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff