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Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold

The Hammer Black Widow bowling balls keep rolling out and dominating the lanes. The Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold takes the Aggression Hybrid coverstock, and pairs it with their most angular core, the Gas Mask, to create a ball that goes long and then offers a strong backend motion when facing medium to heavy oil. This bowling ball is Carbon Fiber Infused! Carbon fiber is one of the toughest materials on earth. Hammer decided to add this material to the inner core of this ball for added strength and durability allowing them to offer an incredible 3 year warranty.

  • Color: Black/Gold
    All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
  • Coverstock: Aggression Hybrid
  • Core: Gas Mask (includes Flex-Resin additive, Ceramix surface process, and Carbon-Fiber outer core)
  • Finish: 500/1000 Abralon Polished w/ Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
  • Reaction: Length with Strong Backend
  • RG: 2.50**
  • Differential: .058**
  • ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
  • Hook Potential: High
  • Length: Long
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil
  • FCC Rating: Total-25.75, Finish-7.25, Core-8.75, Cover-9.75
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 year
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • SKU: HAMHMBWBKGD
  • Product ID: 11587
  • Brand: Hammer
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: Upper Mid-Performance Balls

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3/21/2019
By from Utah
5/5 Stars
Pros:

Beautiful, Great late lane reaction

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Amazing ball

This ball is amazing. I avg 153 and have been steady in the 150s for a long time. First series with this ball was a 201, 189, 200

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3/14/2019
By from jacksonville fl
5/5 Stars
Pros:

good

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

the best ball ever

love this ball, i use it all the time

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1/3/2019
By from Ellijay, GA
5/5 Stars

This ball makes me want to hit the lanes again.

This isn't a review, just a comment. The way this ball looks drew me to the page. I've read the stats on it and read the reviews, and if there's any new ball on the market that makes me want to get out on the lanes again, this is it. I stopped bowling a few years ago when my job took me to a city without a great bowling center, and now I've gotten older, retired, and haven't rolled a ball in several years. Switched to a 15 pound ball when I got a little older, but still managed to have a good average, and shoot some good series. In recent years I've fought cancer and won, survived a terrible fall, and am now on a very limited income so I don't buy new products anymore. I still have a dozen or so Ebonite balls in the basement that I sometimes look and dream about past years, and just reading about this ball makes me want to clean up a few of the old ones and see if I can still even roll one. It looks great, and it sounds as if it rolls just as great. Wishing you much success with it.

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12/4/2018
By from Morgan Hill,CA
5/5 Stars
Pros:

Length and Strength

Best Uses:

medium to medium heavy oil

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Must Have!!!

This ball is so versatile. This cover and core combo is long enough to get the ball through the heads for a straighter line but strong enough to keep it in your hand as lanes transition and you need to move left. This ball is a must have.

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10/7/2018
By from Seattle
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

1 in the bag and 2 more waiting

This core is obviously one of the most iconic cores in bowling. Hammer decided to pair it with the cover from the Rip'd. The result has been AWESOME!
If you liked the Black Widow Dark Legend but wanted a cleaner sharper pearl version - THIS is your ball. I love how it rolls like a true Widow but so strong and defined down lane. There isn't any quit in this ball. Its really good and keeps the pins low with that awesome RG resulting in more pin action. I enjoy seeing this ball's motion and you won't be disappointed in the results

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9/25/2018
By from Worcester, Massachsuetts
5/5 Stars
Pros:

Very versatile core/cover, shelf appeal, variety of pattern volumes/distances

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Black Widow B/G

Here is my take on the Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold. This new release features the Aggression Hybrid cover found on the Rip'd which surrounds the ever popular and proven Gas Mask core. Like all Hammers, the ball features an industry leading 3 year warranty. Factory finish is 1000 Abralon with Factory Finish Polish. Color is ...Black and Gold!
My "vitals" are a 405 rev rate with a PAP of 5 9/16 over and 1/8 up. I drilled the ball with 30 x 5 ½ by 10 layout. I am drilling my equipment currently without weight holes in conformity with the new rules that go into effect on August 1, 2018. I have used this ball at factory finish and 2000 Abralon on THS, USBC White and Shark Sport.
In my opinion, this is another great Gas Mask core ball. Compared to the original Rip'd, this new Widow shows a little more length and recovery. On a THS and even modified USBC White, the Widow B/G shows strong change of direction when it sees the friction. I have always found hitting power and carry to be excellent with Gas Mask core balls and this ball is no exception. With a more aggressive surface, the Widow B/G does pick up earlier but still shows plenty of change of direction down lane.
With the Gas Mask core, many different shapes can be created with a proper layout and with proper surface preparation, this ball should be in play on a variety of volumes and lengths. I believe this ball will work for many different styles of play.
See your local proshop for more information about the Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold!

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9/12/2018
By from farmville va
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

best black widow ever

this is by far the best one ive ever thrown and ive had them all first two games out the box 257 258 very smooth for me with a hard snap and hits like a mack truck

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9/10/2018
By from Columbus, OH
5/5 Stars

What I've been missing!

The Black and Gold Widow has given me the option to play strighter without fear of down lane reaction. Its length really helps me get through the front part of the lanes while still giving a strong continuous backend.

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8/22/2018
By from Cleveland Ohio
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Widow Black & Gold is MONEY!

The Iconic Gas Mask core is a perfect match for this Agression Hybrid cover stock. Drilled this with a dual angle layout of 50x4.25x80. With this layout i get the best of both worlds. Which is miss right down lane and the ball recovers strong enough to STILL go through the pins. If I miss in the middle of the lane in the puddle it sits and gets through the pins with now problem. Left the ball with the out of the box finish which matches up for high , medium and lower ball speeds. This is a great buy for anyone looking for a great ball with great motion and great control.

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8/22/2018
By from Bay Area, California
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Legend is Back!

I think most of us have used a Widow with the legendary gas mask core at some point in our bowling lives. Well, the legend is back and is better than ever. I had a chance to throw this bad boy on a typical house shot. Boy, it did not disappoint. Very clean through the heads with the controlled predictable widow back end. This ball hits and carry's like a true champ. Definitely my favorite widow to date. If you looking for a ball to tackle medium conditions, this is the ball for you. Plus, MAN!, this ball is beautiful...

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8/22/2018
By from Phoenix, AZ
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Gas Mask Core!

Wow! I love this ball...Clean through the front with a strong finish you can count on! This new Black Widow features the Aggression Hybrid coverstock with the Gas Mask core designed to perform best on medium to heavy oil.

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8/17/2018
By from Taylor, Michigan
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Gas Mask core strikes again!

The Hammer Black/Gold Widow features the Aggression Hybrid cover which is the same chemical base as the cover of the Hammer Rip'D. This ball fits nicely between the Rip'D and the BW Gold. You get the extra length than the Rip'D but still get a strong backend like the BW Gold. For me any cover used with the Gas Mask core is an immediate winner! Get yours today!

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8/3/2018
By from Hammond, IN
5/5 Stars
Pros:

Great Length with Strong Backend

Best Uses:

Medium to Heavy Oil

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

A Must Have Black Widow!!!

This ball reminds me of the Original Black Widow but with a stronger down lane motion!!! It is cleaner through the front part of the lane than the Black Widow Gold with even better backend continuation. This weight block and cover combination is great for medium to heavy lane conditions!!!

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7/26/2018
By from Dayton, Ohio
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Another great Widow!

The Widow line has always been very successful, and here is another great Widow ball! The Black Widow Black Gold for me, is cleaner than the Black Widow Gold with a little more back end. This ball is very versatile and can be used on so many different lane conditions. This is a great piece and you want this in your bag!

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2/24/2019
By from Parkersburg, WV
4/5 Stars
Pros:

Length and control

Cons:

Large volume patterns

Best Uses:

Dry fronts, still need asymmetrical down lane

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This Black Widow black/gold is must have for dries fronts

This Hammer Black Widow reminds me of the old Black Widow Venom. Very clean, controllable, and angular. The Black/Gold is the cleanest Black Widow yet. When the fronts burn up but they are still tighter down lane, and you still need an asymmetrical ball. Very angular with the famous Black Widow Gas Mask core.

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11/28/2018
By from Peru, IL
4/5 Stars
Pros:

Turns really hard off the spot

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

AMAZING Widow Ball

Always love the Widow motion. Very reliable and versatile and very hard off the spot.

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Question:

Would this ball be good to pair with the black widow gold?

7/31/2018 - By

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Yes, this would be a great pair with the Black Widow Gold.

8/1/2018 - By
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Would you add this ball to a lefty arsenal that includes; Orignal Black Urethane, Black Widow Urethane and Black Widow Dark Legend?

8/8/2018 - By

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Yes, this would be an excellent ball to add to your arsenal!

8/9/2018 - By
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Question:

Is the Black Gold Widow good at speed of 9 to 10 mph

8/11/2018 - By

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Yes, this would be an excellent ball for that!

8/13/2018 - By
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Question:

How bout paired with the Rip'd Hybird, Gauntlet Fury?

8/13/2018 - By

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This would be an excellent addition for those two bowling balls.

8/13/2018 - By
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Question:

how is this compared to the ripd gold?

8/15/2018 - By

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The Rip'd Solid will be more aggressive than the Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold.

8/16/2018 - By
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Question:

Compared to the Black Widow Legend what is the difference??

8/20/2018 - By

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There is no difference between the two bowling balls. The Black Widow Legend will have the Same Hook Potential, Lane Conditions & Coverstock as the Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold.

8/20/2018 - By
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Question:

What year and month this ball came out in

8/22/2018 - By

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This ball was released 08/14/2018.

8/23/2018 - By
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Question:

Are the Black Widow Black/Gold balls currently backordered

8/27/2018 - By

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No, all of the weights are in stock at the moment.

8/27/2018 - By
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Question:

Do all weights have the gas core?

9/4/2018 - By

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Hello! The gas mask cores will only be in 14-16lbs. There will be a generic core for the 12 and 13lb balls.

9/4/2018 - By
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Question:

is this a symetrical or assemetrycal ball

9/6/2018 - By

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They will be asymmetric if they are over 14#.

9/11/2018 - By
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Question:

I just purchased the Hammer Rip'd, Will this ball be about the same? Looking for something a little weaker when heads dry out.

9/28/2018 - By

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This ball will be a little weaker than the Hammer Rip'd.

10/1/2018 - By
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Question:

I'm a pearl coverstock black widow bowler and can't find the red legend is this ball good for me

11/8/2018 - By

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This ball will have a Hybrid coverstock. The hybrids have the best of both worlds of being a pearl and a solid combined. This ball should work for you.

11/8/2018 - By
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Question:

I own a b/g but i need something slightly weeker. Will the web be a weaker or the same?

12/20/2018 - By

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The Web will be the same as the Black/Gold.

12/21/2018 - By
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How does this ball work for a left hander?

12/20/2018 - By

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This ball will be excellent for a left or right handed bowler.

12/21/2018 - By
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how would tis ball perform on wood lanes

1/9/2019 - By

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This ball will perform just fine on wooden lanes.

1/9/2019 - By
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Question:

will a 13 pound ball still hit like a 15 pound ball, I am getting bck into bowling and my 15's just wear me put.

2/2/2019 - By

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It really all depends on how hard and fast you throw the ball.

2/4/2019 - By
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Question:

What's the difference between this and the X-out?

2/7/2019 - By

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X-out means there could be an irregular overall weight, an irregular pin or top weight or a slight surface blemish. In performance wise, they will perform the exact same way.

2/8/2019 - By
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Question:

I’ve got the black widow dark legend and a Gauntlet, how would this compare?

2/19/2019 - By

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The Black Widow Black/Gold is the same as the Black Widow Legend, the Gauntlet will be a bit more aggressive than the Black Widow.

2/20/2019 - By
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Question:

How does this ball compare to the BadAss or Taboo

2/28/2019 - By

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The Black Widow line is part of the upper mid performance line while the Bad Ass and Taboo were high performance balls. Also, this ball has a polished finish to go longer on the lanes while the Bad Ass and Taboo both had a duller finish to read earlier on the lanes.

2/28/2019 - By
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Question:

Does this avalible witha 4 inch pin?

3/1/2019 - By

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You can request for this information under the weight selection tab where it says "Click to request pin/top weight".

3/4/2019 - By
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Question:

Still bowling with my fav of all time, Jet Black Taboo...how will this ball compare to the Jet Black?

3/3/2019 - By

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The Jet Black Taboo will be a bit more aggressive for it is a high performance ball and the Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold is an upper mid performance ball.

3/4/2019 - By
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Is this ball good for oily lane

3/4/2019 - By

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This ball best performs on medium to heavy oil conditions.

3/4/2019 - By
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I throw a straight ball. No hook at all. Would this ball work for me? I love the looks of it.

3/11/2019 - By

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If you throw this ball straight it will go pretty straight. It is designed to be a hooking ball but it only hooks if you release the ball with the correct spin. Also, it is more expensive because of some of the features that help this ball to have hook potential so you are paying extra for the hook features that you would not really use. If you like the looks because of the spider the you may also check this ball out which is much lower in price but is designed to go straighter: https://www.bowling.com/products/hammer-black-widow-spare-blue-orange-smoke.htm

3/13/2019 - By
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Question:

i typically use motiv gear, so would this fit well with my aggressive jackal rising or would it be too far of a step down. Currently my lesser ball is the villain

3/22/2019 - By

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The Hammer Black Widow Black/Gold will be an upper mid performance ball and the Jackal Rising and the Villain are both high performance balls. The Black Widow Black/Gold will be less aggressive.

3/26/2019 - By
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how different is the generic core and gas mask cores?

4/15/2019 - By

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Here is a link to the Hammer website so you can see the RG difference on each weight: https://hammerbowling.com/products/black-widow-black-gold

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