Customer Reviews | 32 Customer Questions
By DK from Hattiesburg, MS
Just got mine!
I'm getting ready to play in a league for the first time in about 15 years, so I decided to upgrade to a new ball. It came in yesterday, so I took it to my local pro shop to get it drilled, and they let me bowl 5 frames to check it out - 4 strikes in a row followed by a spare. I'm fired up! Haven't even played a full game yet, and I love this ball.
By Kendahl from Utah
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
By Clutch from Ellijay, GA
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.
By Justin B from Morgan Hill,CA
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.
By Joe Somd from Seattle
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
By Sweetpea Bowl from Worcester, Massachsuetts
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!
By dollarbill$ from farmville va
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
By DC Boysaw from Columbus, OH
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.
By Hammerhead216 from Cleveland Ohio
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.
By None from Bay Area, California
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...
By Careylee from Phoenix, AZ
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.
By PinBlaster from Taylor, Michigan
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!
By Sammy K from Hammond, IN
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!!!
By Haley from Dayton, Ohio
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!
By Hammertime from Parkersburg, WV
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.