Add this ball to Hammer's list of legendary bowling balls. The Hammer Black Widow Dark Legend Solid is the strongest ball in the Black Widow line to date. The Gas Mask core has proven time and again that it never quits. The Semtex solid reactive coverstock on this ball offers more friction than you have seen before which is only enhanced by the 500/2000 Abralon finish. This combination makes the ball strong and ready to conquer any amount of lane 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.
I love the widow line but was worried about such a strong cover (Semtex Solid from the Scandal) so when I drilled it I put the pin in the ring finger. I was pleasantly surprised! This is by far the earliest rolling widow that I've thrown, but still maintains energy, and has great continuation. This will be the first ball out of my bag on any pattern with volume!
Here is my take on the new Dark Legend Solid by Hammer. This new Upper Mid Performance release features a solid version of the Semtex cover finished at 200 Abralon. As with all previous Legends/Widows/Taboos, the new Dark Solid Legend comes with the highly successful gas Mask core manufactured with Carbon Fiber. (3 year warranty). The ball is colored Blue and Black. This is my 12th year on Hammer staff.
Indeed, Hammer has released a number of different Legends and for good reason. By varying the cover, the bowler is given a variety of options for ball motion in an asymmetrical ball. It is clear that given the strength of the cover and factory finish, the Dark Legend Solid will be at its best on heavier volume patterns. In the current lineup of Legends, I would still put the Red Legend Solid as offering the biggest overall hook. The Dark Legend Solid, in my opinion, is slightly under the Red Solid Legend but gets around the corner better than the Red Legend Solid. If the bowler is on a light lighter volume of oil, then the original Dark Legend may well be an option in an asymmetrical release or the new Rebel for a symmetrical release.
As with all Gas Mask core balls, the driller can layout a variety of ball motions and a variety of bowler styles should see success with this ball. The key, I would suggest, is getting the proper cover for the condition that the bowler is on. If the bowler is on a heavier volume pattern and/or is looking for a replacement to a Red Legend Solid, the Dark legend Solid is an excellent choice. Similarly, if the bowler is looking for an earlier/stronger ball motion to complement an original Dark Legend, the Dark Legend Solid is a great option. I have tried this ball on PBA Bear, Kegel Gateway Arch, Kegel Turnpike and a variety of THS. The layout on mine is 65 x 5 ½ x 50 and on all patterns, the ball has been a great match up and appears to be in play on a variety of pattern lengths.
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This ball is very predictable on flatter patterns and it rolls well on short to medium patterns. If you want to use for heavier volume patterns. You need to use lower grit abralon pad. You can't go wrong having this ball in your arsenal bag. Thank you Hammer for making great products!