Customer Reviews | 19 Customer Questions
By Michael Thompson from Sarasota, FL
BIG Backend Widow GOLD - House Pattern Killer
PAP/Track: 5 5/16" x 5/8" up
Axis Rotation: 40 degrees
Axis Tilt: 13 degrees
Rev Rate: 385
Ball Speed: 17 mph
BALL LAYOUT USED: 50 x 5 3/8 x 35
I love the Semtex Pearl coverstock on my Phobia, so when I heard that the same cover is on the famous Gas Mask core of the Black Widow, very excited to hear this. The coverstock helps get the ball really clean through the fronts and offer a BIG backend motion that Hammerhead fans like to see. I see this cover a little stronger than advertised for a pearl ball and handles the heavier medium patterns with ease. This ball is definitely a great ball for the typical house patterns as you can keep moving left (right handed) and the ball will not quit on you. Black Widow GOLD really shines when you need to get inside the pattern and need a ball to turn the corner in the backends for various medium to medium-heavier lane patterns. It will allow various styles of bowlers be able to start straighter and chase the oil if needed. For me, BW GOLD is about 4 boards stronger overall & more angullar than the Phobia, which is another great ball from Hammer.
I really like what I see in this new release from Hammer and I think this ball will be a must have ball for those that are looking for something that offers a great motion to have an angular asymmetrical rolling ball in your bag. - it really continues through the pin deck! Very versatile ball... You will be impressed!
With the standard 3 year warrantee that Hammer provides for their balls, this is another added value for your money!
By gobeavers92 from Clackamas OR
Another Fantastic Widow!
Another Black Widow ball so you know its going to be good. The Black Widow Gold continues with the exceptional performance that we have come to expect from Hammer. I drilled my Black Widow Gold 60X4.5X60 (pin under ring finger) and left the box finish. This ball is a MONSTER!!!!! glides through the front part of the lane and then the core takes over. If you need to open up the lane this is the ball for you. Big change of direction and angle with huge hitting power. A fun new toy everybody should have in their bag.
By Stefanie Johnson from TEXAS
This ball is Golden - literally
Hey Y'all..... Stefanie Johnson here..... I have to say this has trumped all of my other Widows and is now my favorite. I primarily have found to be using this ball when the transition seems to be taking place and I can open up my angles. This b all is suuuuuuper clean through the fronts and restores enough energy for me to make the corner. I typically play the lanes straighter but this allows me to be comfortable opening up the angles!
By Hammer Kirk from Boyne City Mi
Extremely versatile piece!
So I drilled this product with a 60x4.5x35 layout. With the oob finish it really worked well in fresh oil where there was good backend friction. As I started to burn up the front and got a little carry down it started to read a little early so I made a surface adjustment to a 4k with polish and wow. This thing is a beast. This is a must have ball if you're a widow fan, and Hell just in general. Keep Em coming EBI!
By HAMMERHEAD216 from Cleveland, Ohio
This ball is very smooth and strong
With my ball speed and rev rate being high we hit the surface with 2000 out the box. This was a great idea to say the least. Even with the numbers being just about exactly the same as the Widow Limited this ball is slightly less in motion. BUT!!! Packs a major punch through the pins. I am able to keep my angles in front of me which allows me to open the lane up quick. This ball is very driller friendly. It also can take surface change very well.
By Deeee Dot from Ridgefield Park, NJ
Hammer Black Widow Gold
I have thrown the Black Widow Gold, Hammer's newest UMP bowling ball. Being a Black Widow fan, this one was a must. I have thrown it on a few THS, and a pattern. My rating is synonymous with the color, golden! I loved traditionally how smooth Widows in general was, but to see the extra backend motion that was put into this one, it will be very appealing to the masses. Please don't get stung and miss out on this Black Widow, it is golden and with more pop than ever. Available 8/8/17...
By Coach Paul from Columbus, Ohio
The most backend reaction of any of the Black Widow line
The BW Gold is smooth through the heads and mids but has a strong back end reaction. Very comparable to the BW limited but for me the Gold has a stronger motion on the back ends.
By Kimberly Evans-Mann from Wooster, ohio
This is a motion I like to see on the lane. It is not skid/flip for me but, more of a hockey puck or boomerang motion and does it hit hard through the pins and keeps them low. I had this similar to my blue Vibe as far as motion and I feel is gonna be on every rack for league bowlers! Great ball motion and pure sexy!
By Kim Mann from Wooster, ohio
Love this baby!
This is one of my absolute favorites right now! I love the length this ball gives me and a great backend motion. NOT skid/flip for me, more like a hockey puck motion. Great for straighter, lower rev players like me!!! Available Tuesday August 8th, just in time for league!
By jkaseehammer from Knoxville, TN
Hammer Black Widow Gold
For this ball I used a 65 x 5 x 40 layout which put the pin above the bridge. For me this ball gives me easy length and a strong, controlled back end motion. I really liked this ball on our house shot, it gave me a consistent angular motion. If you are a fan of the black widow series, this is a must own!
By Mike C from Michigan
They STRUCK GOLD!!!
Haven't thrown a Widow since Red Legend Pearl..and I will say this: thisball is the cleanest and most angular Widow I've ever thrown or seen!! Definitely looks amazing going down the lane with a reaction to match!! Great product and great appearance
By Sweetpea Bowl from Worcester, Massachusetts
Another Widow Winner!!!
Here is my take on the new Hammer Black Widow Gold. The new Gold Widow features the ever popular Gas Mask core manufactured in the carbon fiber process. Thus, like all Hammers, this ball carries with it a 3 year Warranty. Semtex Pearl is the coverstock material used for the Gold Widow- the same cover featured the Hammer Phobia and the record setting Scandal Pearl. Box finish is 1000 Abralon with Factory Finish Polish.
For comparison of the Gold Widow, I used a similarly drilled Black Taboo. They both have one of my favorite layouts for a Gas Mask core ball. The layout is 45 x 6 x 35 with weight hole on the PAP.
My "vitals" are a 405 rev rate, a PAP of 5 9/16th over and 1/8 up. I have thrown this ball at box surface and dusted with a 2000 Abralon pad. I have tried this ball on THS, modified THS and PBA Badger.
Compared to the Black Taboo, the Gold Widow is definitely more angular. At box surface for the THS and Modified THS, I found a bit of over/under and sensitivity to transition. However, once I dusted the ball with a worn 2000 pad (to get a little shine off) the Gold Widow responded infinitely better. I found a little earlier pick-up in the midlane but definitely a more consistent, defined ball motion with less sensitivity to any midlane transition. On Badger, I was able to make it work with a "more aggressive" 2000 surface (used a newer pad) and keeping my angles very closed. Personally, the Gas Mask core balls have always matched up very well for my game and I have been always able to achieve many different shapes/ball motions with Gas Mask Cores. (Same with Vibe cores) I believe the Black Widow Gold will offer similar variety depending on layout.
I would say the Gold Widow is best suited for medium volume patterns with a variety of distances being in play. Like with most Gas Mask core balls, many different styles of play will find success with this ball and can be sued on a variety of pattern distances. See your local proshop for more on the Gold Widow!
By Sammy K. from Hammond, Indiana
Strong Backend Motion!!!
This ball is a must have in your bag for when you need to open up the lane!!! It provides great length through the front part of the lane and amazing backend motion with continuation through the pins. I drilled mine with a 5" Pin to PAP above the fingers and the Mass bias 3 7/8" from my PAP. (Right Handed - 415ish rev rate) It allows me to move to the middle part of the lane and open up my angles when the stronger cover balls start to burn up. Great release from Hammer!!!
By PinBlaster from Taylor, Michigan
House Shot Killer
When I'm bowling on a house shot this is the first ball out of the bag. Very clean through the fronts and midlane. It stores energy to the backend and through the pins where it is needed. If your having trouble with that over/under on most house conditions this ball will be your solution!
By Joe Somd from Seattle, WA
Black Widow Gold - The Compliment
Likes: This ball is the perfect compliment to the entire Dark Legend line. It get downlane where the previous 2 ball in the current lineup want to pick up and the gold still has awesome corner ability and still sends messengers like crazy.