Customer Reviews | 15 Customer Questions
By Michael Thompson from Sarasota, FL
Strong Ball Motion from Hammer
The new Gauntlet has a really special ball motion that we have not seen in the Hammer brand. This ball is STRONG and with a strong continuous ball motion down the lane as well. I LOVE my Scandal & Scandal Pearls and the Gauntlet fits in between these two balls. The Gauntlet has a hybrid cover with the Carbon Fiber Infused just like the Scandal, which provides a little more length and stronger backend motion than the Scandal. The Gauntlet needs head oil to really enjoy the ball motion this ball provides. The great thing about this strong rolling piece is you can keep moving left and the ball does not stop moving toward the pocket. I am really impressed with this ball motion from the Hammer brand.
I think this ball will be a must have ball for those that are looking for something offers a great motion that does not stop rolling in the backend - it really continues through the pin deck! Very versatile ball... You will be impressed!
With the new 3 year warrantee that Hammer provides for this ball, this is the BEST value for your money!
PAP/Track: 5 5/16" x 5/8" up
Axis Rotation: 40 degrees
Axis Tilt: 13 degrees
Rev Rate: 395
Ball Speed: 17 mph
Lane Patterns Used: 43' House Shot, PBA Chameleon, Kegel Route 66 Lane Pattern
By Hostrauser from West Allis, WI
Runaway Freight Train! Get out of the way!
Me: 200-average league bowler in two houses. Tweener shot, 14.5-15.0 mph, medium revs.
Ball layout: pin up, 65x5x30
"Nothing hits like a Hammer" is a popular bowling phrase for good reason. I was expecting Gauntlet to be an aggressive ball; if anything it's even STRONGER than I expected. Chews through oil like nothing and carries almost all its energy into the pins. I mean, it just BLASTS through the pocket (see review title). I've left more 9-pins in two nights with this ball than all my other balls in the previous two years (this is a good thing, just takes some adjustment; I'm not used to being a "power" bowler). I've shot 942 over my last four games using only the Gauntlet.
As with most Hammers, it's pretty sensitive to the oil pattern and can get a little finicky when the lanes start to dry up. But if there's enough oil and you get locked into your shot, fuhgettaboutit. The ball comes back from anywhere and finishes every time. I can't even imagine trying this ball on dry lanes. It would probably hook into the gutter after 30 feet.
Considering this, I can't recommend this ball for bowlers who average under about 180. If your average is below 180 you probably aren't consistent enough with your approach and release; this ball is so aggressive it will really amplify any "wildness" from the bowler. But if you're a higher-average bowler who throws a more consistent shot, and you're comfortable adjusting your line as the oil breaks down, this is probably the best heavy oil ball on the market right now.
By Sweetpea Bowl from Worcester, Massachsuetts
Arguably one of the stronegst relesaes from Hammer- Gaunlet
Here are my impressions of the new Gauntlet by Hammer- available for purchase starting February 14, 2017 from your favorite proshop. The Gauntlet features a brand new asymmetrical core with a hybrid Semtex Carbon Fiber cover. As with all Hammer equipment, the Gauntlet comes with an industry leading 3 year warranty and comes in a bright orange/black/silver color scheme which will be sure to garner looks!
I drilled mine with a 65 x 6 x 65 layout with a weight hole. I have thrown it on both fresh and broken down THS as well as USBC White. I have thrown it at box surface (2000 Abralon) as well as polished with Factory Finish Polish. My rev rate is approximately 400 and my PAP is 5 9/16 over and 1/8 up. And with an average speed of 17 mph.
In a nutshell, this ball loves oil. I was able to successfully throw the Gauntlet on all of the above patterns with polish. I will note that with notwithstanding the strength of this new release, the ball does continue and I did see definite continuation with this ball even on broken down THS when polished.
That being said, the Gauntlet is best suited for high volume patterns and longer patterns and will excel in that environment. If you are bowling on a medium to lighter volume of oil, the Hammer Phobia might be a better selection. While I do believe that different ball motions can be drilled into this piece, again its preferred environment will definitely be high volume/longer patterns. The Gauntlet will be an excellent selection for speed dominant bowlers and/or bowlers with lower rev rates.
As an added bonus with the Gauntlet, if you purchase one quickly, you can register the ball with Hammer and you will receive a free sublimation dye shirt from Hammer. However, shirt supplies are limited so see your favorite proshop operator about the new Gauntlet by Hammer.
By Stefanie Johnson from TEXAS
Fear the Gauntlet
Hey Y'all... Stefanie Johnson here... This ball was named very appropriately as people will be attacking you to find out what the heck you are throwing because it's SO GOOD.
Ball is great for medium to heavier patterns. Clean through the fronts, yet continuous through the back end and doesn't "puke".
Definitely stores energy to make a strong finish through the pins. Critical ball in my arsenal for many of the sport patterns we encounter on the PWBA Tour. And hey, it even looks cool - BONUS!
By HammerHead216 from Cleveland
Great new Ball from Hammer
Drilled this ball with a dual angle layout of 70 X 3 3/8 X 80. With my high ball speed with high rev rate I am still able to create area on long and heavy oil patterns. Through this ball on Kegels Middle of the road pattern and was instantly able to open up the lane. This ball gives you great control with strong yet controlable backend. Even on lighter volumes of oil the Gauntlet still clears the front part of the lane with out losing energy for the backend. This is a great buy for bowlers looking for a ball with great control that comes with ease and a dominating backend that turns heads.
By Dee Dot from Ridgefield Park, NJ
The Hammer Gauntlet is scheduled to be released in your local pro shops on February 14. This has the very successful Carbon Fiber Infused cover with the new Gauntlet core. This assymetric bowling ball is very smooth and predictable. I have used it for a few weeks on various THS and a few patterns and see that this will be a good seller. Don't miss out on this gem when it hits the pro shops...
By Hammergirl from Wooster, ohio
WOW, those were the first words out of my mouth when I threw this ball shooting the video.. I mean it came back from everywhere and the drive through the pins was insane!! If you are looking for a big ball that won't leave you stranded this is what you need!!
By Hammerlefty from Ohio
I would have 2 or 3 in your bag at all times
Never thought R&D could make a asymmetrical core that could Semtex CFI hybrid but they did and let me tell you this ball is very amazing. I drilled one both pin up and down. Pin down was about 5 boards overall stronger but still with that amazing backend movement. What really impresses me over and over with Guantlet is how it stores energy so well and just punishes the pins. This ball is going to be good for all styles of players. Get your order in and Run the Guanlet!!!
By Pooker87 from Stillwater Mn
New Hammer Fan!!!
I bought this ball after struggling with less powerful bowling balls. The Hammer Gauntlet is everything I hoped it would be and then some! Cannot say enough great things about this ball. Love it!!! My old man really enjoys it too.... enough to get his own!! Definitely turned me into a Hammer fan. Keep the good work Hammer you have a lifetime customer in me!
By Big B from Salem, MO
I would buy this product again and again!
I purchased this ball about a month ago, and have used it during my summer league and it is a phenomenal ball! The backend is dynamite, and reacts with the oil as it says it does. I have increased my average from 197 to 204 in just the month or so I have been using this ball! Hammer has outdone themselves with this ball again. I have 2 other Hammers in my arsenal and they never disappointed me. NOTHIN HITS LIKE A HAMMER!!