The Hammer Gauntlet bowling ball takes the hybrid version of the proven Semtex CFI coverstock and pairs it with the all new Gauntlet asymmetric core. This ball was designed for heavy oil conditions and was made to be aggressive at the mid-lane as well as the backend. When compared to the Hammer Scandal bowling ball the Gauntlet will change down the lane faster and more aggressively. 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.
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.
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...
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.
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!!!
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!!
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!
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