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Hammer Gauntlet

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.

  • Color: Orange/Black/Silver All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Core: Gauntlet with Flex-Resin Additive, Ceramix Surfacing Process, and Carbon-Fiber Outer Core
  • Coverstock: Semtex Hybrid CFI
  • Reaction: Aggressive Mid-lane and Backend
  • Finish: 500/2000 Abralon
  • RG: 2.50 (15# ball)
  • Differential: 0.050 (15# ball)
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
  • FCC Rating: Total- 27.25, Finish- 9, Core- 8.5, Cover- 9.75
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 3 Year Limited
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • SKU: HAMHMGAUNTL
  • Product ID: 10404
  • Brand: Hammer
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: High-Performance Balls
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2/16/2017
By from Sarasota, FL
5/5 Stars
Pros:
Heavier Lane Patterns, Strong Ball Motion
Cons:
Needs head Oil
Best Uses:
Heavier Medium to Heavy Lane Patterns
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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!

BOWLER INFO:
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

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3/23/2017
By from West Allis, WI
5/5 Stars
Pros:
Amazing continuation, Heavy Oil
Cons:
Light Oil
Best Uses:
High-average league bowler or better
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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.

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1/20/2017
By from Cleveland
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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.

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2/14/2017
By from TEXAS
5/5 Stars
Pros:
Clean through fronts, Continuous
Best Uses:
Medium / Heavy Oil
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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!

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2/14/2017
By from Worcester, Massachsuetts
5/5 Stars
Pros:
shelf appeal
Best Uses:
high volume patterns, longer patterns
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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.

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1/19/2017
By from Ridgefield Park, NJ
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Gauntlet

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...

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1/29/2017
By from Wooster, ohio
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

WOW

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!!

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1/29/2017
By from Ohio
5/5 Stars
Pros:
Alot of hook in the box but clean thru fronts
Cons:
Short patterns
Best Uses:
Med to heavy longer patterns
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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!!!

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3/28/2017
By from Detroit, Michigan
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great ball..... it improved my score 30+

This ball explodes thru the pins!

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3/29/2017
By from Lewisvill, TX
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent bowling ball. I'm glad I bought it. My game has im

Bowling ball reacts wonderfully. I'm glad I bought it.

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8/18/2017
By from Salem, MO
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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!!

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Customer Questions & Answers  |  Reviews

Question: How would you compare this to a scandal? Which would be better on a heavy oil tournament shot?

1/27/2017 - By

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Answer: Hello Alex! The Gauntlet is best for Heavy Oil only and the Scandal will be for Medium-Heavy Oil. The Scandal is a solid cover stock and the Gauntlet is a hybrid cover stock. The Gauntlet will be best for Heavy oil lane conditions.

1/30/2017 - By

Question: Which is better polished or 3000 grit?

2/8/2017 - By

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Answer: Hi Corky! It may depend on what you want the ball to do. Out of the box this ball is 2000 grit so going up to 3000 grit would give the ball a little more length but still help it to maintain most of the over hook. If you go to a polished finish it will give the ball even more length and this could make the ball work more on medium-heavy oil because it is breaking so much later.

2/8/2017 - By

Question: How would compare to a black widow hammer ball

2/12/2017 - By

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Answer: Hi Josh! The Hammer Gauntlet will be a more advanced and aggressive ball than the Hammer Black Widows.

2/13/2017 - By

Question: How would you compare this ball to the Motiv Trident and Storm Timeless?

2/16/2017 - By

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Answer: Hello Mark! The Hammer Gauntlet will have the same performance, cover stock, and lane conditions as the Motiv Trident. Compared to the Storm Timeless, the Hammer Gauntlet will be a more aggressive ball. It has the same coverstock but the finish on the Gauntlet will break later than the Timeless.

2/16/2017 - By

Question: Comparrison of hammers gauntlet to columbia swerve

2/22/2017 - By

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Answer: Hello! The hammer Gauntlet is going to have more of a strong back end reaction and the swerve is going to have a more continuous strong hook.

2/22/2017 - By

Question: Is there sales tax?

2/27/2017 - By

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Answer: Hi Joe. There is only a sales tax, if you are shipping to Texas.

2/27/2017 - By

Question: i already ordered the guantlet should i get it drilled pin up or pin down??

2/27/2017 - By

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Answer: Hello Tony. It all depends on how you wish the ball to react. The longer the pin, the more aggressive the hook will be. The shorter the pin, the more control over the ball you will have.

2/28/2017 - By

Question: How to register the gauntlet

3/8/2017 - By

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Answer: https://offers.hammerbowling.com/gauntlet/

3/9/2017 - By

Question: How does a guantlet compare to the Hammer bad ass?

3/20/2017 - By

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Answer: The Hammer Bad Ass will have a skid flip reaction while the Gauntlet will have an aggressive midlane and backend reaction. The Bad Ass is a solid coverstock while the Gauntlet is a Hybrid coverstock. The Gauntlet is best performed on Heavy oil lane conditions while the Bad Ass best performs with medium oil lane conditions.

3/20/2017 - By

Question: How does the Gauntlet compare to the Hammer Arson Pearl?

3/31/2017 - By

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Answer: Hello. The Gauntlet will be way more aggressive than the Hammer Arson Pearl, the cover stock is a hybrid whereas the Arson has a pearl cover stock. The Arson pearl best performs on medium oil lane conditions only whereas the Gauntlet best performs on heavy oil lane conditions only. The Gauntlet will have an aggressive mid-lane and backend.

4/3/2017 - By

Question: how does this compare to the Track Macko ?

4/12/2017 - By

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Answer: Hi Ron. The Hammer Gauntlet will have an aggressive mid-lane and backend reaction and the Mako will have a strong overall hook.

4/13/2017 - By

Question: I have an Hammer ANGER, and love the reaction of it. I have had it several years and it has never failed me. This is the last ball I bought and swear Id never use any other ball other than a HAMMER. How much more aggressive is the Gauntlet than the ANGER?

5/3/2017 - By

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Answer: The Anger will have a strong and controllable hook whereas the Gauntlet will have an aggressive mid-lane and backend.

5/5/2017 - By

Question: How do you determine if you should go pun up or pin down

6/10/2017 - By

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Answer: Good question! That would be a better question to ask your local driller.

6/12/2017 - By

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