I've retired my BW Limited mostly because I'm throwing 16lbs now. But I have drilled my BW Gold the same way that I drilled the Limited, and it gives me a really similar reaction overall. I have the pin over my middle finger with a weight hole, and I'm finding that the Gold is just a touch sharper on the back end than the Limited was.
Lane Patterns Used: 42' House Shot, Kegel Route 66, Kegel Dead Man’s Curve, Kegel Taj Mahal
BALL LAYOUT: 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!
Review by Michael Thompson /
(Posted on 8/26/2017)
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! Search Average Joe Reviews on YouTube to see this ball go down the lane.
I drilled the Black Widow Gold with the same layout as my Diesel, 60 x 3 3/8" x 60. No need to worry about if it will react at the break point. You need to worry about whether or not it will over react off the dry. This one is extremely angular. Even for a high ball speed player this ball will still turn left off the dry. Some polish may be necessary or even hit it with a used 2000 abralon pad to knock the polish off to help tame it down on the back end.
Rev - Medium, Ball Speed - Medium
This ball combines the ever-popular gas mask core with the strong Semtex Pearl coverstock. If you are looking for a Black Widow that will get through the fronts and peel off the back part of the lane, this is the ball for you. I've never seen a Black Widow move like this one does off the spot. The gold standard now has a whole new meaning.