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Date: 16 Mar 2007 13:38:31
From: litefrozen
Subject: Hammer Black Widow Review
Hammer Black Widow Review

Ball Spec's
Ball Weight-16#
Pin Length-2 3/4"

Drill Pattern
Layout #01-
60 layout Pin placement is 5" from the PAP,located below the ring
finger. Mass Bias placement is 3.25" right of the centerline, below and
to the right of the thumb hole. It's similar to the #2 (All Purpose)
drilling on the Black Widow drilling sheet. No X hole.

Layout #02-
75 layout Pin placement is 3.25" from the PAP,located above and right
of the ring finger. Mass Bias placement is 1.25" right of the
centerline, below and to the right of the thumb hole. It's similar to
the #4 (Smooth Arc) drilling on the Black Widow drilling sheet. No X
hole.

Bowler Style
RH, Medium Rev's, High Track, speed 17-18 mph.
PAP is 5 7/8' x 5/8"up using standard grip layout.

Surface prep.
O.O.B. 4000 Abralon, Also 500 Abralon.

Lane condition
Brunswick Pro Anvil lanes
41' Pattern (Fresh)
Mendez Synthetics
THS Pattern (not fresh but some oil still in middle)

Ball with Layout #01 Review
This was the wrong layout for me on the Black Widow. With my high track
this drilling caused me to track over the finger and thumb hole
regardless to how I released it. This happened to me once before with a
MoRich Labyrinth and a similar drilling on it. All most no reaction with
the ball on wet or dry condition. Very little flare about 1"-2". Like
the Labyrinth this ball needs to be drilled with alot of regard for the
pin safe zones if you have a high track! Follow the drilling sheet.

Ball with Layout #02 Review
Now this layout is a vast improvement all around! The ball no longer
tracks over the finger and thumb holes. The track area has moved to
about 1"+ away from the the holes. The amount of flare has increased
also to around 4". The balls reaction for me has been a strong arc to a
banana shape depending on condition. With strong continuation thru the
pins and good deflection. Lane play was- Feet at 20-24 playing zones 1 &
2 around the breakpoint. The Black widow fits in between my Track EMB
(EMB is a Particle earlier movement , but less hook) and my Nitro/R2 (
which has more length and not as stong looking as the widow).

Opinion
I agree with the rest this is a great ball and if used on higher oil
patterns, it needs more surface than the O.O.B. finish. I think this a
great Tweeners & strokers ball and they would get the best use of it.

Also maintain the ball surface grit and Clean it after each set. I would
recommend a good deep cleaner something like Clean-n-Dull or Hook-it.
This is to help the life of the ball.




 
Date: 19 Mar 2007 09:49:21
From: genob
Subject: Re: Hammer Black Widow Review
I'm on my 2nd widow now :) I love that ball!!

I will be buying a new one for summer league!

g

On Fri, 16 Mar 2007 13:38:31 GMT, litefrozen
<litefrozen@mothership.com > wrote:

>Hammer Black Widow Review
>
>Ball Spec's
>Ball Weight-16#
>Pin Length-2 3/4"
>
>Drill Pattern
>Layout #01-
>60 layout Pin placement is 5" from the PAP,located below the ring
>finger. Mass Bias placement is 3.25" right of the centerline, below and
>to the right of the thumb hole. It's similar to the #2 (All Purpose)
>drilling on the Black Widow drilling sheet. No X hole.
>
>Layout #02-
>75 layout Pin placement is 3.25" from the PAP,located above and right
>of the ring finger. Mass Bias placement is 1.25" right of the
>centerline, below and to the right of the thumb hole. It's similar to
>the #4 (Smooth Arc) drilling on the Black Widow drilling sheet. No X
>hole.
>
>Bowler Style
>RH, Medium Rev's, High Track, speed 17-18 mph.
>PAP is 5 7/8' x 5/8"up using standard grip layout.
>
>Surface prep.
>O.O.B. 4000 Abralon, Also 500 Abralon.
>
>Lane condition
>Brunswick Pro Anvil lanes
>41' Pattern (Fresh)
>Mendez Synthetics
>THS Pattern (not fresh but some oil still in middle)
>
>Ball with Layout #01 Review
>This was the wrong layout for me on the Black Widow. With my high track
>this drilling caused me to track over the finger and thumb hole
>regardless to how I released it. This happened to me once before with a
>MoRich Labyrinth and a similar drilling on it. All most no reaction with
>the ball on wet or dry condition. Very little flare about 1"-2". Like
>the Labyrinth this ball needs to be drilled with alot of regard for the
>pin safe zones if you have a high track! Follow the drilling sheet.
>
>Ball with Layout #02 Review
>Now this layout is a vast improvement all around! The ball no longer
>tracks over the finger and thumb holes. The track area has moved to
>about 1"+ away from the the holes. The amount of flare has increased
>also to around 4". The balls reaction for me has been a strong arc to a
>banana shape depending on condition. With strong continuation thru the
>pins and good deflection. Lane play was- Feet at 20-24 playing zones 1 &
>2 around the breakpoint. The Black widow fits in between my Track EMB
>(EMB is a Particle earlier movement , but less hook) and my Nitro/R2 (
>which has more length and not as stong looking as the widow).
>
>Opinion
>I agree with the rest this is a great ball and if used on higher oil
>patterns, it needs more surface than the O.O.B. finish. I think this a
>great Tweeners & strokers ball and they would get the best use of it.
>
>Also maintain the ball surface grit and Clean it after each set. I would
>recommend a good deep cleaner something like Clean-n-Dull or Hook-it.
>This is to help the life of the ball.


 
Date: 16 Mar 2007 10:41:59
From: John Sowell
Subject: Re: Hammer Black Widow Review
Another great ball review. Thanks for your time and efforts. Very
useful.
I am thinking of an EBONITE NV or STORM SHIFT any reviews that you have
on either ball?

http://community.webtv.net/GALO/NORTHSANDIEGOCOUNTY



  
Date: 16 Mar 2007 21:43:20
From: litefrozen
Subject: Re: Hammer Black Widow Review
In article <776-45FAD6E7-348@storefull-3256.bay.webtv.net >, John Sowell <GALO@webtv.net> wrote:

> Another great ball review. Thanks for your time and efforts. Very
> useful.
> I am thinking of an EBONITE NV or STORM SHIFT any reviews that you have
> on either ball?
>
> http://community.webtv.net/GALO/NORTHSANDIEGOCOUNTY
>


Since I haven't used the Total NV or the Shift myself, it would be hard for me to say.
But based on how I bowl I would lean toward the Total NV. Based on the BTM reviews.

I have lower rev's and like a lower RG value for the midlane revs.
The TNV rg is 2.9 vs the Shifts rg of 4.4. plus it looks like more of a baseline ball.

The ratings on both balls very similar.
The shift a particle pearl and it would be just a little better in the oil than the TNV which is a Reactive pearl.

I'd say if you like one company over the other go with thier ball.
Take a look at the reviews here for-

the TOTAL NV
http://www.ballreviews.com/Reviews/Reviews.asp?ManufacterID=5&BallID=789

the SHIFT
http://www.ballreviews.com/Reviews/Reviews.asp?ManufacterID=11&BallID=79


   
Date: 17 Mar 2007 10:36:44
From: John Sowell
Subject: Re: Hammer Black Widow Review

Thanks for the links on the NV and SHIFT.

http://community.webtv.net/GALO/NORTHSANDIEGOCOUNTY