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Hammer Black Widow Bite Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 01/18/2008 10:54 ( stars)
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The Black Widow Bite expands the Black Widow series by offering a stronger hook motion with more aggressive backend.
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5"
Mass Bias Position - 45 degrees
CG Placement - 1" right and about 1 1/4" up from grip center
Balance Hole - none
Surface Preparation - Box Finish
What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
This is our bench mark layout. We use this on most balls for testing purposes and from our past experience we have found it to work well on our Black Widow test balls in the past. We figured based on all we knew of this ball this layout would offer us a pretty clean reaction through the front with an aggressive move through the mid lane and back part of the lane.
What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
We are a little unsure of this ball at this time. We may update this review later based on more testing.
We really did not see the ball motion we expected to see out of this ball right out of the gate. The first few shots we threw were a little odd. The ball seemed to react well but as we threw more shots we saw a huge decrease in reaction. It seemed to start to "float" more and more on the back part of the lane. It was a weird ball reaction because it looked like it was going to read the friction ok and then when it got there it just seemed to stop.
When other balls were thrown against this they looked really good compared to the Bite. From what we heard before drilling the ball we knew that with less oil to ball would burn up early and lose reaction overall. We may re-test this ball with some polish on the shell and see what happens. Knowing what we know about the ball, that is has the same proven core as the original Black Widow and a stronger cover that Hammer has used previously we know this ball should be fine. I guess this ball test proves that sometimes things do not go as planned and slight adjustments have to be made from time to time to get the desired ball reaction.