Reviews => Hammer => Topic started by: BallReviews-scodaddy21 on January 26, 2016, 10:16:23 AM

Title: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: BallReviews-scodaddy21 on January 26, 2016, 10:16:23 AM
Description: Hammer continues to make the stuff of legends but this one is on the dark side. The Black Widow Dark Legend takes the proven history of the Black Widow line and continues to tweak it. This ball has the Gas Mask core which is covered by the Semtex Hybrid and finished with a 1000 grit Abralon pad and polish.  This core and cover combination offers unparalleled mid-lane and backend continuation for a spectrum of bowlers with increased traction on medium to heavy oil conditions. 

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.

Hammer Black Widow Dark Legend Ball Specs:

- Color: Black/Purple Pearl  All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Reaction: Strong mid-lane with continuous backend
- Coverstock: Semtex Hybrid
- Core Type: Gas Mask (includes Flex-Resin additive, Ceramix surface process, and Carbon-Fiber outer core)
- Factory Finish: 500/1000 Abralon Polished with Powerhouse Clean N'Sheen
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.50**
- Differential (Diff): .058**
- ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
- Hook Potential: High
- Length: Medium
- Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
- FCC Rating:  Total- 25.75, Finish- 7.5, Core- 8.75, Cover- 9.5
- 3 year manufacturer's warranty
Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: StefanieN on February 02, 2016, 10:51:26 AM

Are you looking for a ball that is extremely smooth, yet still hits like a truck???   


I was a huge fan of the Red Legends so I couldn't wait to give this one a try and it did not disappoint.

Mine is currently drilled with the pin under the bridge and has a small weight hole. I have used it on my league house shot and a couple of the medium WTBA sport patterns and this ball has been very successful.

This ball allows me to play straight up the lane (which I love!) and trust that it's not going to over react in the back - it is super clean going through the heads and mid lane yet stores enough energy to get through the pins.

Definitely a must have if you're looking for that ball that's super predictable and doesn't do anything craZy :)

Stefanie Johnson, Hammer Pro Staff
Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: jkaseehammer on February 08, 2016, 04:47:07 PM

Length:41 ft 40 ft

Type (THS, Spot Pattern etc): Beaten Path and THS


Another home run from the widow series! I drilled my ball using a 65 x 5 x 35 dual angle layout and this ball doesn't disappoint. Not only does this ball look amazing with the black and purple colorway, it rolls just as well. With the hybrid version of the Semtex cover this ball is very clean through the front/mid lane and has a smooth reaction down lane. In comparison, this ball hooks about three more boards than my Black Widow Legend.


Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: Plowboy300 on February 13, 2016, 01:37:10 PM

PAP/Track:  5 1/8” x 1” up
Axis Rotation:  25 degrees
Axis Tilt:  12 degrees
Rev Rate: 425
Ball Speed: 15-17 mph


Lane Patterns Used: 41' House Shot, Kegel Big Ben Pattern (45'), Kegel Taj Mahal Pattern (39')

BALL LAYOUT - 65 x5 x 35


The Dark Legend is something special and reminds me very much of the original Black Widow ball motion. The Dark Legend fits in between the Red Legend Solid & original Red Legend where it is still clean through the front part of the lane and provides a smooth, yet strong motion in the backends. For me, this ball is about 3-4 boards weaker overall than the Red Legend Solid, but offers a bigger backend motion and is about 3-4 boards stronger than the Red Legend Pearl. This ball will work well with all styles of bowlers and offer a strong backend continuous motion for when you need more angle down the lane.

With the new 3 year warrantee that Hammer provides for this ball, this is the BEST bang for your buck!

I think this ball will be a must have ball for those that are looking for something similar to the original Black Widow or a versatile ball for the tournament patterns. This ball has 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!

Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: Joe Somd on March 17, 2016, 12:27:55 PM

Pin Length:3
Ball Weight: 15lb
Layout: Northwest Layout - Pin under middle finger, CG kicked out to 5 pm.
Rev Rate:396
Ball Speed: 16-17 mph
PAP/Track: 5 9/16 over and 1/8 up

Finish: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): 1000 Polish - Box
Length: 40ft
Volume: 50 UL
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

On a scale of 1-10 ( 1=Low, 10 = High )
Length: 7
Back End: 7.5
Overall Hook: 7
Midlane Read: 5
Breakpoint Shape: Roll with predictability

 So I have been a BIG fan of the Legend series.  The Gasmask core is by far a favorite of mine.   I was looking forward to seeing the solid Symtex cover with this core as I loved the Black Widow Limited which has the pearl version.   This ball does not disappoint in any category.   I have thrown on multiple conditions and this ball recovers extremely well when thrown wide and it still holds the line when tugged and the hitting power is just crazy.  In short it is extremely versatile and will match up with a bunch of styles while performing great!

Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: gilsalang0925 on March 29, 2016, 02:51:11 PM

Length: 42

Volume: Medium to Heavy

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Smooth up front and nice strong punch on the back.  Not too snappy, but very predictable.  This ball is a truck!  Thank you Hammer!

Dislikes:  If you want to use it on medium to dry lane conditions.  You need to polish.

Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: manke on April 22, 2016, 11:42:37 AM
How does the dark legend compare to the deadly aim?
Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: gilsalang0925 on July 14, 2016, 11:49:50 AM

Length:  47 FT

Volume:  Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):  WSOB 2016 Scorpion


Likes:  Great versatile ball.  I used Dual Layout 45 x 5 x 35 with 500 grit Abralon pad on the spinner.  The ball rolled smooth up front and plenty of punch on the backend.  Great for medium and long patterns depending on the surface and shine.  I love the Gas Mask Cores in the Legends and with the Carbon Fiber shell and inner core.  You can't go wrong with this ball.

Dislikes:  You need oil!  It's made for medium to heavy oil.  Not made for 35 foot less patterns.  Unless you gloss the shell up and use 2 inch pin or axis drilling layouts. 

Great ball and thank you Hammer for creating weapons of mass production! 
Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: Hammerhead216 on July 30, 2016, 01:24:34 PM


Volume: medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc. ):House shot

Likes: I drilled this with the pin over the ring finger and put the mas bias 2 inches away from my V.A.L.  This ball gave me great recovery being a hybrid. It has been pretty versatile on THP and some sport patterns. On sport patterns that have higher volumes this ball was still able to see the mid-lane and have a consistent motion on the backend. Lower volumes let me get firm and still play different angles off the spot. For high rev/ball speed players pin around ring finger is the way to go. Up or down it will roll great.

Dislikes: NONE

Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: ronaldhjr on August 04, 2016, 02:49:39 PM
Dark Legend (Box surface) – Pin below the bridge CG swung a little to the right (positive axis point) is 4 3/8 right 1/2 up.
Pattern Fresh USBC Blue 42ft

The other Legend bowling series bowling balls were a little early for me.  I have seen plenty bowlers get them down the lane without an issue.  When I rolled with the Dark Legend I saw nice length and that smooth backend reaction I love to read once it starts to exit the pattern.  I was able to bowl with the Dark Legend for all 3 games that night in league and I continued to move left but I didn’t get a chance to get really deep and watch it bend the corner.  However I will say I am still impressed with the stored energy and the length the Dark Legend gets.  If I had to pick a word to describe the Dark Legend Predictable is a good one, I feel like when I pick it up I know what I will see.
Title: Re: Black Widow Dark Legend
Post by: kgmach on November 20, 2016, 07:08:59 PM
The Hammer Dark Legend utilizes the legendary Gas Mask core and wraps it with the Semtex hybrid cover.  The 500/1000 grit polished with the Powerhouse Clean n Sheen gives this ball easy, moderate length with a solid down lane motion.  Bowlers may have to take some of the polish off as it seems to lose some of it's punch as it "lane shines" quickly.