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Black Widow Pearl
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Color: Red/Black All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
Core: Gas Mask Core with flip block
Coverstock: Violent Reactive Pearl
Factory Finish: 4000 Grit Abralon Polished
Flare Potential: High
RG Differential: 0.049 (Medium-High Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
RG Average: 2.49 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
Reaction: Excellent length with agressive backend reaction.
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil



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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007, 11:26:40 PM »
I had been waiting for the release of this ball since I first threw the original. I am a big fan of the Black Widow Solid so I knew this would be a good ball choice for me.

We got this in Tuesday and I proceeded to drill two of these so I could get a good read on the ball. The first one I drilled had a pin of 3" to 4" and a top weight of 3.25 oz. I drilled it with the pin above the bridge and the mass bias about 1 1/2" from my thumb hole. I took it out to the lanes along with a solid that I had just drilled the same way to see what kind of difference I would get. The Pearl was was about 4 to 5 feet longer than the solid but made a much sharper turn at the break point. The Pearl also outhooked the Solid by a tota l of about 4 or 5 boards. When this ball really shinned was when the lanes started to carry down a little. When the Solid started to squirt a little in the carry down, the Pearl still made a great move to the pocket. The carry was identical to the Solid which for me was excellent.

With the second Widow Pearl I chose one with a 2" to 3" pin and 2 1"2 oz top weight. I drilled the pin below the ring finger with the cg kicked out about 3/4" in and the mass bias 2 1/2" to the right and below my thumb hole. I started on a different pair to compare the reactions of the two Pearls. The second Widow Pearl started up about earlier than the first and also had a smoother breakpoint. The second ones reaction reminded me alot of the solid but with about 4 to 5 boards more total hook. Both carried great and were very predictable.

Overall I was fairly impressed with the Black Widow Pearl. It will make a nice addition to your arsenal. If you liked the original Black Widow you will like this one. If you didn't like the original chances are you won't like the Pearl. If you don't have either one I suggest going with the Pearl. You can always change the surfcae to get the reaction you are looking for.

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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007, 12:32:39 AM »
I have to admit i am dissapointed in the BWP. I was expecting much more of a backend punch. I layed it out with the pin 1/2" right & 1/2" up from ring finger. Cg 1" righ of the centerline. Mb just to the right of the thumb hole. Pin length is right @ 2.5". Our center is using a fairly dry pattern this summer so i expected a huge backend. I have above avg. speed (16.5-17.3) avg-above avg revs. spanding on center dot pushing out to 13 @ arrows out to 7, and it just didnt have the cajones to get back to the pocket. I finally had to play 4 boards right of center out to 9 @ arrows out to 4 @ break point just to get it back to the pocket.  For me this ball will have to be used as an extremely short pattern.
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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2007, 03:57:56 AM »

I just bought the Black Widow Pearl, great compliment to the original. Ball is extremely smooth, & very strong back end. Anyone purchasing this ball will enjoy it greatly. This is buy far the best pearl out. I recommend you go to your local pro shop & get this ball!! Bowled on Wednesday, scores were: 220, 229, & 234 & this was with a weak drilling. In closing, congratulations to all the staff @ Ebonite International for making such a great ball!!



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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 05:58:18 PM »
OMG!!! This ball is exactly what I wanted. It goes long and turns very hard to crush the pins. This ball keeps the pins very low. The pin action is unbelievable, I mean more than my No Mercy and that is almost cheating, lol. But It doesn't over-react one bit. On a fresh house shot, oil about 41 feet, I can easily play 10 to 7, or 20 to 3, and this ball will come screaming back. Also (which is a big plus) the ball looks amazing. The red and black is to die for. I love this ball so much and I think it will take my average from 215 to atleast 225+!!! Thanks again Hammer for making the best =)


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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2007, 01:42:16 AM »
Very impressed with this ball.
details: 3.5 pin distance
Layed out for skip flip
15 lbs
PAP  5.25
RPM  200/225
speed  13.5/14.5
Very consistent getting thru the heads, great read thru the mid lane, hard snap into the pocket.First game right out of the box 225 ,plus I won the strike pot (54.00)on my Thursday night league.  It normally takes me about10-15 games to get confident with a new ball but it seems like i,ve been throwing this ball for the last six months. Tonight,I thought I'd compare it to my favorite league balls.Friday night league(Med.oil) First game, Action Attack 204, second game,BWP 224 third game Radical Inferno 208. The only detractor was this ball does not like dry at all, burns up quickly when the lanes are fried. I'm looking forward to a NABI tournament this weekend. If you are like me with low speed and rpm's this ball will give you a very consistent reation, you'll really like this pearl.


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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2007, 06:44:07 PM »
I purchased this ball last week and wasn't sure on what it would do.  At first, the ball skidded too much, so I used a green scotch bright pad to dull the surface.  What a move!  I'm a down and in player and really I do not like to cover a lot of boards.  For me, this ball holds the line length wise and turns to the pocket, without over-reaction.  It doesn't over flip (ie... burnout) and the only issue may be carry down, if you don't put a lot of hand in it.  

Last Sunday, I shot 1240 in five games, not bad.  This was practice, but the lanes were freshly oiled, to a league shot.  Last night, shot 299 first game, in my scratch league.

The ball, clears the heads nicely, with a strong backend.  It's not a flip, but a strong arc/flip.  The ball doesn't die and the pins get knocked low and hard.  Usually, there are no pins on the deck, they get explode when the ball hits.

Great job Hammer, let's see how the longevity will be with this ball.  


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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2007, 02:43:54 PM »
very interesting ball
details- pin is 1/2" up and 3/4"right of the right finger and cg is bout 3-4" below and a little to the right. mass bias is bout 5" from pin down and right
im a tweener bout 330 revs and throw it about 16-17 mph
i played from about the 15 board out to the 8 and the ball crushed the pocket but if i hit the oil on the outside it wouldnt fully come back leaving a split but thats what i was looking for, a ball that if thrown incorrectly will not over exert itself and burn out. i shot 230, 235, and 225 with that ball today its reaction is long and hard producing amazing hit, but it needs a consistnet throw with the way it is drilled. i have never thrown a hammer ball before but this is by far one of the best.

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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2007, 12:33:21 AM »
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5x3 with xh - this provided clean move through the heads with two distinct reactions, skid flip or skid hard ark. The BWP was excellent on house and good on the cheetah. Depending on surface and bowler transition was easy to read.

5x6 - this provided better control on the short patterns with speed. when speed was lowered the surface had to be hit with abralon in order to blend reaction down lane.

Overall the BWP is awesome. The flip is not for the meek at times but will help when the widow is too early. I loved this ball with a stronger release and covering boards. The control and clean roll were phenom.

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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2007, 04:47:34 PM »
Lane Conditions: Medium Oil
Typical Conditions: House Shot
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
What part of the lane did you play? Second Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 16
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
Likes: This ball hits harder than the original Black Widow. It's like you have a 100% chance of getting a strike with this ball almost every time you hit the pocket.
Dislikes: Sometimes the ball can be a little over aggressive, and sometimes the ball hangs and doesn't come back, but that could be from not throwing right every now and then.

I had this ball drilled with the smooth arc layout. Pin under ring finger with cg kicked out a bit and the HMB is bwlow the thumb. I will normally use this ball on house shots when oil is light, medium and sometimes heavy. If the lanes are light, it is best to play the lanes using the third arrow. If the lanes are about medium, it is best to play about straight up 2nd arrow. If the lanes are heavy, I would suggest using the regualr Black Widow, but if you don't have one, use the Black Widow Pearl and play it straight up somewhere between 1st and 2nd arrow. I have average, maybe above average revs. I throw the ball on average between 16-17 mph, but I can speed it up a little if I need to. If you have the original Black Widow, go out and get the Black Widow Pearl.

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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2007, 11:20:19 PM »
This ball hits harder than the original Black Widow. This ball is strong on the backend. You can see the ball revs as it goes down lane. I drilled this ball up with the pin above the fingers with the CG kicked out 1 1/2 inches, and the mass bias at 45 degrees. I shot some good scores with this ball. 275,238,210,245,258. It did not leave hardly any 10 pins. this is one ball that I will have in my bag.


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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2007, 02:10:35 AM »
The more I use this ball the more I seem to like it. I've gotten over 50+ games on it for sure and it hasn't showed any signs of slowing down yet. It seems to recover almost every time that I throw it too far out and smashes the pocket. It hits like a truck, no doubt. The lanes that we play on when freshly oiled are probaby medium oiled at best and it works great on those conditions. I still use the out of the box finish and it works great for me. It seems to me that it could run into problems in heavy oil, but probably not anything that sanding it couldn't fix. This ball is definately not for light oil though, not at all. Overall I am loving this ball, and was worth every bit of the $160 that I have into it. Great job Hammer.


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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2007, 11:21:51 AM »
I drilled this guy to go long and flip.  It was a little hard to control so I hit the surface with 2000 Abralon and that seemed to smooth out the reaction.  It's a nice ball with lots of backend.  Update.  This ball is great.  It recovers from anywhere and is very mid laneish with the cover scuffed a little.


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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2007, 02:12:21 PM »
Just got this ball drilled up a little bit ago. I bowled on Pro Avalin Synthetic Lanes at Southwest Bowl in Urbana and I talked it over and we thought about it and we drilled it to go long but also have that arching action on the backend. When I threw his it was drilled similar to what we got on mine and I was in awww. So we went in there drilled it up and we moved the pin a little more out then was on his and that sucker was beautiful. So we have to try it on wood lanes which i will bowl on later tonight and I will write a review on that.


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Re: Black Widow Pearl
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2007, 08:32:27 AM »


my bwp pearl is drilled w/ the pin over my bridge with the cg right under my bridge and the mb in the thumb (pap is 4.25>x.625^ and about 450 rpm and meduim side rotation). The bwp is a great ball from hammer. Its aggresive  off dry boards and gets great length. Great for medium oil and maybe some short patterns.
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