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Spike Black/Gold
« on: June 24, 2015, 01:41:14 PM »
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Description: The Hammer Spike Black/Gold gives bowlers a new perspective for taking on drier lanes.  The high RG and high differential core combined with Hammers carbon fiber outer core makes this ball hard to beat.
Hammer Spike Black/Gold Ball Specs:

- Color: Black/Gold Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Coverstock: GTR IV Hybrid
- Core: Widow Nasty
- Factory Finish: 800/2000 Abralon W/Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
- Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Dry Oil
- RG: 2.56**
- Differential: .054**
- ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal



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Re: Spike Black/Gold
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2015, 01:12:13 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 CONDITIONLane Patterns Used: 41' House Shot, 39’ PBA Chameleon Pattern, USBC National Team Pattern   

BALL LAYOUT:  95 x 3 1/2 x 60


The new Spike Black/Gold features a new Hybrid coverstock to get down the lane with much ease than the previous 2 Spike balls in this series. I wanted to try a different layout than I am used to using when doing reviews and wanted this ball to start up a little sooner and to use when bowling on shorter lane patterns, so it will not be over/under for me. This new Spike with this layout definitely gets down the lane really clean and helps me control the BIG backend motion through the pin decks. I have seen this ball in action from other staffers & I am going to be drilling up another one to do a pin up layout so I can really BIG backend motion from the new Spike Black/Gold. This ball really excels when the lanes break down a little bit and when you need more backend angle down the lane.

Dislikes:  For me, this ball is not strong enough on the medium to heavier patterns & was a little too over/under for the fresh patterns. I would recommend it for the medium to medium lighter patterns.

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 looking for a High RG / High Diff symmetrical ball to open up a lane when the lanes get drier. 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!

Michael Thompson
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Re: Spike Black/Gold
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2015, 02:54:19 AM »

Pin Length: 4
Ball Weight: 15lb
Layout: Pin under bridge - Kicked CG at about 5pm
Rev Rate:400
Ball Speed: 17 mph
PAP/Track: 5 1/4 over and 1/4 up

Finish: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Box
Length: 38ft
Volume: 50 UL
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

On a scale of 1-10 ( 1=Low, 10 = High )
Length: 8
Back End: 7
Overall Hook: 6
Midlane Read: 7
Breakpoint Shape: length and flip

Likes:  This ball for me was a little different than anything I have had in my bag for a while.  I was glad to see it released as I loved the Blue and Black Spike.   I wanted something that would clear the mid lane as they transitioned late  but would still have a good smooth roll without that "flip" you would see with something pin up.  This ball was stronger than I would have thought.  A nice surprise that it still went down lane quite a bit and retained a lot of motion through the pins.

Dislikes: This ball was not designed for heavy or long patterns. So don't try to use it on those.  There are better balls suited for that.  Not so much a dislike as a " I kinda knew that"

Joe Leingang

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Re: Spike Black/Gold
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2015, 11:45:34 AM »

Length:37 ft, 40 ft, 42 ft


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):Broadway, THS, Beaten Path


Likes:I used a different drill than I usually use. I used a 65 x 6 x 65 which put this pin under my middle finger and this ball really shocked me. It rolled amazing after the patterns opened up. It started up sooner but maintained a strong back end motion! Very pleased with the look this ball gives me!

Dislikes:Not for longer patterns.