Hammer Dark Web Comparison

Compared to the Hammer Web Tour Edition, Hammer Web Tour Edition Hybrid, Hammer Web Pearl ‘21

With the WWRD of 07/08/22, Hammer Bowling adds a new core to the Web series in the Hammer Dark Web. The coverstock is the same Aggression Solid that is found on the Hammer Black Widow 2.0. The 2.0 has a box finish of 500/1K/2k Siaair Micro Pad, while the Dark Web is finished at 500, 1500 Siaair Micro Pad. The new core is named the Modified Spheroid which has a flip block on the top of the body that will help increase overall ball motion. The pattern is a fresh 42’ pattern that is approximately 8:1 ratio with a moderate taper. I have not been able to get the exact number from the center so this is my best guess. My PAP is 5-1/4”x1/4”^ with low tilt at 1.67* and I’m considered matched rev rate to off the hand ball speed which is about 17.25 mph. All core numbers are at 15lbs pre-drilled.

Hammer Dark Web – 2.514 .048 • (4”x 35*)

Comparison to the Hammer Web Tour Edition, Hammer Web Tour Edition Hybrid, Hammer Web Pearl ‘21

The ball that I based this report off is the Hammer Raw Solid 2.537 .038 (4-3/4”x30*). As I warmed up, I found the Raw reading the lane very well standing 24, targeting with an open angle at 13 and a focal point of the 10 pin. Stronger covers in this center read early and being in the volume helps the ball shape out and the pin carry is very good.

 Hammer Web Tour Edition – 2.470 .030 • (4-1/4”x30*)

Due to the surface and formulation of the Web T.E., it was a bit earlier than the Raw Solid and more controlled because of the diff. Being on fresh, there was enough volume where I didn’t have to move. The motion was smoother and earlier than the Raw if I hit the lighter volume to the right early. Moving in and changing hand rotation had its limits and the T.E. wouldn’t recover, but it is designed for control.

Hammer Web Tour Edition Hybrid – 2.470 .030 • (4-1/4”x30*)

The same core in this ball is the same as the T.E. The Hybrid coverstock played better on the fresh with the same smooth ball motion but the cover allowed an easier, cleaner path to the breakpoint. Also a change in hand position allowed for more options and made the pattern very playable. A good option of fresh, however this ball is out of production.

Hammer Web Pearl ’21 – 2.481 .048 • (4-3/4”x30*)

The Web Pearl is a personal favorite. The coverstock is the same as the one on the Black Widow Ghost. A minor move left and moving my eyes in a bit gave the Web Pearl a great reaction. It’s more angular than both of the T.E.s due to the flip block and the Aggression Pearl cover. I wound up standing 27, targeting 15 at the arrows and the focal point was between the 6/10.

Hammer Dark Web – 2.514 .048 • (4”x 35*)

The Dark Web was clean while producing early revolutions. However, the core dynamics helped the ball get down the lane. Out of the pattern the motion was surprising for a solid. Not too rounded, not to angular. Again, if I hit the friction early to the right, the Dark Web would start its direction change too early. High speed bowlers will find the Dark Web to their liking. As I kept moving and adding axis rotation and tilt to prolong the reaction, I was able to get to 34, targeting 20 at the arrows and keeping the focal point at 6/10. The Dark Web kept coming and striking. I think I could have moved more before a flat 10 would have shown up. This release is very versatile and I can see adjusting the cover to any style a plus. This will slot under the Black Widows, but is not much weaker in reaction: just a shape change and more bowler friendly than large adjustments with the Gas Mask Core. I agree with other testers that the Hammer Dark Web would be a great go to ball in the Hammer line to start with. You may even stay in it longer than you think.

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Juan Fonseca
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