spike

HMR_Spike_Black_Gold_smFinish: Box
Layout: Pin 5 1/2
PAP: 5 3/4 out 1/8 up
Speed: 27 kmh
Revrate: 420 RPM
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

Spike Black/Gold is longer down the lane than the first Spike, and a bit stronger in the backend. A real skid snap ball, but among the medium strong balls. If the gutter allows it, I use it on the outside and straight up, which allows it to make a sharp turn towards the pocket.

When I go deeper I switch to Black Widow Legend and continue with that.

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HMR_Spike_Black_Gold_smFinish: Box + 4000
Layout: 60 x 4,5 x 40
PAP: 6 over 1/4 up 
Speed: 29 kmh
Revrate: 350 RPM
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

Hammer Spike Black Gold is a symetrical hybridball with higher RG-value and high RG differential. This ball comes into play for me when my Arson Higflare hooks to early. If the midlane hooks I can use the higher RG-value to create more skid in the midlane, save energy and create more angle downlane.

A great product to a great price. This ball is great for me on the easier shorter patterns like 37 feet Brodway or as I mentioned on drier conditions.

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HMR_Spike_Black_Gold_smFinish: 800 / 2000 Abralon Polished / Powerhouse factory finish polish
Layout: 45 x 4 x 45
PAP: 5 over 3/8 up
Speed: 27 kmh
Revrate: 470 RPM
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

Spike. Here we have a hybrid version of Spike.

This is the ball when the lane start to be dry or it is very dry oil pattern.

With 2.56 (RG) and 0.54 (Diff) will this ball go very easy deep down on the lane before it starts to corve.

So if you for example come to a lane what the mid-lane is very dry and you need something what can go deep down and not start to early. It will be this ball then. It’s very often after many games the mid-lane start to be dry and it is so great to know that you have something what can go through it and then hook.

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HMR_Spike_Black_Gold_smFinish: 2000
Layout:
PAP: 5.1/2 3/4 up 
Speed: 28 kmh
Revrate: 520 RPM
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

Much like my Viral solid this is something I would use to get a read off of a pattern, It offers a little less overall hook potential than the viral solid and I would tend to use this ball typically on patterns 41ft or less. There is not much flip in the back part of the lane with this ball which makes it perfect for me on the harder and tighter patterns when I have to keep my angles closed down.

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HMR_Spike_Black_Gold_smFinish: Box
Layout:
PAP: 3 15/16 out – 1 1/4 up
Speed: 17 mph
Revrate: 400 RPM
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

This is a great ball for house patterns and for when the lanes breaks down and has almost no oil left. It saves a lot of energy for the last part of the lane and a more “jumpy” backend reaction.

I liked this Spike better than the other balls from the Spikes series, it looks better and rolls a bit better through the pins.

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HMR_Spike_Black_Gold_smFinish: Box
Layout: See pic
PAP: 4 – 5/8 over 3/4 up
Speed: 17 mph
Revrate: 400 RPM
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

This review is done by Løvvang Pro Shop staffer Rasmys Hydahl:

This Spike needs friction to get going but still wants to arc on the backend. On the fresh I had to lower my speed and make sure I laid it down early. Once the pattern broke down I was able to go a little left and use the friction to get it started. If I used too much launch angle the Spike couldn’t make it back to the pocket. But when I stayed close to the friction the ball was very predictable and gave me control of the break point. I didn’t have the chance to throw it on dry lanes but I suspect this is where it excels

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HMR_Spike_black_blueSurface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: –
Speed: 25 km/h
Revrate: 350
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.038

Ball review:

To be honest I haven’t been very satisfied with the other balls from the Spike series, so I tried a new drilling on this one.

Testing was done on a rather burned up pair and here it worked quite well. It had a tendency to react a bit over/under but the energy into the pocket was fine.

I think the Spike Black/Blue is best for house patterns and on high-friction lanes in general.

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HMR_Spike_black_blueSurface finish: 1000 polished
Layout: 40x5x40
PAP: 5 over 3/8 up
Speed: 27 km/h
Revrate: 530
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.038

Ball review:

Spike pearl is outstanding if you need a ball with very much backed. The ball goes very easy down to the breakpoint and the it corve very much.

So if a lane is very dry or the mid lane very dry so I will choose Spike pearl.

I like this ball very much. The lane will be dry sooner or later and when it happens it is to change to this ball.

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HMR_Spike_black_blueSurface finish: Box
Layout: 45 x 4 3/4″ x 75
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 17 mph
Revrate: 340 RPM
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.038

Ball review:

The new Spike seems like a completely different ball from the Spike red/blue. The new Spike hooks quite a bit more and reads the lane a lot earlier. This eliminates some of the over/under and unpredictable reaction that the Spike Red/Blue had a tendency too if there was a little too much oil on the lane for it.

I have used the new Spike on both really burned up lanes and fresh oil and both hooking it and going straight. By using my hand I can make it clear the front easily, but also make it read the midlane really well, so it is very versatile.

I was very pleasantly surprised with the Spike Blue/Black and if I bowl on high friction this will be a good option for me.

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HMR_Spike_black_blueSurface finish: Box
Layout: See picture
PAP: 5 1/8 over 0 up
Speed: 17 mph
Revrate: 320 RPM
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.038

Ball review:

This Spike needs friction to get going but still wants to arc on the backend. On the fresh I had to lower my speed and make sure I laid it down early. Once the pattern broke down I was able to go a little left and use the friction to get it started. If I used too much launch angle the Spike couldn’t make it back to the pocket. But when I stayed close to the friction the ball was very predictable and gave me control of the break point. I didn’t have the chance to throw it on dry lanes but I suspect this is where it excels

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