History Has Been Made for the 4th Time Ever!
In the semifinal match of the 2021 U.S. Open, Anthony Neuer becomes the fourth player in PBA Tour history to convert the 7-10 split on television! The previous 3 bowlers who have made the 7-10 split include:
- Mark Roth
- John Mazza
- Jess Stayrook
You may be asking yourself, how does someone even make the 7-10 split?! There are two ways to convert this split:
The first is to strike either pin and have it bounce out of the pit area and strike the remaining pin. This not only requires substantial ball speed but the pin must be struck in the right spot. Additionally, a pin flying out from the pit is a fairly rare occurrence. This is made more difficult by variation of the pit design according to the pinsetter system, with the Brunswick A-2 being more prone to bounce-outs than recent machines. Bouncing out on a Brunswick GS-series pinsetter is exceedingly difficult due to a moving curtain at the back of the pit which absorbs the impact, while AMF pinsetters have a higher chance of bouncing out the pin facing away from the ball return of a lane pair.
The second method is to strike either pin on the inside with enough velocity to bounce it off the side wall (kickback plate) and rebound onto and across the deck into the other pin. Sliding the pin directly will not work since the ball will fall off the lane before it gets far enough aside the 7 or 10 pin to slide it directly across. Despite this fact, many television shows and movies over the years have depicted the 7–10 split being converted by directly sliding one pin into another. In each case, the “conversion” was rigged by either moving the sliding pin over on a deck without pin spots (giving the ball extra room to slide the pin sideways and making it look like the pin was spotted correctly) or by having some help (human or mechanical) from the pit to “slide” the pin over. Barring such “Hollywood magic” in real life, a freak bounce out of the pit or a side wall rebound are the only realistic ways to convert a 7–10 split.
Have you ever made the 7-10 split, or know someone that has? Let us know in the comments below!