Anthony Neuer Makes Bowling History, Converts 7-10 Split on Live US Open TV Finals

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:

  1. Mark Roth
  2. John Mazza
  3. Jess Stayrook
  4. 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!

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9 thoughts on “Anthony Neuer Makes Bowling History, Converts 7-10 Split on Live US Open TV Finals

  1. Steve C says:

    Many years ago on a teen bowling league Ed Vodden picked up the 7-10 split. He had a wicked hook and great form but his scores were modest. On that shot his ball rode the right edge and hit the 10 pin on the right side just as the ball was almost in the gutter! The ten pin slid across the lane took out the seven pin.

    • Joseph SERRAPICA says:

      Yes, I also made the 7-10 split in 1998 at Wantaugh Lanes Ny. Ball hit 10 pin just right, it popped out to take out the 7 pin.people went nuts!!! Lol.

  2. Rene Cantu says:

    Converted 7-10 last March 2020. Hit left side of 10 pin and pin bounced out of back and rolled across back of pin deck to hit 7!! Felt like shooting a 300

  3. Joseph SERRAPICA says:

    Yes, I also made the 7-10 split in 1998 at Wantaugh Lanes Ny. Ball hit 10 pin just right, it popped out to take out the 7 pin.people went nuts!!! Lol.

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