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, 2018-08-31 13:45:00

There are over 2,000 possible combinations of leavable spares in the game of bowling, but arguably the most difficult to convert is the 7-10 split.

This spare is the result of a high-entry angle hit to the headpin that literally punches a symmetrical hole in the rack of pins, sending four pins to the right and four to the left, leaving just the back two corner pins standing. 

Just leaving this spare (split) used to be rare because lanes are installed with a rearward pitch and a left/right bias to make those pins fall over easier, but when the new lanes were installed at Harvest Park Bowl last year, most of that bias was reduced, so much so that hundreds of the rare splits have been left in the past year and have been dubbed as Harvest Park Specials.

Converting it for a spare is impossible by sliding it across to the other pin as both the 7 and the 10 pin sit in positions that deprive the ball of its ability to be on the lane to hit it on the outside edge to send it over.

The only means to convert the split for a spare is to throw the ball fairly hard and fast to get the 7 or 10 pin to drive back into the pit and make contact on the rebound with either the ball just leaving the playing surface or a pin awaiting delivery to the pin wheel and pin setter.

Depending on what source you use, the percentage of conversion for the professional is less than 1 percent. I myself have never converted it and only directly witnessed it twice – once while bowling as a professional when paired with Hall of Famer Wayne Webb at Harvest Park a few years ago and once just this past Sunday night there when on the adjoining pair of lanes, Jeff Wax converted it.

Like so many people who leave it, they consider it an open frame because of the odds in making it and Jeff was no exception. 

He got up a little quicker than usual and just chucked the ball to get his single pin and complete the frame. He’d thrown it and was satisfied he was going to cover the single pin; had turned partially to walk away from the foul line and then saw the corner pin pop back onto the deck and roll over to the opposite side for the conversion

Nicely done, Jeff – was it luck? Sure it was, but luck is a huge part of our game, and yours came at the right time and the right place.

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