Learn how to File Splits Whereas Bowling: The Full Information
Every time you approach the approach, your main goal is to get a hit.
Of course, this can't happen 100 percent of the time, even for professionals. So you need to make sure that you are working to collect your parts.
However, sometimes you come across the most difficult of circumstances that make this extremely difficult: the breakup. This article will cover different partitions in detail and help you understand how to better convert them.
What is a bowling split and what are they?
A split is a specific type of replacement that leaves two or more pegs with at least one peg between them.
As can be seen from this rather broad definition, the pitches can vary considerably. Some with just two pens and not too much width in between (like the 2-7, for example) are far more difficult than others like the dreaded 7-10 division.
The causes of a split naturally depend on which pin configuration you are leaving. The common thread, however, is that you didn't hit the pocket properly for maximum pin transport. This is particularly related to the angle of entry your bowling ball makes into the pocket and how high you carry the head pin and / or the following pin.
If you don't get enough hooks while the ball hits the pocket, or if you hit the pocket flat, a split can be the unfortunate outcome. The same is true if you are throwing a straight ball that hits the head pin directly.
These different circumstances lead to different divisions. So let's look at some specific combinations of pens to find out more.
Difficult, frequent, and infrequent splits and tips on how to record
When you want to "record" or convert your splits, you can use several general techniques, as well as some that are specific to a particular split.
In general, to be able to pick up splits, you need to be a good backup shooter first. This is because the adjustments you need to make for spares (starting position, target arrow, avoiding drift, etc.) are also crucial for hitting your splits. (And even more so, because you need to hit the pin even closer so it knocks down the other pins in the split.
Next, let's take a closer look at some common and rare splits.
The 4-5 (5-6) split
This is a fairly common split as right-handed bowlers tend to leave the 4-5 pegs and left-handers the 5-6. To pick it up, move about 8-10 boards to the right (for the 4-5) and left (for the 5-6), keeping the same finish line. The oil in the lane can of course affect the number of boards to be moved. So experiment and adapt them to your road conditions
The 3-10 split (baby split)
Another common split, the baby split, is when you leave the 3 and 10 pins. This requires a slightly different strategy as you need to contact the 3 on the right edge so that both of them tip over the pin and shoot your ball at the 10 and knock them down as well. The 3-10 requires a skillful touch, which shows that ball speed is also important for picking up splits.
Next, let's look at a few much rarer splits.
The 4-6-7-10 Split (Big Four, Big Ears)
The 4-6-7-10 split is known as the "Big Four" or "Big Ears", and your chance of taking this is only about 1%, although you might think it's easier to convert as there are such more pens to work with. This split will require as much ball speed as you can muster as you will have to aim at one side and shoot the pins back to the other side (or get lucky if they jump out of the pit).
The 4-6-7-9-10 Split (Greek Church)
The division 4-6-7-9-10, which is also known as the "Greek Church", is even more difficult. The success rate is an astonishingly low 0.2%. This is another breakdown where you need pens to hit others and your best bet is to get the 6 to knock down the 9 that hits the 10 across the street to knock down the 7 and 4. But as numbers suggest, don't hold your breath!
We also think another breakdown in this category is worth mentioning, the 5-7-10 breakdown. This is as close to an "impossible" bowling split as even leaving is considered extremely rare, let alone picking up. So little happens that there aren't even statistics on how many times it's converted.
How do I record the 7/10 split?
The final breakdown we'll cover is one of the most well known and named: the 7-10 breakdown. Regardless of what you can assume and guess based on the distance between the pins, this isn't the hardest conversion.
Both the Big Four and the Greek Church that we discussed earlier are harder to learn. But the 7-10 attracts a lot of bowlers, and you will likely encounter them on the lanes a lot too.
As with the other long shots, it requires the right technique, but also good luck. To convert a 7-10 split, start on the opposite side of the lane as your bowling hand. The right ones aim at the 7 while the left ones aim at the 10, being careful to aim for the inside edge of that pin as the pin has to somehow slide to the opposite corner. To do this, try to use all the force you have as you will need this pen to either jump out of the pit or slide all the way over it. Either way, you need good luck converting the 7-10.
Do I need a replacement ball to convert splits?
If you're a serious bowler, it's a good idea to use a special replacement ball that will of course also become your ball for picking up splits.
For many splits, including the 7-10, you should have an easier ball. This helps you be more accurate and reduces ball spin. A plastic or polyester cover material (instead of urethane or reactive resin) also helps in this regard. All in all, you can get away with just one ball, but a dedicated spare ball to throw your split strokes can definitely be beneficial.
We hope this article has helped you learn more about splits and how to convert them better. Good luck in the streets!