If you thought it was the 7 -10, you aren’t far off. The hardest shot in bowling has a spare rate of 0.3% and it’s the 4-6-7-9-10 configuration. And, in case you are wondering, the 7 -10 split has a 0.7% spare rate; third hardest shot in bowling.
Why are we talking about splits and bowling?
Because if Forrest Gump would have got it right he would have said “My mom always said life was like bowling. You never know which splits you’re gonna get.”
Life is filled with Greek Churches, Bed Posts, and Big Fours (all split names). Life is also filled with second chances to knock the remaining pins down.
But how can we make second chances more successful?
Give it your best shot on your first chance!
Back to our bowling analogy, there are 3-pin configurations that can improve your chances for spare success to the rate of 89.2%. That’s right, you can hit only three pins and on your second chance you can pick up the spare 89.2%* of the time.
In life if we spend a little more time knowing the configurations that are in front of us, maybe, just maybe we can give it our best first try instead of putting so much pressure on our second try.
* Source: Ten Easiest Shots in Bowling Involving at Least Three Pins
* The 1-3-9* configuration has the highest spare rate of 89.2%. And the tenth easiest shot (1-3-6) has an 82.4% spare rate.