Worst Break in Bowling? A Twisted Sick Messenger

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During the 2013 Proprietor's Cup Semi-Final Match, Jim Cook from Indianapolis, Indiana left a solid 10-Pin in the 9th frame. The raw power from his bowling ball sent a messenger pin spinning at the 10-Pin and it FAILED to knock it down.

This may be the worst break in bowling history.

This tournament was webcasted live on InsideBowling.com on July 14th, 2013,

Commentators were Pete Barta and Mike Flanagan.

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24 Comments on “Worst Break in Bowling? A Twisted Sick Messenger”

  1. I’ve had a worse break I left a pocket 7-10 when the pins actually touched both the 7 and the 10

  2. Lets see. A flat ten that almost gets lucky is the worst break in bowling history. I vote no.

    1. Well he did have enough energy to send a twisting messenger across and nearly get the 10. Besides messenger strikes usually occur on weak-10 hits anyway.

  3. People like you, with attitudes like you, keep bowling back 100 years.

    I can’t even play on sport shots in a major US city because everyone whines that sport shots drop their average too much, so no house puts them down. That means I can’t ever get better only being offered boring house shots.

    You shouldn’t need to worry about magical messenger carry, you should make good shots and get precise like the top pros and the pins and other equipment won’t matter.

  4. Pocket 7-10 Wobbling in the 12th for a 298….. happened to me twice in the 12th!!  Not sure why it happens….. everyone always say too much ball…. Oh well… I’d hate to lose a match on it though!

    1. The ball enters the pocket light (Behind the headpin) then continues the hook through the pin deck (exiting around the 8 – 7 area for a righty or 9 – 10 for a lefty).

    2. you said it right…hit 9 you get 9…not getting a messenger isn’t a bad break…getting a messenger is a ‘lucky’ break

    1. @sodapop you are totally wrong I an an stroker and i would leave a ten pen like a lot so if you don’t know bowling you can get a bowling ball and try it for your self

  5. Nah…Seen plenty of messengers do that in league and tournaments…Worst break to me is still a pocket 7-10 and a solid 8 and a solid 9. Especially when going for the last strike for a 300 game….

  6. For what it’s worth, that was some sick 😷 slinging of the wood. Just bad luck the package 📦 didn’t deliver.

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