The Key In Commanding A Game Of Cornhole

May 17, 2019

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Summer is almost here and backyards all over the area will be fired up, pool floats will be inflated and a friendly game of cornhole will be played for pride.  While it may seem simple to toss a bean bag through a hole on a board a few feet away, it takes skill, just as a game of Chess or beer pong! Each year the American Cornhole Organization hosts local, regional and national tournaments to find the cornhole champion such as Stacia "Queen" Pugh of Lakewood, Ohio who won the national championship in 2015. She says the biggest mistake cornhole player s make is to make a direct line throw towards the hole.  She says it's better to give the bag a bit of an arc when you toss it and with just enough force for it to slide up the cornhole board towards the hole. Footwork is crucially important in cornhole and there is some debate between players as to take a step forward when tossing the bean bag or standing still. But really it's just a matter of preference, says the champ. The bottom line is that if you are a right-handed player, you should put your left foot forward (or vice versa for lefties) so you can lean into the throw, whether you step or not. As for the bag as it leaves your hand, it should not be spinning end-over-end as it's likely to bounce off the board, or just result in an inaccurate shot. Instead it should float through the air much like a Frisbee and rotating vertically. It will definitely make your throws better and more accurate. And with all sports, be judicious with your drinking. While a few nips can work for some players, the biggest key to success is to not over-imbibe... no matter who you are.

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SOURCE: Thrillist

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