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Cornhole Basics: Bag Toss Technique

 

Is cornhole easy to pick up? Yes. Is cornhole easy to master? Absolutely not. Playing cornhole may be easy, but playing it well requires technique and strategy. This post looks at different throwing techniques and gives some tips that can help your game.

 

Grip – There are a number of different ways people hold a bag when throwing. One technique is to hold the bag parallel to the ground, with your 4 fingers underneath the bag and the thumb on top. This grip is especially useful for applying side spin, which will be discussed later. Others prefer holding it flat in their palm. Other grips involve holding the bag by the edge, folding it in half, or holding it backhand with your hand on top of the bag. The grip you use will be largely predicated by personal preference and what throwing style you prefer.

Stance– While there are a variety of stances used in cornhole, most tend to be staggered. Some will plant their off-handed foot forward before the throw, while other players step into their throws, as they would when throwing a baseball. A smaller percentage stand with their throwing side foot forward, either stepping or planted. Once again, personal preference is the most important factor in choosing your stance.

Arc– The arc you put on your throw determines how far the bag will slide once it hits the board. The less arc you throw with, the more horizontal momentum the bag will have when it hits the board, and the more it will slide. The higher arc you give the bag, the less it will slide, and the closer to the hole you need to land it. Consider your aim/landing target when you decide how much arc to use. Mastering a variety of heights allows you to adjust your throw depending on the scenario.

Spin– Using spin can affect the flight of your bag and its slide once it reaches the board. Two popular spin throws have different effects on the bag toss. Side spin is a popular technique with many cornhole players. Holding the bag in your fingers, you can apply side spin as you release the bag. Side spin keeps the beans evenly distributed throughout the bag and helps it fly straight. The side spin also keeps the bag horizontal so it lands flat on the board and slides rather than bounces. Another technique involves applying backspin to the bag to slow its slide when it lands. Backspin throws use either a backhand grip or a grip holding the edge of the bag. Try both spin and non-spin throws to determine your preference.

Now you have a basic guide to some of the most popular and effective cornhole throwing techniques. Keep your eye out for more posts and videos on Cornhole Basics


PS: Don’t throw overhand. You will look like a chump. Your family, friends, and romantic interests will all point and laugh. You will be “toss-shamed” until you throw underhand like a normal human being