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The Basic How To's of Cornhole

If you’ve never played cornhole before, you’re not alone. You might be in the minority, but not alone. Some think it’s the best backyard game out there, some think it’s a boring concept, some just have no interest, and some might want to try it but feel odd because they don’t know how to play such a simple game. If you’re the latter, we’re here to help.

The first thing to know is that anyone can have a great time playing cornhole. There are really two main “styles”, the RIGHT way, and what we call the REAL way when it comes to the basics. Take a WILD guess at which way we prefer…

First, the RIGHT way:

* Boards should be 27 feet apart, front to front, and on flat level ground.

* The pitching area is 2 feet on either side of the board. Make sure that when you release the bag your feet do not go further than the front of the board.

* Bean bags should be 15.5 to 16 ounces in weight.

* To properly throw the bag, use the pancake/frisbee throw and try to keep the bag as flat as possible.

* Keeping score – use a score tower or digital counter to accurately keep score.

* Alternate throws between each player. Whichever team scored on the previous throw goes first.


And now, the REAL way:

* Boards should be as far apart as you want. Generally, the distance between the boards is directly correlated to the current state of the players involved.

* The pitching area is somewhere in the vicinity of the board on your side. Pick an angle to throw towards the other side and try to aim. We recommend having both eyes open but understand that sometimes that’s just not possible. Who hasn’t tried to aim with one eye open?

* Bean bags should still be 15.5 to 16 ounces. I mean, something needs to be consistent, right?

* To throw the bag, make sure that you have properly balanced “counterweight” in the other hand. Preferably something in liquid form…

* Keeping score – Have someone that pays attention keep the score. If everyone is having too much fun, or a few drinks down, do your best.

* Alternate throws between each player. If you can’t remember who score last or who’s turn it is…you’re doing it right and having fun!


Bottom line, it doesn’t matter what way you play. Just play, have fun, and make some memories with people.

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