Cornhole Tips for Beginners

Are you looking to improve your cornhole game? Whether you want to enter a tournament or show off at the next BBQ, you have come to the right place! These are some Cornhole tips for beginners that are easy to learn and follow for any cornhole player.

Stance

There are two options you can choose for your stance. However, there is no right or wrong way. It’s just a matter of which one you are more comfortable with. The first option is to have your feet next to each other about shoulder-width apart and bend your knees slightly. The advantage to this stance is that your arm does all of the work, giving you a more consistent throw. The other option is to take one step forward with your foot opposite your throwing arm. Keep your knees bent to where it’s comfortable. This stance will get your legs involved more, which some players find more helpful.

Where To Aim

Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t aim for the hole. In fact, you should be aiming about 6 inches up from the front of the board. Here are two reasons why. One, you are more likely to keep the bag on the board this way. It’s better to land on the board for 1 point instead of overthrowing the whole board for 0 points. Two, the bag will slide towards the hole after hitting the board, so you still have a good chance to get the bag in the hole. One more tip, keep your eyes focused on where you aim throughout your throwing motion.

How To Throw The Bag

The bag should be thrown like a frisbee. This part takes the most practice. You want to throw it like this to give yourself the best chance of the bag landing on its side every throw. If the bag lands on its edges or corners, it will travel through the air and slide inconsistently. To throw it like a frisbee, you have to hold the bag like one. Place your thumb on top of the bag with your fingers underneath. Instead of holding the edge, like a frisbee, place your fingers in the middle. When you throw the beg, don’t curl your arm like you would with a frisbee. Instead, keep your arm straight and only flick your wrist to make it spin slightly.

Throw With An Arc

This is where you don’t want to throw the bag like a frisbee. Make sure your throw has a good arc on it. If there isn’t one, then your bag is much more likely to hit the side or slide right off. Don’t throw too high though, because then your bags won’t slide at all. This technique takes some practice to master.

Practice these tips, and you’ll definitely improve your game. One more thing! Don’t forget to relax and have fun! Otherwise, you’ll be stiff and it will throw off all of your new techniques!

The last Cornhole Tip for Beginners

Always be sure to make sure your boards are level in both directions:

  • Left to Right (side to side)
  • Front to Back (pitch)

If your boards are not level side to side, your bag will have a tendency to slide towards the lower side.  If your cornhole board is too steep, your bags will stop short.  If your cornhole boards are too flat, your bags will tend to slide off the back.  Always make sure your boards are level in both directions.  CornStars LLC invented the Cornhole Level for just this purpose.  A simply way to level your cornhole board.  You can also use the tehter in the front to assist in setting the cornhole distance between boards.

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