HOW TO WIN AT CORNHOLE

Winning the game of Cornhole isn’t just about tossing beanbags or cornhole bags into a hole 30’ away; it’s a strategic game that demands finesse, skill, and a winning mindset.  That’s why we are writing this simple and quick guide to steer you in the right direction on How to Win at Cornhole.  Whether you’re a casual player looking to impress friends at backyard gatherings or a competitive enthusiast eyeing victory in tournaments, unlocking the secrets to dominating the Cornhole board is essential. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into some cornhole tips, tactics, and techniques to elevate your Cornhole game to championship levels. Get ready to step up your throwing game, outmaneuver opponents, and claim the title of Cornhole champion with our proven strategies.

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CORNHOLE PLAYING TECHNIQUE

#1 – Simply throw the bag or bags into the hole. Sounds easy, right. We hope you continue reading on.

Cornhole is a deceivingly simple game. Once you learn the best way to throw the bag, how to block your opponent and other tricks the pros know, you’ll find it’s a little more complex (and more fun)!

If you want to learn how to win at cornhole, start here.
At CornStars, we love to play cornhole, so we’re sharing our top tips for winning at cornhole. These are the basics, really, but many people play the game regularly without knowing any cornhole technique at all.

Let’s get better at playing cornhole, shall we?

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BEST CORNHOLE PLAYING TIPS

USE A REGULATION CORNHOLE BAG

Using regulation bags are ideal for proper cornhole throwing technique and for “leveling the playing field”.
Regulation cornhole bags meet the American Cornhole Association® standards.  The size of a regulation cornhole bag is six inches by six inches and filled with one pound of corn or resin pellets.  Regulation cornhole boards are four feet by two feet.  There are a number of companies that sell all different brands of bags with speed chart ratings for each side of the bag.  If you visit companies like Anything Cornhole, they allow you to try the bag before you buy them so you can get the feel of the bags.  Either way, using regulation cornhole bags is a simple way to improve your game on your road to winning.

DEVELOP YOUR STANCE

There are no hard and fast rules about the best cornhole throwing stance. Even pros have different stances, so practice finding the one that works best for you.
The rules state that your feet cannot extend past the front of the board next to you when throwing your cornhole bag. Some players find keeping both feet planted works best, while others throw a cornhole bag with one foot extended.

GRIP THE CORNHOLE BAG CORRECTLY

Develop a consistent grip for the bag when you throw it.  Proper techniques have your thumb on top of the bag, with the other four fingers under it.  Make sure the cornhole bag filling is distributed evenly.  This will help the bag fly better once you release it.  Remember, consistency is the key here. Throw bags and get comfortable.

DON’T THROW TOO HARD!

If your cornhole bag hits the board too fast, it will slide right off. Many people throw bags with too much force. This won’t help you get it in the hole. This is one of the reasons why CornStars developed the Cornhole Board Level Accessory.  The correct board angle is one of the keys to throwing and consistency.

AIM FOR THE CENTER OF THE CORNHOLE BOARD,NOT THE HOLE

Don’t aim for the hole, unless you are doing an airmail shot (see cornhole strategy tips below). Otherwise, the bag will slide when it hits the board – ideally, into the hole.  This will be your main throw once you are comfortable.

LEARN HOW TO THROW A CORNHOLE BAG LIKE A PRO

Correct cornhole bag throwing is underhand, with an arc in the toss.  You don’t want the arc to be too high or too low, as always, practice makes perfect.  Throw with your arm straight and add a rotation at the end.  You want your bag to fly in a flat spin, not end over end.  Your arm should be straight as you toss the bag with your palm facing up.  Sounds easy, right?.  There are many videos to assist with your toss but this article is merely a guide to get you started on your journey to Cornhole success!

SIMPLE CORNHOLE STRATEGY

A little bit of strategy is helpful if you want to learn how to win in cornhole.  Keep reading for some simple strategies….

TRY BLOCKING

If you want to stop your opponent from hitting the hole, drop your bag right in front of the hole in their path to the hole, blocking their next shot.  This is your start to the never ending cornhole mind games.

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LEARN HOW TO AIRMAIL A CORNHOLE BAG

What is an airmail cornhole shot?  When you need to avoid a bag or bags on the board or your lane to the hole is blocked, the best shot is an airmail, where you send the bag straight into the hole without touching the board.  This is a shot you can practice to pull out at just the right moment!

UP YOUR GAME WITH QUALITY BOARDS

Once you know the tricks and tips to better cornhole playing, you’ll notice the difference.  If you want a copy of the official rules of cornhole, click on the link here for the last version of the ACL Pro Rules and Regulations.  For the best boards, we recommend West Georgia Cornhole.  Check them out and you will understand why we recommend your boards from there.