There are several key elements to perfecting the cornhole toss. What separate the pros from causal players are the mechanics of the toss and the repeatability of those mechanics. Most pros use a spin toss. Adding spin to the bag stabilizes it like a gyro. A spinning bag is more controllable and less likely to move around or "knuckle ball" in windy conditions. When we teach players how to throw the spin toss, it generally takes about 2-3 rounds to start hitting the board. After that, about 80% of those players never go back to their old style. Some players just can't get the hang of it or feel pressured and want to go back to what they feel comfortable with. Our recommendation is to keep practicing until you get it.
Grip the bag with four fingers under the bag and the thumb on the top in the center. A good starting stance is with both feet together. Knees should be slightly bent and your body should have a slight lean over your throwing arm to allow your arm to swing straight without hitting your leg. Start by stepping forward towards the foul line with the foot opposite of your throwing arm. As you step forward, your arm swings backward. As your weight transfers to your forward foot, your arm will swing past your hip. Release the bag above your waistline and allow your arm and hand to finish at head level. As your arm swings, your wrist should rotate only slightly. Bag spin should really be achieved by your fingers at the top of the release. As the bag leaves your hand, your index and middle fingers stay contact to the bag a little longer generating spin. This is the finesse part that takes a lot of practice to master.
The flight of the bag should be an arc around 5ft-10ft. Any higher and you lose accuracy and you risk bouncing the bag off the board. Any lower and you risk sliding off the end. After you start getting the hang of the toss, your focus should remain on your target and not on the flight of the bag.
To minimize bounce, the bags should land at a slight angle and not flat. This will deaden the impact and the bags will stick much better. As you master this technique, you can spin the bags in a variety of orientations. Check out our video showing this technique:
Watch these pros toss. They are doing the same thing.
Remember, if you want to win, get the spin! Now get toss'n!
Hard Surface Tips
Playing Bag Toss on soft surface like grass or sand is optimal because the impact of the bags are dampened creating less bounce. On hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt the impact of the bags can cause the boards to be jumpy especially if the bags are landing flat. In most situations you won’t care or notice that the boards are moving around a little, but if you have a tournament then you will want the best. An easy and effective solution is to use an old towel. Cut an old towel in half or quarters, fold it up and place it under the legs. The example shown here is a full towel cut in half, folded three times and placed under the front and back legs.
Level the Boards
Bags are intended to slide on the deck of the board. If the boards are tilted then the bags will either slide too fast, too slow, to the right or to the left. If the boards are tilted to the right then the bags will slide to the right. If the boards are on a downward slope and tilted back, then the bags will slide too fast and may be hard to keep on the board. When we set up the boards, we check to make sure the boards are level by either using a small level or testing the slide with a couple practice throws. If the boards are tilted, we recommend cutting up 6"x6" squares from an old towel and place them as necessary under the feet of the board. This is similar to what we discussed in our Hard Surface Tip. Stack as many squares as needed to level the boards right to left and front to back.
As described in our How to Play page, the recommended distance between the front edge of the boards for Casual play is 24ft and for Pro play 27ft. This just emphasizes that distance between the boards really dictates how hard the game is. If you and your friends are having a hard time getting bags to stay on the board, they are probably too far apart. Move the boards together a couple feet and see how that changes the scoring. Conversely, if people find it too easy to get the bags on the board, move the boards apart a foot or two.
Excessive Bag Slide
When the weather is hot and the bags are very dry, the surface may become very fast meaning it is hard to get the bags to stay on the board. When this condition is present and players become frustrated, move the boards closer together. Another technique is to spray a little water on the bags with an old spray bottle. Pros tend to like a lot of slide because it makes it easier to get bags in the hole. Adding arc to your throw will help the bags to stay on the board.
Pro Tips: If your bags
are sliding off the board, add more arc to your toss. Toss the
bag with a smooth swing of the arm; consistency is key. As you
toss, your feet start off together, then as you begin your swing,
step with your opposite foot towards the foul line. Throw the
bags close to the foul line without stepping over the foul line. Care Tips: It’s best to
keep the boards and bags dry and to minimize exposure to UV. Safety: Children should not play on or around the playing field
without close supervision of a responsible parent. Do not stand
or play on the boards. Do not eat the filler in the bags, it is
plastic. Please drink alcohol responsibly. Disclaimer: Vorticy Sports, Inc. is not responsible, nor liable
for damage, including, but not limited to property damage, personal
injury or death as a result of storing, transporting or playing
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