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How to play Cornhole: Four Strategies of Bag Toss

When it comes to the game of cornhole, there are many different styles of play and techniques that can be used during gameplay. A large portion of new players around the world tend to play the game in a simple fashion and only focus on getting the bags on the board.

While this can be a great strategy for beginners, as you begin to play the game more it can be useful to understand the different techniques available to you. Just like many sports and activities, there are multiple different moves and strategies out there that can give you an edge in your cornhole competitions.

In this article we will be talking about the four main strategies when it comes to tossing your bags.

The Slide

“The Slide” is one of the most simple and commonly used techniques in the game of cornhole. To perform the slide you toss your bag onto the bottom half of the cornhole board, and let your bag slide up into the hole. Sounds pretty simple right?

When performing “The Slide” you will want to make sure that the board is mostly clear of other bags for you to perform your slide. If you are using Pro Style Cornhole Bags with a “stick and slick” side to them, be sure that you have the slick side down so your bag will have optimal slide.

The slide shot is a great technique to use to on a clear board specifically at the beginning of a new round. The reason for this is the idea that not only will you have a better chance to make your bag in the hole, but you also will have a better chance to keep your bag on the board and possibly set up a “roadblock” for your opponent.

 

The Roadblock

“The Roadblock” is one of my personal favorite strategies to use during a game of cornhole. To set up a roadblock you first slide or land your bag (depending on your bag type) right in front of the hole on the board. This bag will create a roadblock in front of the hole for your opponent.

When using a set of Pro Style Bags, many people prefer to use the “stick” side of the bag and land their bag directly in front of the hole. Having the “stick” side down makes it much harder for your opponent to push both his and your bags into the hole at the same time and nullify your points.

This roadblock creates a very hard shot for your opponent as they will have to either go over your bag with an “airmail” shot or risk pushing your bag in. This is a common technique that is used by the pros and is fundamental in setting your opponent up for a tough round. 

The Airmail

“The Airmail” is a great to use during a game of cornhole. It is also one of the most difficult shots to make. “The Airmail” is a great shot to use when there is a bag or multiple bags blocking the front of the cornhole board hole.

“The Airmail” shot consists of throwing your bag high into the air and draining it right into the hole while having the bag barely touching the board. When performing the airmail you will want to be sure that you get quite a bit of loft behind your toss. The more loft the better.

The reason you want to really focus on the loft is the idea that the more loft you have on your cornhole bag, the more likely it is to drop straight into the hole. When throwing your bag at an angle it decreases the chances of your bag landing cleanly inside of the hole. This shot will come in handy when you are trying to avoid pushing your opponent’s bag into the hole if it is blocking the hole.

The Push

Last on our list of the four main cornhole throwing strategies is “The Push.” The push is an extremely useful shot that can help you rack up a lot of points quick. Much like the name portrays, this shot is performed by sliding your bag into a bag near the front of the hole and pushing that bag into the hole.

One of the great things about the push shot is the ability to make multiple bags at one time. If you have a bag sitting near the front of the hole ready to be pushed in, often times you can put enough speed on your throw and push both bags into the hole at the same time. Doing this will allow you to rack up a lot of points.

Depending on how your bags are placed on the cornhole board, you might even be able to push three bags in at once. This can be a great strategy if your bags are piled up or very close to going in the hole. If you are playing in a game where you will be penalized for going over a score of 21, you will want to be careful as this strategy could hurt you more than it helps. 

 

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Understanding the four main strategies of tossing a cornhole bag can really help your cornhole game moving forward. The game of cornhole has been on a very steady rise and is becoming the go to choice when it comes to backyard and outdoor gaming with friends and family. Anybody can play this awesome game regardless of skill level and have a lot of fun playing.

Next time you are with some friends or family playing cornhole be sure to give a few of these shots a try. You will often find yourself in a situation where at least one of these techniques will come in handy in helping you score a few points during your next round of cornhole. Impress your friends and family with your knowledge of the game, understanding of different cornhole situations, and ability to play them strategically.

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Dylan Pellegrene

Dylan Pellegrene

Digital Content Manager @ IPG Global Marketing and Slick Woody's Cornhole Company. Like having fun with friends, family oriented, Cleveland Sports Fan! Enjoy reading and writing and am always looking to expand my knowledge on different subjects!


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