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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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ing much better shoes if they would make up their minds that the orthodox side is the best. It is best because the pitcher's arm swings more directly from stake to stake and facilitates the alignment of the shoe. Also, you find a little later that you can gauge your step much easier from the orthodox side.
     Having decided that we shall pitch our horseshoes from the left or orthodox side, our next problem is to decide whether it is best to pitch our shoes from a standing position with either the left or rig-ht foot planted forward or whether it will be better to take a step, and if so, with which foot.
     There are many players to be found using one of these foul' different ways, and our problem must be to determine which way is best. Pitching a horseshoe involves the same motion used in delivering a softball. Did you ever see a softball pitcher use any other .motion than a step forward with the left foot? The reason for this is that it is easier to deliver the ball with this step. It is the same with a horseshoe. The easiest, most natural way, and the general choice of the great majority of experts is to step forward with the left foot in delivering the shoe.
     Using the right foot forward, whether standing' or stepping, tends to twist the body toward the left and makes the task of aligning the shoe more difficult. It also causes you to pitch your shoe with a lunging motion instead of the easy swing which you will learn a little later on in this work.
     Standing still with the left foot extended while delivering the shoe is a little better, but this way still causes you to work harder than you, should, and it is difficult to obtain a smooth, easy delivery. It is noticeable that in the past 14 years no player other than one who stepped with his left foot has succeeded in capturing a world tournament.
     Over the span of the past decade, horseshoe science as represented by the topnotch pitchers has developed a way of stepping with the left foot which is now known as the orthodox method. This step has been generally recognized as being the easiest and simplest way of stepping. Here is how the step works.
     Take your stance on the left side of the stake. Place your right foot as near to the clay as you can without stepping off' the hard surfacing of the court. The right foot should be about even with the stake or a little bit behind it if you happen to be quite long-legged. Point the toe of the right foot at a 45 degree angle toward the right. Place your left foot parallel to your right and about two or three inches in advance. When the time comes for you to make your step, just lift your left foot high enough to clear the ground without scraping and step right

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