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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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ahead to a point close to: the foul line. Keep your feet parallel at all times. After you have delivered your first shoe, replace your feet as they were before, and go through exactly the same Step for the second shoe. You will find it advisable to keep your right foot on the ground at all times. You may raise your right heel in delivering the shoe, but you should keep the toe on the ground. This enables you to back up and replace your feet in starling position without looking down at them between pitches, and this aids in developing a rhythm to the delivery of your two shoes.
     There is another new method of stepping which is a recent idea, but because of the risk of getting you confused regarding the step, we will delay telling you about this new method until later. Just keep in mind how your feet should work, and when you learn about the swing you will then be able to fit the two together.

THE SWING AND DELIVERY
     Up until now we have told you about several points that are relatively small when compared to the next point we shall attempt to set forth. This next is the pulse of all horseshoe pitching-the "swing." The swing is the vehicle which whisks your shoe across intervening space to the opposite stake, and it is going to present to you, the beginner, the one most difficult part of pitching horseshoes. It is here that most horseshoe pitchers fail. Most pitchers, Whether they be experts or dubs use much the same grip, step and shoe, but the thing which distinguishes them apart is their swing.
     Your arm and shoulder contains many sets of muscles which have been built up through work you have done. In developing a horseshoe swing you must bring into play many muscles which you heretofore have never used, and the gradual strengthening of these muscles takes time and patience. Most players develop their arms up to a certain point and then fall) into a rut from which- they never recover, either because they lack the necessary desire to practice unrelentingly until they conquer the swing, or because they get into competition too quickly, and in the heat of battle allow their swing to degenerate into a pushing motion from Which it is hard to recover. It is fatal to allow yourself to form bad pitching habits. It is much better to take longer in getting ready to pitch, when you will have formed good habits of pitching. But let us take up the swing itself.
     There are two parts to the swing, the front swing and the back swing. The front swing is easy, because it is easy to raise one's arm up in front of one's self, but the back swing is the dif-

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