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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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ficult part, for it takes considerable concentration to swing one's arm high up behind.
     Take your grip upon the shoe and place your feet as prescribed, preparatory to stepping. Stand perfectly straight. Raise your shoe up to a point even with your eyes, with your elbow bent. Now straighten your arm out in front of you and sight the opposite stake through the shoe which is held flat. Your arm should pause only for an instant as you aim your shoe, then your arm should swing down past your body and up behind you as far as you can swing it without letting your elbow bend, or allowing your body or head to turn. Without allowing the shoe to pause at the top of your back swing, bring the shoe back down past your body in the same track it followed before and release it when it again reaches the level of your eyes.
     You take your step forward with your left foot just before your shoe reaches the top of your back swing, and your foot should be planted in an extended position ahead of you by the time your shoe reaches your leg on its down swing. This timing of your step is very important, but it is not so difficult to master when you come to try it. The main thing to remember is to keep your arm in a direct line on your back swing. You will find this a hard thing to do, and you will not be able to get your shoe up behind you very far. But keep at it, for it is only after practicing this swing for quite a while that you will be able to master it.
     There is no luck in horseshoe pitching, nor is there any hidden trick whose discovery will transform you overnight from a "dub" to a topnotcher. Good pitchers are the product of hours of patient effort, and in almost every case these hours of patient effort are expended by the player in developing his swing.
     As you aim your shoe hold it flat, or level with the ground. As you bring the shoe down at the start of your swing, twist your wrist toward the left so as to bring the shoe perpendicular to the ground as it passes your leg. Keep it in this position until you bring it past your leg again on its upswing, and then just before the shoe reaches the point where you are to release it, flip your wrist over so as to bring the shoe flat as it leaves your hand. This imparts the turn to the shoe. If your shoe turns too much, ease up on the quickness of the wrist flip. Your wrist does all the work of turning the shoe-do not shift your grip to speed or slow the turn of the shoe!
     Keep the arm and shoe as close to your body as you possibly can without brushing either against your clothing.

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     If you have studied the foregoing paragraphs carefully you

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