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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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have gained enough knowledge of the game to be able to learn to pitch quite well. The following paragraphs contain information which is more for the use of an advanced pitcher rather than a beginner, and we suggest that the student should refrain from attempting to use any of this following information until he has learned to pitch fairly well.
     If you have followed the lessons exactly as prescribed herein, you will be pitching fairly well, but your shoe will seem to lack something. There will be many times when you will get your shoe to go very well, and then there will be other times when you can't for the life of you seem to make it work right. We will try to explain to you just what it is that you lack, and how you can go about getting it.
     The necessary thing which you lack is the ''break." Here is the definition of the "break." As you pitch your shoe now it leaves your hand, rises into the air, spins around as it flies through the air, opening up just as it reaches the stake. It spins around fairly evenly as it travels through the air. The "break" is a motion you impart to the shoe which causes it to travel through the air in a series of jerks rather than in an even spin. The idea behind these series of jerks is to cause the shoe to make its last jerk as it reaches a point about three feet from the stake to which it is going, and sweep straight into the stake open end foremost without making any further turn or jerk from that point on.
     The breaking shoe has a distinct advantage over the spinning shoe for this reason. When you develop a spinning shoe, you become used to seeing it open when the shoe travels at one certain height. If your shoe happens to travel a little higher or a little lower your shoe spins either not quite enough or too much, and your shoe is not open when it reaches the stake. With the breaking shoe, however, it can readily be seen that it will be open whether it is high or low.
     It is a very simple thing to know how to obtain the break on your shoe, but it is not so easy to master. As your shoe reaches the top of its back swing you tilt your wrist upward as far as you can before starting your shoe on its down swing. As your shoe is on its down swing, and until it is about half way up on its front swing, keep your wrist tilted. Then straighten your wrist up just an instant before you give it the flip which gives your shoe its turn. You must be careful not to get the flip and the tilt confused; the flip which turns your shoe is a twist of the wrist, while the tilt is a bending of the wrist, two different motions. However, the two motions must be performed so quickly and so close together that they seem almost impercept-


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