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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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ible. You might watch a player for hours without discerning the exact motions of his wrist and arm.
     The break can be mastered only after you have gotten the feel of the shoe, and to obtain the feel of the shoe it is necessary that you be extremely careful to swing your shoe rather loosely so as to relax your muscles as much as possible. It is fatal to horseshoe pitching form to put any force on the shoe, or to hurry your swing in any way. The arm and shoe must dangle like the pendulum of a clock, and the shoe must travel from your hand to the opposite stake by the momentum of its own weight picked up in the swing rather than by any force given to it by a pushing motion of the arm. The importance of developing a swing which is loose and rhythmic is clearly seen. The break, obtained through tilting the wrist aids in giving added impetus to the shoe, but this tilt, while very helpful and necessary, must be mastered without allowing yourself to fall into a pushing motion while attempting to develop it.
     In the next chapter we will lay down a system of practice designed to aid a beginner in becoming a horseshoe pitcher.

PRACTICE
     We will now assume that the problem of a horseshoe court and a pair of shoes has been solved-you have a good court and a new pair of shoes. You have read the foregoing chapters, and are now ready to take the first step in actually learning to pitch.
     Before you go out on the court, try out your grip, stance, step and swing without actually throwing the shoe so as to get the "feel" of the whole thing. When you go on a court, we advise you to go by yourself where there will be no outside interference and you will be able to concentrate. As you first try to pitch, see that your feet are placed right, take your grip upon the shoe and then try to swing it and step ahead just as has been set forth herein. You will find that it is a hard task to even think of everything that you have to do, let alone do it, and you will not be able to get anything that even resembles horseshoe pitching. Soon your fingers and arm will tire from the unaccustomed exercise, your legs will get a little stiff, and your fingers will begin to develop a few blisters. Do not be discouraged; however, it all takes time.
     Do not practice over an hour the first time out. Go out the very next day, even though your fingers are sore or your legs and arm stiff. In fact, go out and practice each day for about five straight days. Then take a days' rest.
     We advise you to keep on by yourself for two weeks at least before attempting to pitch in public. By that time you should be able to throw a few ringers, and the really hardest part is over.

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