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24      HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME

of delivery. Depend upon a full, easy swing of the arm from the shoulder to get distance rather than an effort of the arm.
Stance
     Ease of delivery and accuracy depends upon the method of pitching. Stand with both feet together at the rear and slightly to one side of the stake. If you are right-handed extend the right arm and shoe forward to full length and allow it to swing backward. As the shoe reaches the end of the backward swing, step forward with the left foot and swing the delivery arm forward with an easy natural sweep that will mean much to your game later on.
Avoid Hard Ground
     If no clay is available, it is much better to dig up a small area near the stake as pitching on hard turf will cause the shoes to bound badly.

A Hint on Practice
     Get someone who is interested in horseshoe pitching to practice with you. This introduces an element of competition and enthusiasm which puts each player on his mettle and brings quicker results.
     Frank Jackson, Lamoni, Iowa, who was the first World's Champion Horseshoe Pitcher, won his title at Bronson, Kansas, in 1909, at the first tournament of which there is any record, where it was advertised that competition was open to the world. He successfully defended hi3 title in many contests until 1919, in Kansas City. Kans., he lost to Bob Comfort, of Minneapolis, Kans. August 8 to 14, 1920, he again won World's Championship honors in the National Tournament at Akron, Ohio, but lost them by not competing at St. Petersburg, Florida, Feb. 21 to 26, 1921. He won the World's Championship again at Minneapolis, Minn., in September. 1921, and again in St. Petersburg, Florida, February 8 to 18, 1926. He has been World's Champion more years than any other man since World's Championship Tournaments have been held.
     For nearly 40 years Mr. Jackson held his shoe in the way he describes, as follows: "I hold my shoe with my front finger around the heel calk, hold the shoe with the thumb and next two fingers, hold the shoe level with the little finger under the shoe and gauge the turn with my wrist." This gave his shoe a 2 3/4 turn. This is the way that practically every horseshoe pitcher of the older generation learned to hold his shoe. Mr. Jackson was the best ringer pitcher that ever used this hold.
     However, in January, 1926, he decided if he was ever to win the World's Championship again he must change his hold because with his old turn, he was not able to work the joint of his first finger fast enough and control his shoe well enough to get better than 55 per cent ringers, while pitchers using other holds were pitching a better percent.
     Only a few weeks before the National Tournament in St. Petersburg, Florida, which was held February 18, 1926, he changed his hold to that shown in Figure 1, above and began pitching the 1 3/4 turn. He says the shoe balances better in his hand and gives him better control.
     The result of this change of hold was that Mr. Jackson again won title of the World's Champion. His record in this tournament was 2028 ringers in 3278 shoes pitched, or 61.9 per cent ringers.
     Mr. Jackson says a pitcher should always stand to the left side of the peg, swing the shoe over the peg in line with the opposite peg. Stand with the left foot forward three feet in front of the peg and not step up as he pitches.
     This is different from the position and delivery that most if not all other men use who have won championship honors.
     To become a good horseshoe pitcher, first decide on the make