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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

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That is why I say that there is no more luck in pitching horseshoes than pitching baseballs, and there is more science in it than in playing billiards.
    A lot of folks think there is no fun in tossing ringers, or trying to, but the barn-yard golf kind is just as fascinating and interesting as the kind which Walter Hagen and Jim Barnes play. In the past the game of horseshoe pitching has been sort of looked down upon from a socail standpoint, but it is becoming more popular every day. Personally I take as much pride in being champion golfer as Jack Dempsey, Willie Hoppe, Walter Johnson or any other of the big aces of sport do in their triumphs.

Science Counts

    To appreciate the sport you have to know the science or finer points of it. Two stakes in the ground 40 feet apart, a pair of shoe weighing not more than 2 ¼ pounds, 7 inches wide, 7 ½ inches long, with an opening between the calks or not more than 3 inches, make the layout.

Tips on Ringers

    Here are a few pointers I have learned to observe that will help beginners and veterans alike: Never tell your friends how good you are or how easily you have defeated an opponent; show them how. Do not look at your opponent's shoes as it is the opposite stake that you are trying to ring. Keep control over your muscles and take it easy. Learn first to throw the open shoe so that it can land right into the stake. Be careful in calculating the turn of your shoe, timing it like a baseball pitcher does the break on his curve.

Hooking Them On

    And then of course try to make every shoe a ringer, and if you practice as conscientiously as you do in other sports, most of the curved steel will float up to the peg and hook on. Don't ever get the idea in your head that because you are handling horseshoes you're going to be a lucky pitcher. It takes practice, that's all. You'd be sur-prised how excited you can become over either a friendly or match game of this barn-yard golf. Try it.
    I'll defend my title in any national tournament held in the country. I am a little different from other champs, as I like to defend mine often, and it doesn't require a big purse to coax me into the barn-yard.

Throwing the Shoes

    Stand far enough away from the stake so that the shoe will pass directly over the stake in your swing. 
    Don't pitch cross-fire unless it comes more natural; it's harder.
    Never make a downward or swooping movement in delivering the shoe.