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HORSESHOE PITCHING GUIDE

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    Practice gaining control and range with the shoe like a baseball pitcher does with the ball.
    The shoe should sail between 6 and 10 feet above the ground enroute to the opposite stake.

Holding the Shoe

    Take the shoe in the right hand, unless you happen to be a southpaw.
    Place the first joint of forefinger near the end and top edge of rgiht hand fork of shoe.
    Keep the caulks facing downward with the thumb flat on top.
    With the other three fingers hold the shoe from the bottom.
    The forefinger guides the shoe as it leaves the hand.

How to Stand

    You may stand anywhere within a radius of three feet of the stake.
    Put your heels together like a soldier, with the toes pointing out. It is permissible to stand on either side, front or back of the stake. The best place to stand is on the side even with the stake. Be sure the ground is solid under your feet for the step forward.

The Open Shoe

    The open shoe is one which lands with the opening between the calks toward the stake.
    If you whirl the shoe more than three and a half times, control is lost.
    A one and three-quarter turn has been found to be the easiest to control; it is used by the best horseshoe pitchers in the country.
    This is regulated by the grip on the shoe, by holding forward toward the heel calk or toward the toe calk. All depends on whether your shoe is turning too much or not enough.