EXERCISEºRECREATIONºSPORT


SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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means, don't try to pitch old discarded shoes from the blacksmith's shop or use old car axles and drive shafts for stakes. Old shoes lack the proper size, shape, weight, balance and width of opening. Car axles and drive shafts are too large, too hard and severe on the pitching shoes. Use only soft iron or steel stakes one inch in diameter.

   A number of reliable firms are engaged in manufacturing horse-shoes and accessories. These firms contribute much to the progress of the sport by supplying the latest, scientifically designed equipment. Patronize them! Shoes and accessories are inexpensive and, if the game is worth playing at all, it is certainly worth the price of the necessary standard equipment. After all, one would not attempt to play a good game of tennis with a ping-pong paddle. When purchasing shoes, be sure they have been accepted as official by The National Association. Not all makes, especially the cheap brands, are "regulation" or "official" even if they are so advertised. The National protects both the player and the game by preventing all sorts of freakly designed shoes of dubious sizes and weights from lowering the standards of the sport.

   Another important factor is one's personal appearance on the public courts. The game is one of the cleanest on earth and a neat and clean appearance on the playgrounds is as essential as at any other public place. A dirty and slovenly dressed player cannot exhibit the game in proper style and this adversely reflects on the individual and the game as well. Such an appearance can lead many persons to believe that horseshoe is only a "barnyard" or "back alley" game after all and not worth their time. A salesman who is careless and untidy cannot succeed in selling to the public.

   For all other major sports, such as golf, tennis, baseball and polo, the players dress in neat and attractive uniforms and everything pertaining to these games is kept in the best possible condition. This is one of the chief reasons why they are so popular and receive so much support and publicity in the newspapers and magazines. A light shirt or sports sweater and a pair of white duck trousers are inexpensive, cool and comfortable to wear. A uniform of this kind not only attracts favorable attention but suggests the player knows and takes pride in his game. While clothes do not make the player, the knowledge that he is clean and neatly dressed imparts a considerable amount of confidence which helps him to play a better game. Even if one cannot afford such a uniform, he can, at least, be clean and give the spectators a more dignified conception of the sport.

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