by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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   Now that the beginner has been introduced to the correct grip, he will naturally think that the next step will be the delivery of the shoe. However, we cannot start at the top of the ladder and come down; we must start at the bottom and work up step by step. Wherever horseshoe pitchers congregate, one can see a number of freak deliveries and hear a great deal about the importance of the Delivery. But, all too frequently, the fundamentals that go into the make up of the delivery do not receive enough attention. While anyone, who is not completely disabled, can pick up a shoe and toss it, this does not mean he can control it. To acquire coordination and control calls for a considerable amount of patient study and practice in working out and mastering the basic fundamentals involved in the delivery. These are: 1- STANCE; 2-FOOTWORK; 3- SWING; 4-FOLLOW-THROUGH; 5- RELEASE; 6-COORDINATION or RHYTHM. A good delivery is wholly dependent upon these six important phases which must all be combined to form a perfect rhythmic action. RHYTHM IS THE DOMINATING FUNDAMENTAL. Regardless of the wide variation in methods used, the underlying fundamental principals remain specifically the same. A number of the following pages are devoted to describing and analyzing the various fundamental factors embodied in the delivery.


   Proper stance will help to develop*** a well-balanced and accurate delivery. Several different methods are used by the champions. At no time is it necessary to stand at rigid attention at the mark. Standing to one side, opposite, or a little to the rear of the stake, the body should be naturally erect and all the muscles free from tension. Most pitchers assume a slight crouching position. Stand as near to the clay as possible without stepping off the pitcher's platform. A right-handed player should stand to the left of the stake; a left-hander or "southpaw" should take position to the right of the peg. This keeps the delivery arm nearest and in more direct line with the stakes. The pegs lean toward each other which makes them the center of the alignment. When one delivers from the wrong side of the stake, he is not only pitching crossfire and off center of the alignment, but a few inches farther than the usual distance. Because good alignment is essential to over 85% of the ringers, the importance of a correct stance cannot be overemphasized. BY ALL MEANS, ALWAYS PITCH FROM THE SAME SIDE OF THE STAKE AT BOTH ENDS OF THE COURT. For example, if you stand to the left of the peg at one end of the court, do the same at the other end.