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Book Review: Cornhole – Throwing Bags in a Hole

Posted by Dave On December - 23 - 2010

Cornhole Book coverCornhole boards at a tailgate party are as commonplace as grills and coolers. As far as tailgating games go, cornhole is the undisputed, undefeated champion of the parking lot. And it is no wonder why cornhole is king. The expansive space of a parking lot lends itself nicely to cornhole while the game’s folding legs makes it easily portable and fits well into tailgating vehicles. But up until now, to become a cornhole player you had to know one who would teach you the game. Since the publication of Cornhole – Throwing Bags in a Hole there is no need to seek the advice of other cornhole players who have come before you. In a nutshell, this book is the definitive resource and the end all, be all to knowing everything about the tailgating game of cornhole.

You may recall the last book we reviewed was The Book of Beer Pong back in October of last year. In our review, we said that you needed to make sure that book was always in your tailgating kit in order to settle disputes on differing house rules and etiquette.We now need to amend that recommendation. There needs to be two books in your tailgating kit now. Upon reading Cornhole – Throwing Bags in a Hole it is clear this book will answer all your questions about how the game originated, building your own boards, rules, organizing tournaments and most importantly, understanding the unique language and slang terms used by cornholers.

Cornhole – Throwing Bags in a Hole is written by Mark Rogers and cuts to the very core of why cornhole has gained in popularity while being still a very young game. Seeing that I have been tailgating for a number of years now I thought I had learned all there is to know about the game cornhole. Boy was I wrong. After completing the book I realized that although I had a solid foundation and understanding of the game, I really didn’t know the history, the origin or the profound differences in play and regulations followed by the two major cornhole sanctioning bodies. The most interesting portion of the book and the part I found the most valuable was the glossary section. Learning the different lingo like what a “Berlin Airlift” or a “Leprechaun” is made the book invaluable. As a beginning player who wants to play cornhole but not have to constantly ask, “what does that mean?”, this book will be a life saver.

Another life saver is the rules of the game are easily laid out no matter if you are playing American Cornhole Organization (ACO) or American Cornhole Association (ACA) regulations. Advice on pitching and throwing styles and techniques is also great for not only the beginning player but for the veteran player looking to improve their game. In all honesty, if you have a question about cornhole, this book will answer it. I came away from reading it feeling extremely informed and knowledgeable. I even went out to the garage and broke out my cornhole boards and pitched a few bags all by myself. I wanted to try out some of the different pitching techniques demonstrated in the book and to see if one felt more comfortable or was more accurate and effective than the style I normally throw with.

Cornhole – Throwing Bags in a Hole is a softcover book priced at $19.95. You can order this book at: cornholebook.com.

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