Horseshoe Pitching Info Area
Here you will find all kinds of information about the sport of horseshoe pitching such as how to play the game, where to play it and much more. As you will see, it's definitely more than a backyard game. There are clubs and organizations all over the country that are involved in organized horseshoe pitching. Some are totally devoted to the sport, such as the National Horseshoe Pitchers' Association and its affiliates. Others, like American Legions, VFW's, Moose Clubs, Elks Clubs, Eagles Clubs and many taverns, offer it as a form of recreation for their membership or patrons. It is growing at a tremendous rate at the amateur level all over the country. Everyone loves to play horseshoes!
Official Rules of Horseshoe Pitching:
Basics of Pitching a Horseshoe:
Note: The writer of this information gives a great description of the fundamentals of the game. However, he is very biased in his opinions in relation to flip and odd-turn pitching techniques. These feelings are his own and are not consistent with our beliefs that a player should pitch what "feels" the best to themselves. This article was published many years ago and does not take into account the proven successes of many "freak or off turns" as he calls them.
The 1999 Men's World Champion, Alan Francis (seven times overall), throws a 3/4 reverse turn. The 1999 Women's World Champion, Sue Snyder, throws a one-flip pitch. Both of these players have consistently thrown over 85% ringers on the average for many years straight with what the author considers to be "freak or off turns". There are many other successful players utilizing turns other than the 1 1/4 and 1 3/4.
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If you are just setting up a temporary court for a picnic or gathering of some type, remember that the stakes should be 40 feet apart and should lean slightly toward each other (about three inches in from vertical) so that they are not straight up. Remember, according to the official rules, women and children can move up to the 30 foot line and pitch from there.
World Champions and all World Records:
Stats for all sanctioned players in U.S. & Canada:
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