These stakes are 1-inch in diameter by 30 inches in length. This is the official stake diameter for NHPA Sanctioned Tournament Play and our stakes are considerably longer than those in most all other backyard sets. These stakes are made from precision cold rolled steel. They are blunt at both ends, making them ideal for permanent mounting in either a short section of railroad tie or in concrete. We bevel the ends for easy and safe handling. They can also be pounded directly into solid ground with ease for a temporary setup and will hold in place even longer than pointed stakes. When purchasing any of our products that include these stakes, you’ll receive a complimentary Horseshoe Handbook that outlines the basic installation methods… some very handy information! Remember, horseshoe stakes are not straight up and down. They angle towards each other on a 12 degree lean. If you have any questions about this, call us directly at 814-835-6881 for help. Helpful hint... When in temporary use, it helps to paint just the top half of the stake white or a bright color (spray paint works fine). Then, when you're tapping the stake into the ground, just tap it down to the paint line and stop... no measuring required now, as that's takes it down to the exact specified height for sanctioned play!