Easy Ways to Elevate Your Cornhole Game

Keep your guests smiling with one of the hottest (and easiest) team party games ever created.

According to legend, a fourteenth-century cabinet maker named Matthias Kuepermann created cornhole after watching some kids toss rocks into a groundhog hole. The game is now super popular at backyard barbecues, beach parties, company outings, and tailgate parties. Note that just because you already have a cornhole set doesn’t mean you don’t need another, since different types fit different needs. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know to make cornhole a fun part of your next party.

Bring It Anywhere

This product folds down into a tiny 11 by 11-inch square. Himal

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The perfect cornhole set depends on where and how you intend to use it. While a professional-grade game might weigh 50 pounds or more and be difficult to haul, portable ones make transport less difficult. Some models are made of PVC pipe and completely disassemble for easy stowing, packing, and hauling. Others are soft-sided, and their flat design makes them easy to stow in nooks and crannies around your other tailgate stuff. Just keep in mind that soft-sided games have a little more bounce to them than wood, which can irritate any pros you attract to your tailgate spread.

Regulation Size

Constructed of pine, this item is ripe for customization. GoSports

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Serious cornhole players should consider regulation-sized sets, since that’s the way the professionals play the game. Regulation cornhole boards are four feet long and two feet wide. The front of the board is between three and four inches tall, and the back is 12 inches tall. The hole is six inches in diameter and located in the center of the board, nine inches from the top. Plywood is the only material recognized by the ACA as a playing surface. Professional-grade sets are very large and heavy. However, since they have a larger landing area than many portable sets, they make less skilled competitors look better than they really are.

Heavy Duty

This product is regulation-size for serious competitions. Tailgating Pros

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The large, flat surface of cornhole games make them easy to customize. In fact, many people buy cornhole sets in a neutral color and paint their team logo, family name, or some other scene on the board themselves, customizing the set in a cool, simple way. Some companies have entered into licensing agreements with college and professional sports teams to offer cornhole sets with team names and logos already in place. While most of these sets are wooden, regulation-sized sets that are quite heavy and somewhat difficult to transport, some manufacturers offer team cornhole sets in smaller sizes made specifically for tailgaters.