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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BOARDS, BAGS, & MORE

here’s what consumers need to be looking for when looking to purchase  a quality set of cornhole boards

Written by ryan, owner of the cornhole cave LLC

 

 

Part of the reason we got into the cornhole business is because, at one point, we were consumers ourselves and got burnt. $300 and 30 days later, we had ourselves a set of boards that the design was peeling/chipping up and 8 bags that were ruined after getting rained on once. On top of that the overall construction of the boards needed improving as bags were bouncing over the hole and the corners were sharp causing unneeded wear and tear on the pro set of bags I had just purchased. 

The #1 thing I would be looking for when purchasing a set of cornhole boards would be the specs of the cornhole set. You want to make sure you are purchasing a set according to the rules and regulations of the ACL/ACO. A summary of these is as follows: 1.) The top or deck should be 24×48 inches +/- 1/4 inch 2.) The hole should be inches +/- 1/8th inch 3.) The center of the hole should be 9 inches, +/- 1/8th inch, from the back edge of the board 4.)Board tops must have a minimum thickness of at least 1/2 inch 5.)Boards must have a weight of at least 15 lbs

The next thing to take into consideration is the material the boards are mode from. On the pro cornhole market, the industry standard is 3/4 inch Baltic Birch and nothing less. Baltic Birch contains minimal voids, is an extremely hard plywood, is dense, and contains 13, near perfect, ply layers to prevent warping. There is a reason residential remodeling companies use Baltic Birch on their cabinets when remodeling kitchens. People can say what they want, but if they are using an other plywood with any other thickness, I would be quick to question quality. 

After you have looked to see the materials being used for your cornhole set, the next question I would ask yourself is, “How are they getting the graphics onto my set?”. Well, there are two main ways to accomplish this in the cornhole industry, direct print and vinyl wraps. I am a huge advocate of direct printing over vinyl wraps for the following reasons: 1. Vinyl wraps tend to make for incredibly slick playing surfaces. 2. Vinyl wraps tend to peel, bubble, and chip once moisture has gotten under the “sticker”. 3. Direct printing is simply printing a UV curable ink directly, so your design is engrained into the wood surface. 4.  Since it is a UV curable ink, it is resistant to the UV rays put off by sunlight making it resistant to fading.

Next, is the corners or edges of the boards. All corners, edges, and holes should be properly rounded over during the manufacturing process to extend the life of the bags being thrown at it and it make life easier on the customer when handling.

Lastly, is the frame or under carraige of the boards. These vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but in general, all top quality board manufacturer incorporate at least one mid board support to increase stability and prevent warping. Also, look for a leg brace on the legs to increase strength and to keep bags from escaping out the backside of the set making them easier to pick up.

Happy shopping!

 

New to the Game? An Introduction to Speed Scales

Much like makes and models of automobiles, in the cornhole industry, there are many different manufacturers that make different series of bags.

While all pro bags are synthetic resin filled, they vary depending on shape. The materials used on each bag also vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and from series to series. These factors create contrasting differences between all of the bags that are currently on the market.

This is often reflected by using a “speed scale”. It is a general zero to ten scale. Zero being the most friction a certain material will make when it hits the board, aka the slow side of the bag. And, ten being the least amount of friction a material will create when sliding, aka the fast side of the bag. In general, the faster the bag is, the more hole friendly it is. But, also, the more difficult it is to control. In contrast, a slower bag may be a bit less hole friendly, but much easier to control!

It is up to you to decide what fits your playing style! A lower arching throw may call for a slower bag, while a higher arching throw may call for a faster bag! You will see on all of our pro bag listings will be speed ratings given by each manufacturer. The first number listed will be the speed rating for the fast side and the second number listed will be speed rating for the slow side. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to posting more content!

Corbin’s Cornhole Reviews

We are proud to announce our partnership with Corbin’s Cornhole Reviews. Corbin is a fellow cornhole addict and we wholeheartedly support what he is doing on his Youtube channel. Ever wanted an honest review before purchasing a new set of bags? New to the game? Or, ever just wanted to stay up to date with the new hottest bags on the market? Go no further than Corbin’s Cornhole Reviews on Youtube, you are guaranteed to learn something!

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