How to Play Cornhole: Rules, Tips, and Accessories

If you ever wondered how to play cornhole, you have come to the right place. Today, we will present you with the corn hole game rules and regulations. We will also talk about distancing, scoring, tips to play the game better, and some accessories you might need for a day full of fun with your friends and family. At the end of this guide, we will also let you in some cornhole game origin and history. But before we begin, let’s see what is cornhole!

What is the Cornhole Game?

Cornhole is a very popular lawn game where players take turns throwing bags filled with corn or beans at an elevated platform with a hole in it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Cornhole is a popular back yard game, something to do with the kids at home or something to turn into a challenge for your teens and their friends this summer. As you will soon see, corhnole has a league of its own, but for a family, playing this game with friends and neighbors is one surefire way to have some fun outdoors all warm-season long. Not that you could not play cornhole in winter, but it may be a bit uncomfortable.

This is not a kids-only game, you know. Adults play cornhole any chance they have. The game is so popular, it has its own accessories you can buy rather than DIY at home. Moreover, people started to take this game seriously enough to come up with the craziest team names possible. For reference and inspiration, check out our list of 60+ funny cornhole team names!


How to Play Cornhole



Throwing a bag through the hole on the platform gets 3 points and a bag that lands on the platform get 1 point. The first player or team to get to 21 points wins the round. You can play one round or best 2 out of 3. Cornhole is similar to the game of Horseshoes, except it is much safer and easier to set up. Horseshoes require sandpits, metal stakes, and heavy horseshoes. Cornhole uses soft bags filled with corn and portable wooden platforms making it a much safer and more popular choice for outdoor recreation.

The game has grown from humble beings into a very well known game with its own lingo and official leagues and associations all over the world. Cornhole can be played just about anywhere and by people of all ages. The only skill needed is the ability to accurately toss a bag 24-30 feet at a platform with a hole in it. You can move the platform in closer if kids are playing. This way you can involve the entire family.

Cornhole Game Accessories and Gear

As you could see above, the cornhole game does not need plenty of stuff. However, since everybody takes it very seriously, you might have the surprise of your life seeing your friends and neighbors sport fancy cornhole boards. So to keep up the pace with your competitors, here are some guides to buy the best cornhole accessories and gear:

Now that you jumped the bandwagon of cornhole fun and exquisite gear, let’s discuss the cornhole rules you need to know to play and win the game!

Cornhole Rules and Regulations


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The game of Cornhole is easy to set up and the rules are very simple to follow. There is some variation to the cornhole rules depending on who you ask. We will cover the basics and give you a general overview.

The only equipment required is two elevated platforms, two sets of bags, a scorecard, and two or four players. The bags come in sets of four and it is recommended that they are different colors for easy identification. Each bag is filled with dried corn or beans, measuring 6 x 6 inches and should weigh 14-16 ounces. It is recommended to use a heavy-duty material like double-stitched nylon or canvas. As you can see, cornhole bags are in a league of their own, you can’t just use any bag you find in the house, so it is better to get some from a specialized manufacturer.

The size of the wooden or plastic cornhole board is 2 feet wide x 4 feet long and has a 6-inch wide hole centered 9 inches from the top of the platform. It should have a smooth painted surface.

The platform is angled with the back edge of the board 12 inches above the ground and 3-4 inches from the ground at the front. This forms roughly a 90-degree angle. It is also recommended that the sides are enclosed. This makes it easier to tell if the bag actually goes through the hole instead of going through an open side of the platform. Cornhole boards are hard and tedious to make yourself, especially if you don’t have any carpentry skills, so it is easier, cheaper, and more efficient to buy some.

Now that you have all the items needed for playing let’s take a look at the rules more in depth.

Cornhole Distance Between Platforms/Boards

The playing area should be a minimum of 8 feet wide by 45 feet long. Facing the court in a North to South direction if possible is a good idea because it helps reduce the effects of the sun. Remember to keep the playing area clean and free from obstructions and distractions. A normal regulation court places the platforms anywhere from 24-30 feet apart from the front of one platform to the other.

Cornhole Distance for Children

The recommended cornhole distance for children and juniors is 21 feet. The imaginary line parallel to the front of the platforms is also the foul line that you cannot step over when tossing the bags. The bags may be tossed from either side of the platform in a 3 x 4-foot rectangle.

You must stay inside of this area while tossing the bag. You can choose to toss from either side but must stay on that side for the entire round. If you are playing doubles (remember to check out our 60+ cornhole team names for the fun of it) matches the players stand on both sides of the platform and alternate turns tossing the corn bags in the reglementary cornhole distance.

Cornhole Scoring


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The first person or team to score 21 points or more wins the round!

  • You do not need to win by 2 points or more as in some other games.
  • All players or teams must be allowed to finish pitching their 4 bags per inning. For example, if the player or team that pitches first reaches 21 points the other team must be allowed to finish the inning as well.
  • In the event of a tie, the players keep pitching 4 bags per inning until someone ends up with a higher score.
  • The player scores points by tossing the corn-filled bag at the platform. Tossing a bag through the circular hole on the platform is called a “Cornhole” or “Corn Bag In The Hole” and is worth 3 points.
  • A corn bag that comes to rest on the platform and is knocked through by another toss or an act of God also counts as “Corn Bag In The Hole” and is worth 3 points.
  • A corn bag that does not go through the hole but lands on the platform and remains in place throughout the inning is called an “Ace” or “Corn Bag In The Count” and is worth 1 point.

The bag must not touch the ground before landing on the platform or it is a foul and removed from play. If a corn bag is tossed and determined to be a foul while knocking off a bag that is resting on the platform that bag must be returned to its original position.

  • If the bag lands anywhere else not touching the platform it is called a foul or “Corn Bag Out Of The Count” and is not worth any points.
  • Another form of a foul is stepping over the line or out of the pitchers’ box. This is also called a “Corn Bag Out Of The Count” and is worth zero points.
  • Corn bags that do not land on the platform or go through the hole must be removed from the field of play and count for zero points. 

All corn bags except fouls must be left where they are thrown until the inning is over.

Other versions of the rules allow that one round to be won when one team scores anywhere from 7-11 points and the other team scores zero. This is known as a “Skunk” or “Shutout.”

Cancellation Scoring


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Typically, cornhole players use a method of counting scores per inning called cancellation scoring. There are a couple of different versions we will go over.

Cancellation Scoring Versions

In the first version of cancellation scoring, bags that are tossed through the hole or land on the platform are either cancelled out or added depending on what the opposing side tosses.

  • For example, if the first player or team tosses 1 bag through the hole and 2 on the platform totaling 5 points, and the second player or team only tosses 2 bags on the platform for two points, the 2 bags on the platform are canceled out for both teams and the first team gets to keep 3 points for the bag in the hole.
  • Another example would be if the first player or team only tosses 1 bag through the hole and the second player or team tosses 2 bags on the platform, no points would be cancelled out and the first side would receive 3 points for the bag in the hole and the second side would receive 2 points for the bags on the platform.

The other version of cancellation scoring works by adding up the scores for both sides and awarding the difference in points the side with the highest point total. An example of this version of cancellation scoring would be the first side scoring 7 points total and the second side scoring 5 points total. The winning side would be awarded the 2 point difference.

Playing the Corn Hole Game


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Cornhole can be played as either singles or doubles matches. When playing a double match, the four players split up into two teams. One member from each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other.

In singles play the contestants stand at the same platform and each one player may choose a specific side to toss from for the inning. You must only toss from one side per inning.

The players on opposing teams always alternate tossing. A cornhole match can break down into multiple rounds of play where you toss 4 bags per inning. 

Cornhole Rules: Winning and Losing

As mentioned before, the round is won when one side scores 21 points or more.

  • You have 20 seconds from the time you step into the pitcher’s box to toss the bag.
  • It is considered a foul if the toss is not delivered within 20 seconds of stepping into the box and you lose a turn.
  • If you step over the foul line or out of the pitcher’s box it is also a foul worth zero points and counts as a turn.
  • If the bag accidentally leaves the players’ hand during a toss it counts as a turn.

The player with the highest score in the previous inning pitches first in the next inning.

If no one scored in the previous inning, the team who previously pitched last will pitch first in the next inning. Each player or team is also allowed two timeouts per match. They may use this time out to walk up to the platform and examine the position of the bags on the platform.

How to Play Cornhole: Tips

It is recommended to use a highly visible scoreboard. This allows players to keep an eye on the scoring and make sure everything is correct at the end of the inning.

Any discrepancies in scoring or rules should be brought to the attention of the judge or person keeping score immediately.

Do not make distracting movements or noises during your opponents turn.

Perfecting the corn toss is crucial to becoming a great cornhole player. Learning to spin the corn bag while throwing will stabilize it and allow for a more accurate toss. It is also important to try and throw the bag so it arcs 5-10 feet above the ground. You want the bag to land on the platform at an angle to lessen the impact and stick in place when it lands.

Make sure the surface of your cornhole boards is sanded smooth and painted.

It is typically deemed acceptable to ask a teammate or spectator for advice on where to throw the next pitch. This is a good idea because there is a lot of strategy involved in the game of Cornhole.

The distance between boards dictates how hard it is. If you are having trouble scoring it may be a good idea to move the boards closer together.

During hot, dry weather the bags and surface may become very slick. You can either spray the bags with water to help them stick or bring the platforms closer together.

Find a comfortable stance for throwing that works well for you. Most people like to step forward with their opposite foot and then throw with their dominant hand. Others stand still and toss, while some step and throw with their dominant side. There is no right or wrong, just make sure it feels natural and relaxed.

When beginning don’t focus on trying to focus on throwing the bag through the hole every time. Instead focus on just tossing the bags on the platform and letting it slide through the hole or scoring points from a “Corn In The Count.”

Learn to master the 4 essential shots. The “Slider” is when you land the bag on the front of the board about six inches from the hole and let it slide through. The “Blocker” is when you land the bag in front of the hole to prevent your opponent from using the “Slider.” The “Push” is using your bag to either knock your opponent’s bag out of the way or to nudge a previous toss on the platform through the hole. The final and hardest shot to master is the “Cornhole.” This is when you toss your bag straight through the hole.

Origins of Cornhole

There are many theories on the origin of Cornhole. Some people say the game originated way back in the 14th century in Germany. Others say the game was created when the Blackhawk Indian Tribe of Illinois filled up animals skins with dried corn and tossed them around. On a previous occasion, we also mentioned that

gained popularity during a pre-game tailgate party in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Some theories even point to a Kentucky farmer making a game out of throwing dried corn cobs into a trash can in the 1800s. No matter who invented it, the game today is one of the most popular and exciting outdoor activities for people of all ages!

How to Play Cornhole: Bottom Line

We hope that we were clear in explaining the cornhole rules and cornhole distance, among other regulations. As you saw, it is a rather simple game, although it takes some practice.

You should now be equipped with all the information you need to know how to play cornhole. Make sure you check out our list of best cornhole board wraps, board, unfinished boards, and bags!

If you have other tips and tricks on how to play cornhole and win, let us know in the comment section below! We would love to hear from you, especially if you played the game and gained some experience with it!

21 Fun Campfire Games to Try this Year with Your Adult Friends

Ah, summer and fall evenings by the campfire – there’s just nothing like it. Gathering around a campfire to play campfire games with friends and family is just one of the simple pleasures to look forward to as an escape to our everyday lives. Those precious times around the campfire where we do not have to think about everyday stress (paying the bills, cleaning the house, and running with kids) are times to treasure with people we care about. It’s an easy way to relax, reflect, and reconnect with the people and world around you.

Aside from an escape from everyday life, times around the campfire are times to be enjoyed. Drinks, food, and fun are always high on the list of things to do as we sit around the campfire. Other than eating or drinking, try some of these fun games for adults we listed below at your next campfire gathering!

When it comes to some of the best campfire games when you are in a group of adults, remember the general rules of having a good time: everybody should be willing to play, the questions you ask during a Get to Know You Game, a Never Have I Ever Game or 20 Questions should be in good taste, and everyone has to have fun. Keep in mind that there are some campfire drinking games for adults to try during a laidback vacation, together with campfire games for kids that adults should try when there is no alcohol present.

In fact, why don’t you check out our ultimate guide of fun things to do with the kids during the 2020 lockdown, maybe you get some inspiration for the next holiday trip with the children!

Fun Adult Activities: Best Campfire Games to Try this Year

Five Daily Facts

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While this sounds simple at first, it can get harder based on how tired or inebriated the players are. All players start by listing five facts of their day (Examples: “Today, I swam,” “I got a new car today,” or “My phone rang today.”), they can be silly or normal – it doesn’t matter.  After everyone has said their five facts, Player 1 would state a different fact than one of the five they had already listed. The goal is to see how many facts about each player can be remembered as you go down the line. This is a very useful game to play for memory but you should expect lots of laughs in case there were a couple of beers per person included in the equation.

Mafia/Werewolf

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Mafia is one of the most fun games for adults that anyone can play around the campfire – even if it is the first time for some members of the group. This game can handle anywhere from 6-16 players, so it’s good for small and large groups. The only equipment needed is a deck of cards. One person must serve as the neutral moderator, but everyone else is split into two teams: The Honest or The Mafia. Check out the complete mafia game rules. Mafia/Werewolf is one of the best icebreaker games for teambuilding and mixed groups where not all members of a group know each other. While it does not reveal personal information about people – like a game of Never Have I Ever or a Get to Know You types of games –  it makes a fun and challenging way of people bonding over the same “cause.”

Truth or Dare

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Next on our list of best campfire games to try this year is Truth or Dare. This is a classic game that can be played by all ages. One player asks another “Truth or Dare?” The asked player chooses whether they want to answer a truth question or complete a dare. If the asked player does not complete their truth or dare, they have to pay some sort of penalty. Perhaps taking another drink, putting a dollar in a jar, and so on. There are many variations of this game to make it as clean or risqué as players would like. For inspiration and amusement, check out our full guide of 300+ Truth or Dare game questions to ask your friends (old and new) around the campfire during this year’s summer holiday.

Twenty Questions

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Another standard game that most people have played at one point or another is 20 Questions. It is one of the best campfire games to play with adults but also teenagers because of its versatility and high level of entertainment. In fact, you will find the 20 Questions game listed on almost all respectable lists of challenges to do with teenagers or indoor team building icebreakers and exercises. Traditionally, one player (considered the “answerer”) selects an object (or a famous person) and does not share who/what that is with the other players. All other players are the “guessers/question-askers.” The guessers must take turns asking yes or no questions of the answerer. If one of the guessers figures out what the answerer is talking about, they will become the answerer next round. If 20 questions pass and no players have figured out what the object is, the answerer gets to choose another object in the next round since they have stumped the other players. The biggest rule: no lying allowed.

Crazy Balloon Popping

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This game requires a little prep, but it’s a fun take on musical chairs. Write down a bunch of crazy actions on small strips of paper (like “thump on your chest like a gorilla” or “yodel”) and put each strip of paper in a different balloon then inflate them all. Turn on some music and pass the balloons from person to person. Once the music stops, all players sit on their balloons and once the balloon pops, the player must do the crazy action from their popped balloon. Keep playing until all the balloons have been popped. You can adapt this activity into one of those campfire games for kids to try in summer camp if you are a teacher or in your back yard if you are a parent. Either way, balloon popping will always be fun at any age, so get your hands on a stock of fun balloons and turn it into an outdoor challenge for kids and teenagers!


Make Me Laugh

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The classic staredown game that you surely played (even if you did not know how it was called) is next on our list of easy campfire games! This one can be trickier to play as it gets darker and darker outside. Players face-off and the first player to laugh is the loser. See how long it takes the most serious people to crack! You can make them laugh by telling them jokes, making faces, asking them the craziest questions, and so on. It doesn’t matter much what method you use as long as you keep the “opponent” laughing.

Name That Tune

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This campfire game has variations, but having each person “sing” their song could be much more fun. One person sings or plays their song and then the rest of the group guesses based on what they’ve heard. You heard about some variation of this group activity when we described the best texting games for people to enjoy from a safe social distance. However, if you go on a trip and campfire is a thing, you have to play this game in person so to speak. Keep in mind that is is also one of those hilarious campfire drinking games that remains memorable for all its members.

I Can Tap This Stick Just Right

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This game doesn’t require a stick! You can use a pencil, a fork, a bat, or any other item that you have around at the campfire. There’s one person who is in the know and they always start with CLEARING THEIR THROAT and saying “I can tap this stick just right,” then the object is passed to the next person to tap just right. It doesn’t really matter how the stick is tapped, the trick is in the clearing of the throat first. Players are watching how the object is tapped, it’s location, how it’s held, and may not necessarily catch the clearing of the throat first. The playing continues until everyone catches on about the throat-clearing as part of the process.

The Winking Assassin / Murder

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This fun campfire game for adults is particularly entertaining, especially for people who use their whole faces to wink! One neutral moderator secretly selects an assassin. After they are selected, everyone mingles around while making sure to look in the eyes of the other players. The assassin’s goal is to wink at the other players to kill them off without being detected. As players are winked at, they must re-enact a horrifying death where they are and they are out for the rest of the round. If a living person thinks they know who the assassin is, they can point and accuse! If they accuse wrong, they are dead for the round. The play continues until only the killer or one player remains. This is another game with many variations that’s great for adults or kids and teens. However, for this game to be as entertaining as it sounds, you need a large group, preferably over 8 people. It doesn’t work that well when four people are looking at each other intensely, waiting for someone to blink.

Hide and Go Scare

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Next on our list of best campfire games to play with your friends this summer vacation is “Hide and Go Scare!” This is exactly what it sounds like! Think of ‘Hide & Go Seek,’ but at night. Use the areas around your campfire to hide out and scare other unsuspecting players. Make sure you do not turn this one into a campfire drinking game, as people can get lost and accidents are not impossible in inebriated states. It is better to be safe.


Charades

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Most people have played this fun game for adults at one point or another, but in the dark around a campfire can bring in some unique interpretations. Charades is by far one of the most popular party games, family games, and group games of all time. You can even theme it, drawing your inspiration from the cinema world, pop culture, famous historical figures, and so on. You can play charades on any occasion, from the lockdown to team buildings, as a backyard summertime activity with the family, or as a newlywed game.

Two Truths and a Lie

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Usually an icebreaker game for team members who need to know each other better, this campfire game is quite versatile. It is also fun to play when you want to know more about the other friends playing the game! Each person says three statements – two truths and one lie. Everyone else has to guess the false statement. This is a great drinking campfire game – just don’t overdo it! The person who doesn’t guess which statement is the lie should drink a shot.

ABC Name Game

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A player begins the game by saying the full name of a celebrity and the next player has thirty seconds to name another celebrity using the first letter of the mentioned celebrity’s last name. Example: The first player says “Tom Selleck” and then the second player says “Scarlett Johansson.” The third player could say “Jennifer Lawrence.” The play continues as such for three rounds. Here is a fun spin on the rules: if a person says a celebrity whose first and last name start with the same letter (like January Jones), switch direction of the play. The winner is the player with the most names after three rounds!

There Once Was a Skunk

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This is a story game that can get pretty silly! The first person begins the story with “There once was a skunk who…” and finishes that sentence however they choose. Then, they randomly choose and point to the next person who starts their sentence with “Fortunately…” When that person finishes their sentence, they randomly choose and point to the next person who must start their sentence with “Unfortunately…” and once they complete their sentence, they pick a person who starts their sentence with “Fortunately…” and alternating for as long as the players can continue the story.

Telephone

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Playing this familiar game always warrants a few good laughs! One person whispers a phrase to the person on their right. That person whispers the phrase to the person on their right, and that sequence goes on down the line or around the circle. The last person to hear the phrase says it aloud – no matter how crazy it sounds! It’s funny to hear how much the phrase changes from person to person. This is a game we all played in childhood and it is always one of those nostalgia games to come back to when you run out of ideas, especially if you have to spend time inside the house. However, as adult campfire games go, it also works great if you run out of ideas on campfire drinking games too. The results are usually hilarious.

Who Am I?

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This is one of my favorite campfire games for adults. Celebrities, historical figures, or superheroes make a great theme for this game! After you’ve chosen a theme, have each player write down the name of a person who belongs to that category. There are many variations on how this game is played. Check out the detailed Who Am I instructions.

Stand Up & Shout!

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This game could get really hard to play as the night comes on, but that might add to the fun! Count up the number of people in your group and remember that! Everyone can sit around the campfire and any player can start. Each player can shout only one number, but they must stand up when they shout it out. Though numbers must be shouted in order, there is no assigned order around the campfire – anyone can shout out a number at any time. The big problem, you can’t call out a number that someone else is also trying to call out. If you do, you’re out of the game. Playing gets more frantic as you go since players don’t want to get caught calling out the last number. As more and more people try to call out numbers, there will be lots of opportunities to be eliminated. You may not even get to the last number!


Glow in the Dark Frisbee

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As long as the frisbee doesn’t land in the fire, this is fun! There are many glow in the dark frisbee’s on the market. You can try playing it as a fun campfire game for kids as well.

Marshmallow Mystery

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This is less of a game, but rather a fun activity to just see just how many times you can roast a crust around a marshmallow until there is nothing left.

Would You Rather…

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Next on our list of fun campfire games for adults is a classic game that gets everyone talking. Take turns asking “Would you rather…?” style questions. Example: Would you rather walk on broken glass or eat a piece of metal? The questions can be ridiculous or serious.

Go Off, Throw Your Shoe

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This game is extremely silly, but fun to try. The goal is to sit and balance a shoe on your toes, then kick it backward over your head (and NOT into the fire). The person whose shoe has gone the farthest wins!

Final Thoughts on Campfire Games

Grab your friends and family and head out to your nearest burn pit and test our campfire fun games! Try out some of these other campfire games for adults and enjoy some great company and memorable laughs!

Don’t forget to stay safe, drink responsibly, and adapt all these games so you can also play them with your children and other people as well! After all, summer vacations are the best moments to bond with your kids, get closer to other family members, or make new friends while on holiday.

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What Do the Numbers on Disc Golf Discs Mean? How to Decipher the Digits

According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), around 500,000 of us play disc golf in the United States. With that many people out there, we thought it was time to drop some knowledge for the newbs. Today, let’s answer the question, “What do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?”

Disc golf is for everyone, and there’s no better way to get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air. Now, let’s gain some knowledge.

What Do the Numbers on Disc Golf Discs Mean?

Let’s jump right in and start to answer the question, “what do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?” The short answer is that the numbers indicate several different things that are important to a golfer — the speed, glide, turn, and fade of the disc.

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Unlike ball golf, there are several different types of discs used for various purposes. When you’re shopping for discs, you will see drivers, putters, and mid-range fliers on the shelf. Drivers and mid-range discs will usually have number rankings.

Terminology

Before we begin, we’re going to briefly go over a few terms that may be new to some of you.

  • Stability: describes the disc’s flight path
  • Understable: a disc that tends to turn right while in flight (with a right-handed backhand throw RHBH)
  • Stable: the disc’s flight will not turn
  • Overstable: refers to a disc that will turn left while in flight (with a RHBH throw)
  • Right-hand backhand throw: the traditional throw used by disc golfers (along with forehand and putting)

Disc Manufacturers and Numbering Systems

Different disc manufacturers use different numbering systems. So, at this point, to answer the question, “What to the numbers on disc gold discs mean?” we’re going to have to break it all down.

The four-number system

For the most part, the majority of the discs you’re going to find will use the four-number system. The numbers are usually printed right on the front of the disc going in order from left to right. They stand for speed, glide, turn, and fade.

Speed

The first number stands for speed and will be anything from 1 to 14. This number indicates the rate at which that disc will fly through the air. The higher the number, the faster the disc.

Before you assume, though, that you should grab the fastest disc, that’s not always the case. High-speed discs can be very hard to control.

Glide

The second number from the left will be a 1 through 7, and it indicates how the disc will glide. Glide is the disc’s ability to maintain height during flight.

If you want a ton of distance from a disc, you want one with a higher glide number. Also, discs with more glide are great for people new to the game. If, however, you’re a seasoned player, a disc with less glide will be more accurate in high-wind situations.

Turn

The third number from the left will be a +1 through -5, and it indicates how much the disc will turn while in flight — it’s also sometimes called high-speed stability (HSS). The turn number is the amount the disc will curve immediately after you let go of it.

Generally speaking, when you throw a disc using a RHBH, a rating of +1 means the disc will immediately veer to the left (overstable). A score of 0 means that the disc is stable and should fly in a straight line. And a disc with a negative number means it will start turning to the right.

A disc with a rating of -3 is going to turn a lot more than a disc with a score of -1. Discs rated -3 to -5 tend to be great rollers. A roller is a disc that will turn 90 degrees in the air and land on its side and roll for more distance — which can be very useful depending on the terrain.

Fade

The fourth number on the disc shows how much it is going to fade — otherwise known as low-speed stability. And the amount will be 0 through 5. Now, while the turn indicates how much the disc rotates when it leaves your hand, the fade is all about what the disc does towards the end of its flight.

As a disc slows towards the end of the flight, it tends to curve back in the opposite direction from which it was going before. A 0 in this box means that this disc will fly in a straight path. However, a rating of 6 will mean that your disc will have quite a hook as it slows.

The Vibram system

The number system Vibram uses on their discs is similar to the four-number system with some tweaks. You still have speed, turn, and fade ratings; however, they are on a different scale.

So, the speed rating on a Vibram disc is how fast in miles per hour (MPH) the disc has to fly to achieve the desired flight path. The turn and fade ratings are both on a scale from 0 to 30. A 0 rating means the disc has no flip or turn, while a 30 rating will give you the sharpest angle possible.

Vibram just added a new feature to its discs. On some of them, you will find the expected flight path, when thrown correctly, of course, engraved right on the back.

The Discraft system

Finally, we are finishing up our long answer to the question, “What do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?” with the Discraft system. If you get a disc from Discraft, it will only have one number rating. This ranking pertains to the stability of the disc, and it ranges from -3 to +3.

A disc with a 0 rating is stable. A disc with a ranking of -1 will be understable and bank slightly to the right while one with a -3 will be more severe. A rating with a positive number will be overstable and bank to the left.

Now Get out There and Crush Some Chains

And there you have it, folks, the answer to the question, “what do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?” Remember, everyone has a different throwing style.

Disc golf discs never behave the same from person to person. As you learn and grow as a golfer, pay attention to the numbers on your favorite discs and how that translates to what’s happening for you.

What’s your favorite disc in your bag right now? Tell us about it in the comments. For a list of our favorites, click here.

Best Unfinished Cornhole Boards

5 Best Unfinished Cornhole Boards

Originally created in the southern part of Ohio, cornhole has become a popular game for many people. A friendly game of cornhole is always welcome at a family picnic or tailgate party, and is enjoyed in competition throughout the nation.

Some people refer to this game simply as bean bag toss, doghouse, Baggo or bags. In any case, the game is played the same by tossing bean bags, sometimes filled with other materials, toward the raised platform at the other end of the playing field. The players aim for the hole that is located on the top of the board, hoping to receive points for making it through. Points are also received for landing on the board and for pushing opponents off the board.

Not only is corn hole a fun and entertaining party game, but it has also become very popular with people who enjoy creating, and making do-it-yourself custom gifts and crafts.

Imagine being able to custom create a special gift for the newlyweds, or make it a unique gift for your brother who already has everything under the sun. Create boards for yourself to show off your favorite sports team, or decorate them to show pride in your state.

You too can hop on the bandwagon and create your own cornhole set. Most of the sets already come assembled with the legs attached, and some even include the beanbags. You can purchase an unfinished set that is ready for paint, and with your special touch, you can personalize it to your own taste.

Some boards may require very little work to prepare them, while others may require extra preparation, but no matter how much, or how little work you want to do, you can find the boards that are right for you.

The following is a list of the 5 best unfinished cornhole boards for you to consider:

Non-Painted Corn Hole Boards Unfinished Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game White Primered Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game Go Sports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set Backyard Champs Standard Wood Cornhole & Bean Bag Set
ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
Includes: 8 bags Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag Includes: 8 premium all weather bags with totebag Includes: 8 official ACA regulation bags
Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs
Non-painted for custimization Finished, sanded and ready to paint Primered but needs sanded, painted and sealed Varnished wood surfaced can be painted Sanded and ready for paint
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  • Non-Painted Corn Hole Boards
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 bags
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Non-painted for custimization
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  • Unfinished Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Finished, sanded and ready to paint
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  • White Primered Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Primered but needs sanded, painted and sealed
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  • Go Sports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 premium all weather bags with totebag
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Varnished wood surfaced can be painted
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  • Plain Unfinished Non-Painted CORNHOLE BOARDS SET Bean Bag Toss Game
  • 44″x28″
  • Includes: 8 official ACA regulation bags
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Sanded and ready for paint
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Non Painted Corn Hole Boards

1These non-painted cornhole boards are made in the U.S.A from high quality, half inch plywood and premium 2×4’s, and are completely assembled with the legs already attached.

These boards come in the standard ACA size of 24×48 inches, and you can choose your own matching colors of bean bags, made from duck cloth, to match the finished boards.

While these boards may be the lowest in cost, the quality and rating are both on the top of the high standards list.

Buy these boards and customize them for your own backyard competition, or take them along to your next tailgating event.

Pros:

  • Lowest priced set
  • Standard ACA size
  • Can choose your own colors for the included bean bags

Cons:

  • May be a little heavier to transport

Unfinished Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game

2Already sanded and finished, this cornhole bean bag toss game is ready for the competition, all you need to do is add your own paint and designs.

This set meets the official ACA regulation size and is made with quality ½ inch thick plywood and premium 2×4 folding legs and frame.

A set of eight bean bags are included with a convenient string carrying bag to store them.

Everything you need to get the competition started is included, so after you make the purchase, you can customize it and give it as a gift, or start playing in your backyard right away.

Pros:

  • Lower priced
  • Standard ACA size
  • Set of eight bean bags included with carrying bag for storage

Cons:

  • May be a little heavier to transport

White Primered Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game

3This is another high quality set that is made in the U.S.A.

Enjoy this official regulation size cornhole game made from cabinet grade ½ inch birch plywood and premium grade 2×4 legs and frame.

Fully assembled with the folding legs attached, this set will need to be sanded, painted and sealed before enjoying a fun neighborhood game in the backyard.

The set is complete with eight bean bags that conveniently store in the provided stringed tote.

Pros:

  • ACA regulation size
  • Includes bean bags plus a convenient string carrying tote

Cons:

  • Higher priced

GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set

4This lightweight set is crafted from high quality 100% wood and is built to the standard ACA regulation size.

Completely assembled with the retractable legs already attached, this set is complete with varnished wood, and can easily be painted or customized with stickers and decals to suit your personality.

The lightweight body of this set makes it the easiest to carry and transport for travel.

The cornhole bags that are included with this set are not made with the traditional fillings, but instead they are filled with recycled plastic pellets, making these the ultimate all weather bags!

This set was positively designed with the consumer in mind.

Pros:

  • ACA regulation size
  • Lighter in weight for easier travel
  • Includes eight all weather bean bags plus a convenient carrying tote bag

Cons:

  • One of the highest in price

Backyard Champs Standard Wood Cornhole & Bean Bag Set

Backyard Champs Standard Wood Cornhole & Bean BagThis cornhole set’s frames are hand-crafted with sturdy New Zealand Pine, making in more of an investment as it will last your for years to come. As for the playing surface, it’s made from finely sanded smooth poplar multi-layer plywood. You can leave it as it is, or apply paint or designs to personalize the look.

Besides the regulation-size boards, the set also includes eight regulation bean bags, so you can start playing right from the bat. Every corner of the boards is reinforced with solid wood braces, wooden dowel fasteners and industrial adhesive.

Plus, the legs feature professional grade fasteners and hide-away inside the frame for easy storage. All in all, this is a solid choice when it comes to unfinished cornhole boards, ensuring endless fun for the entire family.

Pros:

  • Regulation-size
  • Hide-away feet
  • Includes eight official ACA regulation bean bags

Cons:

  • Not weather-proof

Choose one of these 5 best unfinished cornhole boards, and get your game started right away!

Best Cornhole Trophies

The 5 Best Cornhole Trophies

About the game of Cornhole

Summer is right around the corner and everyone loves a good yard party. The game of Cornhole has fast become one of the most popular and exciting games for your backyard get together, birthday party, graduation, BBQ, and much more. It is great because everyone from young to old can play. The games popularity has grown so much that there are official even cornhole leagues and tournaments with very serious players. The game of cornhole is fairly simple and played with two sets of bags and two cornhole boards. You can have a single players or two-person team in match style or tournament play. The players take turns throwing bag filled with corn or beans at an angled platform with a 6” hole centered 9 inches from the top of the platform. The platforms are usually placed 33 feet apart. You can also bring them closer together if young children are playing or your space is too small. Each player gets to toss 4 bags in an inning from either side of the platform. You cannot cross foul line when tossing your bag. The foul line is the front of the platform on your side. You can throw from either the right or left side, but you must stay on that side throughout the inning. Points are scored by tossing the bag through the hole at the back of the platform (3 points) or landing on the platform (1 point). The match is won when you reach 21 points or more. Cornhole has grown from humble beginnings of throwing corn cobs in trash cans to the worldwide known version of the game we play today.

Why trophies for your Cornhole tournament are a great idea

Rewarding both winners and losers with creative trophies will make your event even more fun and exciting! It will also give your cornhole event a professional feel. Humans are very competitive by nature. Everyone likes to win prizes to commemorate their great performance. You also don’t want to just reward the good performances. Show your humor with a hilarious loser styled trophy to give out for the worst performance. Trophies make great keepsakes for everyone who was involved to remember the day for many years to come.

Choosing the correct Cornhole trophy

Customized trophies for both the winners and losers are a great and fun idea. The ultra competitive types of people will go all out to win the champion trophy. The more casual type of players who are just there to have fun will love the humor of getting a loser trophy for finishing in last place too. There are a wide variety of trophies and styles available. We are going to take a look at many different types and designs from classic style trophies to funny toilet bowl shaped loser trophies. All the trophies we are taking a look at also come with custom engraving. This really gives a personal touch to remember your event. We are now going to take a look at some of the most creative and best cornhole trophies available for your tournament.

  • Cornhole Monster Trophy
  • Height: 6.75 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs
  • Amount: 1
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  • Cornhole Toilet Trophy
  • Height: 5 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs
  • Amount: 1
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  • Express Medals Cornhole Trophy
  • Height: 6 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: N/A
  • Amount: 1
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  • Cornhole Cup Trim Trophy
  • Height: 6 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Amount: 1
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  • 3-D Cornhole / Corn Toss Trophy
  • Height: 5 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Amount: 1
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1) Cornhole Monster Champion Trophy

The go to trophy for the ultimate cornhole master. This 6.75” tall trophy is made of high quality resin and features solid construction. It has a clever and funny design that shows a muscular “cornhole champion” ripping his shirt off and standing on top of a cornhole platform. It also includes a gold plate attached to the base of the trophy with 3 lines of custom text. The custom engraving adds a great personal touch to commemorate the occasion.  In addition to being a great trophy for the winner of your cornhole event it also makes a great gift at office parties, graduations, and more.

2) Cornhole Last Place Toilet Trophy

This trophy is the exact opposite of the cornhole “Monster Champion” trophy. This is the perfect trophy for last place and recognizing the most horrible performance in your tournament. It is made of high quality resin and shows a hilarious toilet with a cornhole platform on the toilet lid. Everyone will get a laugh of out this trophy and be competing for last place. The trophy also comes with a 3 lines of custom text engraved onto a gold plate attached to the base of the trophy.

3) Express Medals Cornhole Trophy

best cornhole trophies

This is an excellent trophy for the winner of a cornhole tournament that they will treasure for years to come. It is a 6-inch trophy that includes a removable, wearable silicone “champion” wristband with a trophy image on it. This way, the winner can show off their victory wherever they are.

This is a free-standing trophy that includes a 2-inch color logo in the center of it, which is customizable. There are also three lines of custom black laser text on a gold color plate at the bottom of the trophy.

Whether you give this to the cornhole winner to keep forever, or you pass it down from year to year, this trophy is sure to stand the test of time.

4) Cornhole Cup Trim Trophy

The classic trophy design makes this a great traditional pick for your event.  It features a golden cornhole figurine on top of a 6” column and a solid marble base. High quality design and construction means it will last a lifetime. You also get 3 lines of custom engraved text and can choose from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  This is a great trophy for awarding more than just winners and losers.

5) 3-D Cornhole / Corn Toss Award

This 5” tall trophy features a corn toss in motion on a circular trophy. It makes a very classy looking trophy for your cornhole tournament that everyone will be trying to win. It is made from a high quality heavy resin casting with an extra large sized area for custom engraving.

As you can see there are a wide variety of trophies to choose from. We have run down just about any type you could possibly need for your event. Thanks for looking and good luck. May the best cornhole tosser win!

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Best Cornhole Bags

5 of the Best Cornhole Bags

Cornhole is a fun and competitive lawn game that gained popularity during a pre-game tailgate party in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The game has simple rules, it doesn’t require a lot of equipment, and it is a great way to teach young players how to cooperate in a team sport.

The game has grown throughout the country and it is never a surprise to see a competitive game during a family reunion, at the backyard pool party, on the beach, and yes, at the ever-popular tailgate party.

The game is compact and easy for travel, and the best part is that there is no special court or platform that is required. It can be played in the grass, sand, or concrete, and it only requires two wooden boards, a set of eight bags, and two teams of two to four people (checkout our list of 67 cornhole team names).

You can purchase everything you need for a reasonable amount of money, and the boards have become a popular craft.

It is fun to play the game, but it is also fun to choose the equipment you want to play with. You can purchase bags to match the boards, and create fun themes.

The following list is packed with options of some of the best cornhole bags you can buy.

Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 4) by SC Cornhole:: Choose Your Colors Cornhole Bags Set – 4 Burgundy & 4 Gold (Dark Gold) 8 Standard Corn-Filled Regulation 6″x6″ Duck Cloth Cornhole Bags (choose your colors) Free Donkey Sports® Regulation Cornhole Bags (Set of 8) Stars and Stripes Premium Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 8) By Cornhole Galaxy 
Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6
Made with Duck Canvas Made with Duck Cloth Made with Duck Cloth Made with 100% Cotton Canvas Made with Duck Cloth
Filled With: Blend of Recycled Plastic Filled With: Whole Feed Corn Filled With: Whole Feed Corn Filled With: Whole Kernel Corn Filled With: Plastic Pellets
Colors: 10 Choices Colors: Burgundy and Gold Colors: 40 Choices Colors: Flag Theme Colors: 17 Choices
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Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 4) by SC Cornhole

Built to withstand tough throws, these are regulation size cornhole bags.

These 6×6 bags are made with a durable duck canvas that blankets 14-16-ounces of blended recycled plastic.

They are weather resistant so you will never have to worry about the kids leaving them out in the rain, and because they are filled with plastic, the rodents will not tear into them while they are stored in the shed.

With these bags, you have the option to choose from any of the ten color choices, giving you the option of matching your bags with your boards.

Johnson Enterprises, LLC 8 Standard Corn Filled Regulation Duck Cloth Cornhole Bags

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Each set of these cornhole bags comes with eight regulation cornhole bags; four of each color. Each bag is 6 inches by 6 inches and filled with 15 to 16 ounces of whole kernel corn, per ACA Regulations.

These cornhole bags are incredibly durable, as they are made with heavy-duty 12-ounce duck canvas. This is double-stitched for extra durability. They’re tough enough to use on any playing surface.

There are dozens of color options to choose from, as well as a few patterns. If you’re looking for a color option that isn’t listed, then you can choose their custom color option. Plus, all bags are 100 percent made in the USA!

There is a 1-year warranty on these cornhole bags, and they will replace yours in the case of stitching failure.

8 Standard Corn-Filled Regulation 6″x6″ Duck Cloth Cornhole Bags

You can choose from forty different colors with these cornhole bags, so if you hone the craft of making the boards or if you just like a variety, then this would be a wise choice to make.

These 6×6 high-quality bags are made from duck cloth and stuffed with 15-16-ounces of whole feed corn.

The bags come in a set of eight with four of one color and four of the other.

Grab some friends and get ready to win with these bags in your hand!

Free Donkey Sports® Regulation Cornhole Bags (Set of 8) Stars and Stripes

Celebrate the 4th of July with a bang this year by adding these cornhole bags to the party!

These bags are covered with a 100% sturdy cotton canvas, they are filled with whole kernel corn and meet all the standard regulations.

Handmade in the USA, these bags are stitched with high quality to assure they will stand up against a competitive fight.

They come in a set of eight with four of them designed with the stars and the other four are designed with the stripes.

Premium Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 8)

If you are looking for replacement bags for those old worn out ones, these high-quality bags are just what you need.

This set of eight, 6×6 cornhole bags are covered with duck cloth and double stitched for added durability.

Although they fill as though they are stuffed with corn, they are stuffed with 15-16-ounces of plastic pellets, making these bags weather resistant.

Choose from any of the seventeen color choices and match the theme of your cornhole board.

There you have it, some of the best cornhole bags. Need cornhole boards or cornhole wraps? Make sure to check out our other pages.

Best Cornhole Wraps

11 Best Cornhole Wraps

If you already own a cornhole board and are interested in a new look for it, the good news is that there are tons of decals to choose from in all sorts of gorgeous designs. The bad news is that finding just what you want can be tricky, especially if you’re browsing ideas. Decals exist that feature nearly everything, including professions, sports teams, bands, landscapes, animals and more.

We bring you a list of the best 11 cornhole board wraps so you can find what it is you want for a great price. So if you aren’t sure where to start, we hope this will give you an excellent starting point toward rewrapping your board and making it look brand new, all over again.

Wave Cornhole Decal Wrap Set

The first decal on our list offers a beautiful photograph of an ocean wave, as if you were on a surfboard and enjoying the water yourself. The picture on the decal is vivid and bright, thanks to the use of Eco-Solvent inks. This particular wrap comes with a set of two, so you can switch out both of your cornhole boards at the same time. The decal is weatherproof and laminated, with the company promising that the application will last seven or more years. The wave wrap applies quickly and easily by use of a polyacrylic finish. It also comes with instructions and a squeegee for application.

Buckeye Nation Buck Cornhole Wrap Set

This set of wraps comes from Buckeye Nation and is made entirely in the United States. The wrap itself features a buck deer, along with a forest background and some bright colors to make things pop. The actual wrap is made from a high-quality vinyl and is designed to be easy to apply. Along with the rural decals, you will also receive transfer tape which makes it easy for installation. It does not come with instructions. However, many sites explain how to apply them, so it won’t be hard, even if you have never worked with cornhole board wraps before.

Anne Stokes Pirate Skull Vinyl Wrap

Anne Stokes Pirate SkullIf you’re a fan of pirates, this pirate skull vinyl wrap is an excellent choice for your cornhole board. The design was created by Anne Stokes, a fantasy artist known for coming up with lifelike interpretations of fantasy subjects. Clearly, this skull is no exception. As for the wrap itself, the material is high-quality and easy to apply. The only downside is that you will have to cut the hole yourself. As a fun bonus, your package will include an adhesive dry erase scoreboard and one dry erase marker. You can install the scoreboard on the side or front of the game board for easy access.

Checkered Flag Cornhole Wrap Set

Number four on our list is a wrap made for the aspiring auto racer or the many fans of the sport. The wrap offers a checkered flag image, made to fit regulation boards, on high-quality vinyl which is similar to the type used on race cars, themselves. This particular wrap set is made in the USA and is designed to be easy for a beginner to install. It comes with transfer tape, as well, which contributes to this ease. Anyone looking for a new decal can easily install this decal set, whether new to applying vinyl or otherwise.

2 Piece Trust Me Cornhole Decal Set

The two piece trust me cornhole decal set is a bit different from other offerings on our list. This set offers two distinct stickers, one for each cornhole board. One is bright yellow and says “trust me,” with a bearded face around the hole. The other is very similar, but the words read “I have a beard” and the background is a bright green color. These decals are peel and stick decals, which are super easy to install. You peel the backing, put it on, and go to enjoy a game.

Firefighter Cornhole Wrap Set

For those who are firefighters, appreciate firefighters, or are otherwise interested in the profession, this is the board wrap for you. It features a beautiful image of a firefighter symbol over the fire, with a background that draws the whole thing together. It does come with two wraps so that you can use it on both of your boards. It is also made in the United States, for those who prefer that. This product uses UV protected inks that will resist fading from the sun and are printed onto professional vinyl. You also receive transfer tape to apply the wrap more quickly.

American Flag Distressed Cornhole Decal Wrap Set

Our next decal choice offers a graphic of the American flag, which looks as if it’s printed onto distressed wood. It applies directly to your cornhole board and provides a polyacrylic coating finish that helps weatherproof the design and ensures it does not fade over time. The wrap is made to be a bit large so that you can cover the edges. It also comes with instructions to help you apply the decal, as well as a squeegee. You do not need any lacquer or sealant and can immediately use the board after applying.

Open Fire Game Board Skin Kit

This cornhole board wrap set comes with two decals, one for each of your boards. These are designed for the do it yourselfer, the company suggests adding a clear coating after applying. The graphic consists of a fire that is burning out of control and is very bright and vibrant. These wraps are printed with UV protected inks which make the vinyl unlikely to fade for several years. They are made to measure 25 inches by 49 inches, so you have a little bit of a margin for air when applying the decals. Open fire decals are also made in the United States.

U.S. Army Star Camo Cornhole Wrap Set

This decal set is made in the United States and features a graphic with the U.S. Army star logo, along with a camouflage background. The wrap is made out of high-quality vinyl and comes with transfer tape for easy installation. These wraps are made for regulation sets, and the hole is not cut out. This offers you the chance to do proper trimming based on your particular cornhole board. For an individual in the Army or those who have family members in the service, this wrap allows you to show some pride and appreciation while playing your favorite game.

Beach Palm Tree Cornhole Wrap Decal

If you’re dreaming of life on the beach, this decal set may be perfect for you and your cornhole boards. The graphic features a beautifully painted background of the ocean, with palm trees on the sandy beach. Each decal is printed at high resolution for the best design possible and comes laminated, so you don’t have to apply a clear coat or lacquer after applying. The vinyl used is outdoor air release and offers a bubble free installation, as well as seven or more years of weather proofing.

Skin Decal Vinyl Wrap

The final decal offers a vibrant and colorful skin with dozens of colors. It features a colorful skull with many added details to enjoy while you play your next game of cornhole. This particular company offers a skin that doesn’t leave a residue behind, which means it will not void your warranty. The vinyl is high-quality and laminated to prevent scratches. Applying the actual wrap is easy, even if you are a beginner to applying decals. The colors and design are truly unique and will turn heads at your next game.

Thanks for checking out the best cornhole wraps. Make sure you check out our unfinished cornhole boards post.

Get Yourself the Best Bocce Ball Set for the Money

If you’re looking for an outdoor game the whole family can enjoy, then bocce ball is it. It’s a blast! And finding the best bocce ball set is as simple as, well, throwing a bocce ball. Bocce ball is super easy to learn and super fun to play. Plus, it’s a team game which adds an element of competition that makes it even more exciting. You and your family will love the game so much, you might even decide to put a bocce ball court in your backyard.

So, what is bocce ball, how do you play, and how do you choose the best bocce ball set? To answer that, you need to take Bocce Ball 101.

What Is Bocce Ball?

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Bocce or bocce ball is a game enjoyed by people all around the world. People play it for recreation or as a tournament sport. Two people can play against each other, or there can be two teams of two to four players. The object of the game is to toss your bocce ball (the bigger ball) closest to the little ball — also known as the pallino or jack — as possible.

You play the game in frames. The team who gets their balls closest to the pallino in each frame is awarded a point. A team wins when they reach a predetermined set amount of points, usually 12, 15, or 21.

Tournament play is more precise involving all sorts of rules and regulations regarding ball sizes and weight as well as court dimensions, depending on the league. It’s even an official sport at the Special Olympics. And a modified version of bocce, called boccia, is part of Paralympic competition. However, recreational bocce ball has no restrictions on ball size and weight. Plus, you can play it on any flat surface, including grass.

Recreational bocce ball is also versatile enough that you can change the rules without penalty — like adding a drinking component after the kids go to bed. It also means you aren’t as limited when it comes time to choosing the best bocce ball set for you and your family to enjoy.

So, who came up with this game, anyway? And why is it so popular? The answer is a stone’s throw away.

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The game of bocce has been around for centuries. A form of the game can be traced as far back as 5200 B.C., where a painting found in an Egyptian tomb showed two boys playing something that looked like bocce.

However, it was the early Romans who may have invented the game of bocce, similar to how it’s played today, with soldiers using rounded stones or other items as the bocce ball.

And as Roman rule spread throughout ancient Europe, so did the popularity of the game.

Italians loved the game so much that when they emigrated to the United States, they brought their favorite pastime with them, introducing it to a brand new world.

So, now that you have a little background on bocce ball, how do you bring this ancient game to your backyard? By buying the best bocce ball set, of course!

Choosing the Best Bocce Ball Set

There are several factors to consider when selecting the best bocce ball set. In general, most bocce ball sets come with eight balls and one pallino or jack. The bocce balls may come in two colors, four colors, or a variety of colors. Each set of colors will usually have a different pattern, so each team member can identify their balls. Traditional bocce balls come in patterned green and red colors — just like the Italian flag. The pallino or jack is usually white and smaller than the bocce balls.

Size

Bocce balls come in a variety of size ranges and weights. Ball measurements are mostly listed in millimeters (mm) and grams (g). However, some manufacturers list the information in inches and pounds.

Regulation bocce balls for tournament play usually must be 107mm and 920g, with lower weights for women and kids depending on the league. Also, the pallino must be a specific size and weight, but this varies by league too.

Bocce balls can be smaller and lighter for recreational play, but most bocce balls on the market range in size from 90mm and up with 107mm being the standard size. The size and weight of the pallino will vary according to the manufacturer.

A good rule of thumb to remember is that the smaller and lighter the ball, the easier it will be for kids and older grandparents to handle.bocce balls

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Material

The material used in the bocce balls determines its durability. Professional bocce balls are made with thermoset or phenolic resins or metal, whereas recreational bocce balls are constructed with polyresin or other materials with only a resin outer shell.

So, the cheaper the material, the higher the chance of breakage and chipping.

In addition, high-quality materials mean balls that roll straight, which is why tournament-level bocce ball sets cost more.

Also, remember that you’re throwing balls against each other so there will be some scuffing to the outer layer, even with the best bocce ball set.

Accessories

Most bocce ball sets include accessories such as a carrying bag and measuring tape so you can measure how far the bocce ball is from the pallino.

If a set doesn’t include a measuring tape, you can use your own or just make estimates.

Of course, this only applies if you’re out having a good time with friends or family and not competing in a tournament.

Our Top Picks for the Best Bocce Ball Set

Although we numbered our picks, it does not signify a ranking.

GoSports 90mm Backyard Bocce Set


GoSports 90mm Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Balls, Pallino, Case and…

  • COMPLETE SET: 90mm (3.54″) Bocce Balls weighing 1lb 11oz each, (2 Red + 2 Green + 2 Blue + 2 Yellow)
  • CANVAS BOCCE BAG: Includes durable canvas carrying case to easily enjoy Bocce outdoors and to store after use
  • HIGH GLOSS BALLS: 8 premium balls with 2 Red (1 Circle Cut, 1 Square Cut), 2 Blue (1 Circle Cut, 1 Square Cut), 2 Green…

The GoSports Backyard Bocce Set is excellent for kids. The set includes eight 90mm bocce balls (1.11 pounds each), which are the perfect size for small hands. You get two balls in red, green, blue, and yellow with patterned designs, making it easy for teammates to know which ball is theirs.

The pallino is white and 1.40 mm. All balls are made with polyresin material and feature a bright, high-gloss finish.

In addition, the set comes with a carrying case so you can take the game with you anywhere. The set also includes a measuring rope, which means you can figure out whose ball is closest to the target without having to guess.

Playaboule Lighted Bocce Ball Set


Playaboule Patented V3 DLX Lighted Bocce Ball Set

  • Exclusive too Playaboule. Our patented New Design V4 plug set release June 2019. More than 1,000,000 balls sold. 1 set…
  • Two modes, solid light or flashing, simple press button switch ( not screw in and out to turn off and on)
  • Only full size US Bocce Federation size 107mm dia (4.2″) lighted set availble

With the Playaboule Lighted Bocce Ball Set, you can play your new favorite game day or night. This set is perfect for those all-night family parties, or anytime you want to have a little fun in the dark.

You can set the balls to flash or solid light with a recessed switch that won’t affect the roll of the balls. Each ball takes three 1.5v batteries, and you don’t even need a screwdriver to open the battery compartment, which is super convenient. Plus, they’re waterproof and sand proof, which makes them an excellent choice for a trip to the beach.

The bocce balls are 107mm and 600g each and made with heavy-duty plastic. Each set comes with two textured balls in light blue, light green, red, and yellow colors. The pallino is 50mm and white.

The set also includes a carrying case, rules, two measuring devices, and even one set of batteries, so you start playing right away.

Rally and Roar Bocce Ball Set


Bocce Ball Game Set for Adults, Families – 90 mm – Complete Bocce…

  • HOURS OF FRIENDLY COMPETITION: The game of Bocce ball has been a classic favorite among sports enthusiasts for years….
  • TAKE IT ANYWHERE: With a durable, water-resistant storage bag, this compact, lightweight set can be in tow for any…
  • EASY TO LEARN: If you’ve never played bocce yard ball, it’s quite easy to learn. While it requires some skill and…

You’ll love playing bocce with the traditional red and green colored balls in the Rally and Roar Bocce Ball Set. It’s fantastico!

Each set includes eight 90mm balls (4 in green and 4 in red), as well as 1 white pallino. The bocce balls are patterned so you can quickly tell whose ball is whose.

Franklin Sports Bocce Ball Set


Franklin Sports Soft Bocce Set – 8 Soft Bocce Balls and 1 Pallino -…

  • FUN FOR EVERYONE: This set is best played outdoors at the beach, the park, or in the backyard, but is soft and versatile…
  • FOUR PLAYER SET: This set includes all that you need for your next game with (8) all-weather soft PVC bocce balls: (2)…
  • PALLINO INCLUDED: Comes complete with (1) 40mm soft scoring jack so you’ll have a complete set that’s ready to play out…

Variety is the spice of life, and Franklin Sports Bocce Ball Set is different than the rest. This set features bocce balls that are soft with colorful swirly designs. Even the pallino is blue instead of white!

The kids will love this set. And it’s ideal for playing on any soft surface like grass or even inside on your carpet.

Each set includes 8 PVC 90mm balls in red, yellow, green, and blue (2 in each color.)The pallino is 40mm. Plus, the set comes with a carrying case for easy travel.

Funsparks Crazy Bocce


Crazy Bocce Ball Set. Indoor and Outdoor Family Fun for Everyone. A…

  • FUN FOR EVERYONE – This go-to complete all year around sport can be enjoyed by kids, teens, and adults. Bocce Ball is…
  • PLAY ANYWHERE – This set is easy to play on your own lawn, driveway or take it to the beach, tailgate party or indoors…
  • QUALITY MATERIALS – Crazy Bocce is made with solid durable wood that is crack and damage resitant for long lasting fun

If you’ve ever felt like a square peg in a round hole, then Funsparks Crazy Bocce is the bocce ball set of your dreams. Sure, it’s not your classic bocce ball game, but sometimes it pays to be different. And it’s great for ages three and up, so even the littlest ones can join in the fun.

The set features eight wooden blocks (the bocce balls) in red, yellow, green, and blue. Plus, a white pallino cube.

The bocce blocks weigh 2.2 ounces each and are 2 inches in length, while the pallino block weighs 1.2 ounces and is 1.5 inches in length.

Triumph All Pro 100mm Bocce Set


Triumph All Pro 100mm Bocce Set Includes Eight Bocce Balls, One 50mm…

  • Play bocce wherever you Go with the triumph all Pro 100mm bocce set
  • Easily Transport set using Sling bag, comfortable to carry on either shoulder
  • Set includes eight phenolic Resin 100mm bocce balls with one 50mm Jack

Claim victory over your competitors at your next bocce ball game with the Triumph All Pro 100mm Bocce Set. You’ll love the look of this high-gloss set, and you’ll love playing it, too.

The set includes 4 blue and 4 yellow 100mm bocce balls, and one 50mm jack. The balls are patterned and made of phenolic resin which makes them quite durable (it’s the same stuff used for most billiards balls.)

Perfetta Club Pro Bocce Ball Set


Perfetta Club Pro solid Bocce Set – Made in Italy

  • Made in Italy. By the official supplier to the world bocce champs for more than 20 years. Balls laser engraved Made In…
  • US Bocce Federation and International Bocce federation regulation size 107mm balls Solid color and 50mm white pallina…
  • 10 Year warranty against ball breakage. Best warranty in the industry. Most other bocce sets are 30 days on workmanship…

The Perfetta Club Pro Bocce Ball Set.is the real deal. The set is made in Italy by a company well-known in the professional bocce world. You’ll be spending some cash on this set, but it’s well worth it.

The set includes 4 red and 4 green regulation size 107mm bocce balls. Each ball also features laser-engraved patterns. And the white pallino is 50mm.

The balls are made with solid phenolic resin and have a 10-year warranty against breakage. That’s how confident this company is in its product.

And to make the deal even sweeter, the set comes with a carrying case. However, some customers complain the carrying case isn’t as high quality as the balls inside. Plus, you’ll also have to buy your measuring tape because you don’t get one with this set. If you’re serious about your bocce ball game or just want a quality set, this is it.

Enjoy Hours of Family Fun with the Best Bocce Ball Set

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Bocce ball is a must-have game for any backyard barbecue or family event. Everyone will have a blast because it’s simple to learn, easy to play, and a whole lot of fun! Who knows? It might even become a new family tradition.

Do you love bocce ball? Share your experiences and best bocce ball set recommendations below!

12 Cheap Outdoor Games But Exciting Ideas For Kids

Everyone loves a party. Especially an outdoor party. Unfortunately, many people think outdoor parties are expensive – and that’s just not true. Here are some ideas for a memorable outdoor party – an ultimate list of cheap outdoor party games for the family to enjoy – without breaking the bank.

12 Cheap but Exciting Outdoor Game Ideas

Backyard Badminton

Badminton is a simple game that doesn’t need a lot of space. All you need to do is get a backyard badminton set and set it up. Organize a backyard badminton tournament as part of your outdoor party activities. The dress code for the party can even be sportswear.

Grizzly in the Snow

This is a tasty game everyone will enjoy. Hide a few gummy bears (the Grizzlies) in a mountain of whipped cream on a plate. Give each contestant their plate and have them race to find the Grizzlies in the snow – without using their hands.

Treasure Hunt

A classic outdoor party game, a treasure hunt never gets boring. Hide a prize somewhere in the backyard and place clues all over (and I mean all over) the backyard and even a few indoors to spice up the game. This game is best played in teams. The first team to find the treasure gets to keep it.

Ring Toss – Super Charged

This classic carnival game can easily be a part of your outdoor party. All you need are a few hula hoops and a wooden dowel to get the game going.

Hammer the dowel into the ground and give the kids turns at throwing the hula hops over the dowel. You can play the game with levels to make it more interesting.

The first level will be closest to the hoop and will carry fewer points than the higher levels that will gradually be placed further away from the dowel. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Musical Chairs

If you’re looking for a game that will have the kids squealing in excitement and the adults roaring in laughter, “musical chairs” is it. The game starts with 2 rows of chairs lined up back to back – enough for all the players.

A song is played and everyone gets up and walks around the chairs in single file. Once the song stops, everyone sits down where they are. The process is repeated but this time, when they get up to walk, a chair is removed.

Once the music stops, everyone sits down again. The person left standing is eliminated. The game continues in this manner until there is one chair and one person left.

Miniature Golf

You don’t have to spend a fortune on this game, all you need do is purchase a cheap set of plastic golf clubs and golf balls. The good thing about miniature golf is that you can make a lot of variations of the game.

For example, you can set up your holes in a vertical or horizontal position. You can also get a cardboard box and paint it to look like a castle and cut out a drawbridge that will work as the “hole”. Balloons make for great obstacles too. Be creative and have fun.

Backyard Volleyball

All you need for this fabulous game is a ball and a net. If you don’t have a net, don’t worry, you can improvise by using a piece of rope. You can play singles, doubles, or any number to suit the party.

Balloon Darts

An easy to set game but very exciting to play, balloon darts will definitely make your party a blast. Stick some balloons onto a board and have the kids throw some darts at the balloons.

You can add to the excitement by assigning different points to different colored balloons or by hanging the board on a string so that it swivels.

Lawn Twister

Spray paint your lawn into a twister board and take this indoor game outside. Make sure to use non-toxic paint.

Jumbo Checkers

Purchase a jumbo checkers set and have a great time playing this classic game on your lawn. You can buy many sets for the party and have a checkers tournament. This can even be the theme of the party and have guests come dressed in checked clothes.

Catch with a Twist

This is another great team event for your outdoor party. Separate the kids into teams, according to how many they are. Choose one child from each team and place a helmet with a bucket on their head.

The rest of the team members try to throw water balloons inside the bucket. The team that manages to catch the most balloons wins. You can also play a variation of this game with the bucket being held in the hands.

Marble Race

Turn a single pool noodle into 2 race tracks for an exciting marble race. Place start and finish lines at both ends and place the “tracks” on an incline. Kids can race their marbles in 2’s, 3’s, or however many numbers suitable.

Cheap Doesn’t Mean Boring

There you have it, 12 exciting games you can play at an outdoor party. Just because games are cheap, it doesn’t mean the party will be dull, on the contrary, as you have seen for yourself.

Kubb Game and Rules Guide

Kubb is a very popular outdoor game that can be played on a lawn, beach, parking lot, or anywhere you can create a rectangular court also called also known as a pitch. The great thing about Kubb is that it can involve both brute force and precise touch, along with many tactical decisions and strategies. Kubb’s objective is simple: to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden batons at them. The exact rules of Kubb can vary from region to region, but the ultimate goal is to knock over all of the opponent’s kubbs. When you have accomplished this you must knock over the king to win.

The kubb game has grown from ancient origins into a modern game with international interest and large tournaments held all over the world. The modern version of kubb started in the 1980’s when the first sets were commercially made and has since exploded in popularity all over the world. The world championship is held on the island of Gotland, Sweden while the USA championship is held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The game is very popular in the Midwest of the USA.

Many schools are now even playing kubb in their physical education classes. It is a great game to play for the whole family and in groups of friends. The game is said to have Scandinavian origins and is also nicknamed ‘Viking Chess’. In this article, we will take a look at how to set up your own game of Kubb, the rules, strategies, and some great Kubb sets to get you started playing this exciting game.

How to Play Kubb

The game is typically played in an open area or playing field, most commonly on a sandy beach, lawn game or a backyard game. The first thing you need to do when playing Kubb is set up your playing field by marking out a rectangle with field marking pins, stakes, or even rocks at the corners and two markers at the imaginary line running through the center of the court. The most common court size used is a 26 x 16-foot rectangle.

This is the size of court typically used in official Kubb tournaments. If you are a beginner or playing with children it is suggested to start smaller and work your way up in size as you get better. The opposing ends of the court are called the baselines with an imaginary line running through the middle.

There are 3 different types of wooden pieces used in gameplay including 10 kubbs measuring 15 cm tall and 7 cm square on the end, a king measuring 30 cm tall and 9 cm square on the end, and 6 batons that are 30 cm long and 4.4 cm in diameter. Most commercially made kubb sets will include all of these pieces along with 6 field marking pins, a carrying bag, and rules. Each team will need to take 5 kubbs. The same king is used for both teams.

Set your 5 kubbs up on the baseline placed at regular intervals from one end of the baseline to the other. The blocks in this starting position are called baseline kubbs. The king is placed directly on the imaginary line in the middle of the court.

The game is typically played with 2 teams consisting of 1 or 2 players but can be played with teams up to 6. The wooden batons or ‘kastpinnar’ must always be thrown underhanded and in a vertical rotation. You cannot spin the batons horizontally like a helicopter. To determine which teams throws first a single baton is tossed as close as possible to the king in the center of the court without hitting it. The team whose baton lands the closest throws first. Going first can give you a great advantage.

The objective at the standing teams’ baseline is for the opposing team’s five Kubbs to be toppled with an underhanded toss of the six Kastpinnar and then get the Kung to be knocked which is placed in the center of the field. Another twist of the above variation is: The opposing team may attack the Kung and win the game if they can successfully topple the Kung when the throwing team has successfully toppled all of the Kubbs but did not topple the Kung, still loses the game.

Kubb Game Play and Rules

Now that the court is all set up we are ready to start playing. There are two phases to each turn. Team one stands behind the baseline and throws it batons at the kubbs placed on the opposite baseline.  Any kubbs knocked down are then tossed by team two back onto the opponents half of the court. Team one stands the kubbs up where they land and these are now referred to as ‘field kubbs’.

If a kubb is tossed out of bounds you get one more attempt. If it is thrown out of bounds again the opposing team can place the kubb anywhere on their side of the field as long as it is one baton length from the king or corners. The main objective is to toss the field kubbs so they are easy to knock down on the next turns.

Play now changes sides and team two tosses their batons. Before team two is allowed to toss their batons at the opponent’s baseline kubbs they must first knock down all the field kubbs from the previous turn. If a baseline kubb is knocked down before all the field kubbs it does not count and is put back in place. After team two is done throwing their batons, team one picks up all kubbs that are knocked over (baseline and field kubbs) .

Ttosses them in the same manner onto the opposite half of the field. If team two left any field kubbs still standing during their turn, team one gets to toss their batons from an imaginary line running parallel from the kubb closest to the center line.

You can see it is very important to not leave any field kubbs standing close to the center line or the other team will have an easy time throwing so close to the field kubbs they are trying to knock down on the next turn. Play continues in this manner until one team has knocked down all the field and baseline kubbs. They now attempt to knock down the king for the win with any remaining batons. All throws at the king must be from behind the baseline of the court.

If the king is knocked down at any time before all kubbs are knocked down the other team wins. Another version of the rules allows for one ‘resurrection king.’ In this version the king is stood back up but the team loses the rest of its turn. Winners are typically determined by playing the best out of 3.

As you can see it is possible for these games to go one for a long time. If you are a beginner or playing with children there are some variants in the rules that will help shorten the game and make it a bit easier. You can choose to remove any kubb from the field of play that has been knocked over twice.

Another idea is allowing field kubbs that hit each when tossed to be placed on top of each other like a tower. This makes it much easier to knock down all the field kubbs in fewer throws. The more you play you will develop your own strategies and ideas to improve your chances at winning at Kubb.

Kubb Strategies

You must often think in strategic defensive terms when throwing the kubbs onto the opposite field. If you attempt to throw the kubbs close to the center line but fail to knock them all over when tossing your batons, the other team has a very easy time knocking over all the kubbs because of temporary throwing line so close to center line. Another idea is throwing the kubbs deeper into the opponent’s territory.

These will be harder for you to knock over, but do not offer the opposing team great field position when it is their turn to throw the batons. Grouping the kubbs close together allows for a greater chance of knocking multiple kubbs down with one throw, or even missing your intended target and knocking down another kubb.

There are many techniques for throwing the batons. Some people use a 180 degree spring while other players use a full 360 degree rotation. Perfecting a certain throwing style allows you to become very accurate. Another technique is throwing the baton with enough force that knocks over multiple kubbs by bouncing off the first and into another.

Kubbs must be thrown underhanded like the batons, but you are allowed to spin them in any direction you please. Adding a directional spin to the kubbs is also known as drilling. This is extremely useful for placing the cubs in very precise areas.

When the opposing team throws a kubb out of bounds two times it is called a penalty kubb and you will be able to place it wherever you want. Setting it down as close as possible to the king is a great ideas because the other team will be worried about potentially knocking the king over and losing.

The serious players have some very unique strategies for improving their play. Many players like to play barefoot or with shoes that have no soles because they say feeling the ground is very important. Some people even practice juggling the batons to perfect the spin when tossing the baton in game play. This technique improves rotation and proper release of the baton.

Now that we have all the basics covered let’s take a look at some great kubb sets available to purchase so you can get started playing. We will cover all levels of play from beginner to advanced tournament play. These well made kubb sets will take your outdoor recreation events like birthday parties, BBQ’s, camping, and more to new levels of fun!

Yard Games Kubb Game Premium Set


Yard Games Kubb Premium Size Outdoor Tossing Game with Carrying Case,…

  • Play the Viking inspired original tossing game. This set is beautifully crafted and made with durable, eco-friendly,…
  • This team game is easy to learn, easy to set up, and easy to transport with the durable zip-up carrying case. Simply set…
  • Great for parties, BBQs, the beach, camping or just a nice day in the sun. This game provides hours of entertainment for…

This is a high quality and beautifully crafted Kubb set that includes everything you will need to start playing Kubb with your family and friends and last for years to come. Kubb is fun for all ages and great for getting the kids away from the tv or computer and playing outside. It involves both physical activity and critical thinking. This set from Yard Games includes 10 kubbs, 6 batons, 1 king with crown, and 4 stakes made with eco friendly and shock absorbent durable hardwood. The high quality hardwood is crucial for keeping the set in good shape after repeated tosses and exposure to the elements. This set also comes with a nice zip up bag to carry all the pieces and rules brochure along on your next camping trip or day at the park.

Striker Games Kubb Game Set


Striker Games Kubb Lawn Game – Outdoor Games – Party Games – Strategic…

  • PERFECT FAMILY KUBB SET – Each Backyard Kubb Set is made of pine for light and easy tossing by beginning players. The…
  • FUN OUTDOOR YARD GAME – Never host a boring party again! Kubb is easy to learn but challenging to master, and it…
  • DEFEAT YOUR OPPONENT – You win the game by knocking down the King, so be careful how you toss! But watch out – you…

This is a great set for the beginner or casual player. It includes all the standard size kubb game pieces needed for game play and 4 field marking pins, all made with pine wood. The king is a striking piece with bright red crown. Also includes a mesh carrying bag and rule book for taking the game wherever you want to go. The pine wood may be a little more susceptible to chipping and denting than hardwood sets, but this is still a high quality and economical set to get started playing Kubb. If you plan on playing seriously and competitively for a long time this may not be the set for you. This is perfect for a family who likes to casually play though.

Kubb Tournament Set


KUBB Tournament Set – Official Tournament Size Premium Hardwood

  • Official tournament size
  • High quality, durable game set made from FSC certified birch hardwood
  • Includes rule book and a sturdy sports bag for easy storage and handling

This is the definitive Kubb set for the most serious of players and for tournaments. The regulation sized pieces are made from extremely high quality white birch hardwood and hand crafted. The white brich gives the set a beautiful natural look and the most durability. The blocks are very heavy. Each set is also unique in appearance. It is very resistant to chipping and denting. In addition to all the game pieces needed for match play it includes 6 field marking pins instead of 4 like the other sets. This gives a big advantage because you can mark the center line. The batons also have a nice beveled edge. Like the other sets this comes with a high quality sports style carrying bag and rule book.

Want to learn some other fun yard games? Check out our how to play cornhole post.