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Which Cornhole Bag is Best For Me?

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Choosing the perfect cornhole bag

Choosing the right cornhole bag

Choosing the right double sided cornhole bag is harder than you think. It’s not as easy as just using the same bag your friend throws or one that the Pros use. You need to find a bag that performs to your throwing style.

As you may already know, there are tons of cornhole bag options out there. Many different manufacturers and each one has multiple designs and styles. And when you read the descriptions, they all say “this is the bag for you”. But is it really the one bag for you? How can they all be perfect for everyone? They can’t, so let’s try to find one that is best for you.

Anatomy of a cornhole bag

Let’s talk about the anatomy of a cornhole bag first. It’s size, weight, thickness, shape, rounded or square corners, what’s inside, etc. So much work goes into creating each bag and although many of them look the same, they are far from it. The American Cornhole League (ACL) regulates cornhole bags that they must be 6”x6” and weight in the range of 15.5 – 16 oz. The ACL also doesn’t allow any fill besides plastic resin pellets.

cornhole bag dimensions

With so many bags on the market today, can they really be different? Of course they can since they can all vary from the different fabrics, filling, rounded to square corners and seams. The most affordable double sided bags normally are a premium duck cloth on one side and suede on the other. This provides the player with the option of throwing the “slick” (duck cloth) or “stick” (suede) side down.

But it doesn’t stop there. Slide materials vary as much as your choice for a new sedan. Synthetic materials provide a more weather resistant bag to a certain point. The choices right now are unlimited, whereas 3 years ago it was corn or resin filled and “stick side” or no “stick side”.

All ACL approved bag manufacturers use the resin pellets because they are a great all-weather fill and don’t leave a residue on the boards. Resin also comes in different sizes and textures to further add to the feel of the bag. The resin pellets will not breakdown over time and will give the user a consistent throwing experience every time you use the bags.

And the best part of resin? You can wash the bags when you play in that rain or shine event. Or that one time your brother in law missed the board by 10 feet and put it in the pool. With corn filled bags however, get them wet and they are done. Don’t forget those little rodents love corn.

With the corners and seams of the bags, we really don’t have a preference as to which is better and why but most advanced players prefer rounded corners with no seam on the outside. Some advanced players prefer a bag with no stick side as well.

Red front All-Slides
The All-Slides cornhole bags have double “slick” sides. A great bag for players who do not utilize the stick side.

The perfect cornhole bag for you

So, let’s get back to the topic, which cornhole bag is best for me? Only way to find that out is, unfortunately, to throw them all. What? I can’t possibly buy every bag on the market, my wife will kill me. Yea, we know. Been there, dealt with it. “You bought another set of bags? How many cornhole bags does one need?” And our response, how many pairs of shoes does one need, LOL.

But seriously, grab that new set your friend just bought and throw his bags. See if you like them. Or, the next time you go to a tournament, look around. I bet there are 20+ different types of bags there. Ask people what they like and dislike about their bags. Don’t be afraid to ask to throw them. And there is an ACL rule that you can request to test your opponents bags before the match. As long as you are not malicious with your intention, I’m sure not many will say no. Its cornhole and we are all addicted to this game.

The best cornhole bag for you will feel “right” in your hand. It will fit your throwing style and do what you want. With so many choices, your perfect bag is out there. But don’t limit yourself to just 1. Find that one go-to-bag and keep it close by but have a variety of bags in your arsenal. Bags that adapt to the weather conditions, board conditions or any other condition you may encounter.

Suggested Cornhole Bags to start with

If you are looking for a bag to start with, I recommend the bag I started with, Slide-Rites. They are a good all around bag! Another great bag on the market today, which is very hard to get your hands on, is AllCornhole’s GameChanger. The demand is overwhelming and the manufacturer can not keep up.

If you can not seem to find a set of the GameChanger bags, we highly recommend you to check out the next Game Changing bag. It is by a new company, Gladiator Cornhole Gear, called Maximus. This is the fastest bag on the market and it plays similar to the GameChanger.

Just don’t be afraid to ask people about their bags. You will more than likely strike up a conversation and maybe a friendship. I heard Dickey got to throw ACL Pro Brandon Corwin’s Reynolds bags in Valley Forge.

Check out our selection of cornhole bags. Below are a few good bags to start with.

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