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Playing The Ghost is Great Practice

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Playing the ghost is great for cornhole practice

What is the best practice routine?

We get this question asked many times a week, “what is the best practice routine for cornhole?” What a hard question to answer because honestly, it’s different for everyone. It really depends on what you need to practice. But playing the Ghost is a great place to start.

Practice is meant to help you hone and refine your problem areas and make you better at whatever you do. Every cornhole player has different things they need to work on, so every player should have their own practice routines. But man, throwing bags over and over, back and forth with no goal can be boring!

Sometimes, you just want to play a game against other people but it’s not always easy to find someone with the same skill set. You need someone on the same level as you. It gets old losing every game to someone more advanced and at the same time, it’s boring beating someone that is not as good as you. So who is going to be your best opponent, your best challenge?

Sometimes, your best opponent is yourself

Believe it or not, your best opponent is yourself. That’s why we recommend for you to play the Ghost. Playing a Ghost is a great tool to add to your practice routines but it should not be your only. While this tool will help you work on your slides and getting the bag in the hole, it does not teach you any type of strategy since there are none of your opponents bags on the board to maneuver around. 

As much as we are Cornhole Addicts, throwing bags back and forth can be quite boring, sometimes, and tedious. While I am a strong proponent of working on your fundamentals, identifying problem areas, and working them out, I also believe that cornhole is supposed to be fun. So, it’s best to change up your practice routines and this is an excellent way to challenge yourself.

Who is the Ghost and how do I play against?

The Ghost is an imaginary player. You are going to pit yourself against this player at different levels and attempt to beat him. If you can do this, you will be able to beat almost anyone you face!

So how does the Ghost play? Perfectly. Yes, you heard me right. The Ghost never misses. Every round, the Ghost scored X points, without even throwing a bag. So, if you are playing the Ghost 7, every round you automatically start down 7 points. Which means you must throw 8 points or higher to score. Just imagine how that looks as you play against the Ghost 8, 9, 10 or 11! You need to be perfect! And the only way you will get there is with practice, practice, practice. 

Here’s how to play against the Ghost:

  1. Figure out what level you want to start at. We recommend not going below Ghost 5 as, for most, it would not be much of a challenge. Although, if you are a true beginner and can barely get your bags on the board, Ghost 4 might be where you want to start.
  2. Throw your bags. Tally up your score you got with those 4 bags then deduct the Ghosts points. Did you score? Did the Ghost score?
  3. Continue to play the game as normal, keeping score every round. First to 21 wins

So how did you do? Did you beat the Ghost or did they get the best of you? If you won, move up 1 point and see how that game goes. If you keep winning, keep going up. But, even though you destroyed the 6 Ghost by a score of 21-5, we recommend you move up by 1 point. Many people will make the jump to 8 and skip 7 because they feel “they got it” based on their dominant performance against the 6 Ghost. But keep in mind, you must drop a minimum of 3 bags in the hole every round. to score 1 point on the 8 ghost. Let that sink in!!

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Think you have what it takes to beat the Ghost 7? What about the Ghost 8, 9 or 10? 

Then you need to check out a this new innovative cornhole tournament held online through Facebook Live where you go one on one against a Ghost and compete against players around the world! The last man/woman standing is the tournament winner. There are even cash prizes to the top places!!

You can find out more about it right here on our website! We have all the details like tournament play, rules and we even have a video showing you someone playing against the Ghost 7

Head over to the FB Live Tournaments Facebook page and join in one of the tournaments.
Big things are coming so stay tuned for details. 

 

 

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