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Beginners Guide to Cornhole Bags

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Beginners Guide to cornhole bags

One question we see asked a lot by beginner players is, which cornhole bag is best? Which brings us to this beginners guide to cornhole bags. Actually, there is no such thing as a “best cornhole bag”. I always tell people, the best bag is the one that feels best in your hand, fits your throwing style and goes in the hole more than any other bag, for you!

Some people like and have great results with a GameChanger bag while others like the super sticky side of the AllCornhole Slide-Rite bag. Thank God we are given many choices and have the ability to choose. Cornhole bags are a lot like cars, so many choices and you can pick the one that works best for you. Remember back when it was just a single sided, corn-filled duck cloth bag? How boring.

To help you, the newbie, just moving past the single sided cornhole bags and entering the world of professional cornhole we have come up with this “Beginners Guide to Cornhole Bags”. A Pros and Cons look at some of the best bags out there recommended for beginners as well as some popular bags beginners often seek. We also created a page and quiz for Cornhole Bag Recommendations.

In this beginners guide, we broke out the Stick & Slick bags from the Speed bags and will let you know which are super sticky and which play super fast. We just want to give you the most information so you can pick the right bag for your playing style, without spending a ton of money. 

We have asked a couple top players about which bags they think are best for beginners. Some say the slick and stick while others say go right for the fast bags and learn them. Guess you have to use your own judgement here.

In this beginners guide, we believe that the slick and stick bags are a better choice for you since they will allow you to learn the fundamentals as well as the strategic side of cornhole. Going hole or nothing is boring. You should first learn how to block, push, airmail, etc. Strategy wins games!

Beginners Guide to The Top Cornhole Bags

Stick and Slick Bags

yellow Slide-Rite cornhole bags

Slide-Rite Series Cornhole Bags– ACL Approved
Lets start off the beginners guide with the #1 selling and #1 beginner bag that most every play started with and is still a go-to bag for many!

Pros: Great bag for beginners and Pros. Great blocker, good pushing of other bags

Cons: Depending on the conditions you are throwing in, when this bag is on stick side it can be hard to move/push and will sometime kick left or right.

Best Bag For: Great all-around bag, preferred by many beginners to Pros

Cheetah Predator Purple

Gladiator Cheetah Predator Cornhole Bags– ACL Approved
These are another slick and stick bag with a suede stick side rated at more of a mid-range with a speed of 4.

Pros: Leaves a good blocker that can easily be pushed through with the fast side of this bag. Great bag all around bag that is hole friendly.

Cons: Fast side of the bag is fast with a rating of 10 of 10 but great for pushing bags in the hole or out of the way.

Best Bag For: Great bag for blocking and all around playing.

Red Reynolds Pro Touch

Reynolds Pro Touch Cornhole Bags– ACL Approved
These bags can be compared to the Slide-Rite bags as they offer a synthetic basket weave & medium stick suede that make them not too fast but consistent in all types of weather.  

Pros: The stick side of this bag is great for beginners or for hard throwers while the slide side makes it easier for a push shot

Cons: Much like the cons of many of the sticky bags, they tend to kick left or right.

Best Bag For: A player that likes the Slide-Rite bags but wants to try something new

BG Viking Gold

BG Viking Cornhole Bags– ACL Approved
The BG Viking bag is a mid-range fast and slower type bag with a carpet material on one side and fast material on the other. Speeds ratings of 4 and 7

Pros: The slide side of the bag is fast but controllable and the slow side of the bag allows you to be aggressive but with the confidence that the bag will move and not zip off the back.

Cons: We are yet to find any cons with this bag…..It is great in all weather conditions.

Best Bag For: ANYONE! This is a bag you need to check out!


Fast Cornhole Bags, if speed is your thing

Red Game Changer cornhole bags

GameChanger Cornhole Bags– ACL Approved
Let’s start with one of the most popular bags, the GameChanger by AllCornhole. This is a fast type bag with the same fast material on both sides but with 1 special feature. The first and original bag to have a square patch sewn into one side of the bag. (careful of imitations, they are not the same!)

Pros: If you throw this bag straight at the hole or slightly off to left or right of hole, most of the time, it will drop. But they key is, you have to get it near the hole which may be hard for a beginner player.

Cons: Can not block and hard to push other bags. If you are a hard thrower, these fast bags will fly off the board. Not a good bag for a strategic player

Best Bag For: Straight thrower looking to get more in the hole, no strategy.

Lime All-Slides cornhole bags

All-Slides Cornhole Bags – ACL Approved
Another popular fast bag by AllCornhole is the All-Slides. This bag features the fast side of the Slide-Rite series and the faster side of the GameChanger. This bag is a true speedster

Pros: The bag plays fast on both sides, seeks the hole and has good push power to take other bags with it

Cons: Not a great blocking bag and like the other fast bags, if they are not headed for the hole, could fly off the back.

Best Bag For: Player with the need for speed!

Run N Gun cornhole bags

Run N Gun Cornhole Bags
These bags are considered a slick and stick bag but they tend to play slightly faster than the others in that category, so I moved them to a fast bag. Although they have a stick side which makes for a nice blocker, when thrown at the right angle and force, even the stick side will slide into the hole. And the slick side, is super fast but offers great pushing power.

Pros: Great blocker that is hard to push with other bags, feels smaller in hand for better control.

Cons: Slick side is fast so make sure you either hit a bag to push or throw it higher to land and slink into hole.

Best Bag For: Competitive playing style with blocks, pushes and airmails.

Hopefully, the information in this beginners guide will be able to help you pick out a bag that fits your playing style. Keep in mind that these are not all of the bags available out there for beginners but they are among the most popular. As your game improves and get stronger, you may want to try out some different bags.

We have many different bags for sale right here on Cornhole Addicts but unfortunately, no way for you to try them. So our suggestion is when you see people at your league or tournament that have some different bag, ask if you can check them out and throw them. Most people would be happy to let you do so.

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