Beyond the Basics Pt. 1 - The Cornhole Board

Beyond the Basics Pt. 1 - The Cornhole Board

Learn how to master the cornhole board and how to improve your cornhole game with part 1 of this series on learning the zones of a cornhole board.
The Official Rules of Cornhole Reading Beyond the Basics Pt. 1 - The Cornhole Board 4 minutes

 

ADVANCED CORNHOLE BASICS | THE CORNHOLE BOARD

Ready to go beyond the basics of cornhole? Trying to learn how to improve your cornhole game? Learn key tips and tricks for mastering the cornhole board with the American Cornhole Association.

In this post, we'll highlight the 7 different zones of the cornhole board:

    • No Man’s Land
    • Path Shot
    • Parking
    • High Push
    • Bully
    • Danger Zone
    • Backboard

 

We’ll also cover the basic strategy behind each zone, the ideal areas for bag placement, and other tips to help you dominate your backyard games like a pro!

Reference the photo below as a guide to the 7 basic zones of your cornhole board. 

ACA Training Board

SHOP ACA TRAINING BOARDS

NO-MAN’S-LAND

No-Man’s-Land is the bottom third of the board.

There is a low percent chance of pushing a bag into the hole from this zone (also called Push-Shots).

It is best to throw over any bags that have landed in this zone.

Although, you may want to push in very particular circumstances. For example, you need to push an opponent’s bag off the board to keep them from winning the game.

PARKING ZONE

The Parking Zone is the middle third of the board.

Bags that land in this zone have a medium percent chance of being a Push-Shot.

Inside the Parking Zone are three additional zones, a 100% Block Zone in the center and 50% Block Zones on each side of the board.

100% BLOCK ZONE

Landing a bag in the 100% Block Zone creates a 100% blocked straight path to the hole.

Aim for this area if you wish to block your opponent from sliding their bag into the hole.

50% BLOCK ZONE

The outer two zones are 50% Block Zones and create a 50% blocked path to the hole.

Aim for this area on your opponent’s side to block their side lane into the hole if a bag is already in the 100% Block Zone

HIGH PERCENT PUSH-SHOT ZONE

The High Percent Push-Shot Zone is the space starting at the top third of the board to the bottom of the hole.

If you or your opponent’s bag lands in this area, there is a high probability of making a Push-Shot.

BULLY ZONE

Bully Zones are the left and right thirds of the board. Use these zones to “bully” a bag out of the way and push yours into the hole.

BACK BOARD

The Back Board starts just above the hole and ends at the top of the board. Use it as a stopper for your bag, like in basketball.

DANGER ZONE

The three-inch outer ring of the hole. If your bag lands in the Danger Zone, it is highly likely to push it into the hole.

Cornhole Training Board 2

PATH SHOT ZONE

There are three Path Shot Zones that act as a guide to sliding your bag into the hole. The center path shot, right path shot, and left path shot.

The left path is used in a step out angle shot on the left side. (Used to push or get around bags to get into the hole.)

The middle path is a straight shot path to the hole.

The right path is used in a step out angle shot on the right side. (Used to push or get around bags to get into the hole.)

Download the ACA Cornhole Board Training Guide (PDF)

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