Cornhole Boards: Plastic vs. Wooden

By: Dave Roth

Many people enjoy playing the Cornhole game, but they also enjoy arguing good-naturedly with each other over some of the specifics. One of these is where the game originated, and the other is whether it is better to use a plastic or a wooden board. When the Cornhole game first started there were only wooden boards used. Plastic boards have come along since then, but some of the older Cornhole players do not want to use them. They think that they take away from the game and the way that it was played originally. Others think that the plastic boards are just more practical. They will not splinter, and they hold up better when it comes to dealing with the weather. For this reason, they are becoming more popular. Another reason that some people like the plastic Cornhole board is that they think it is more aesthetically pleasing. They like the color of them and the way that they are designed, and they often think that they are just more durable overall.

For the hard-core Cornhole enthusiast, though, nothing but a wooden board will do. This is usually due to nostalgia, but sometimes also to the way that the board looks and feels.

People who enjoy playing the game often also like the naturalness of using a wood board as opposed to using something synthetic like plastic, and people who are really dedicated to the game often take the time to make their own wooden Cornhole boards. Making a board for this type of game is really pretty simple. For someone with basic woodworking skills a game board can be created quickly and easily. Only standard tools are needed, and instructions can be found on the Internet for free. It is a fun project for anyone who likes the game, and it is also an enjoyable activity that can be undertaken by families as well. Some people take this issue one step further and also create their own Cornhole bags to toss at the board. These can be sewn on a machine or by hand and filled with dried corn or beans, or with hard plastic pellets. Just be careful to get the weight and the size right.

Whether a person uses plastic boards or wooden ones, Cornhole is a game that can be thoroughly enjoyed by the entire family. It is fun and it is easy to play. Because it is not physically demanding and because the instructions are not difficult, anyone can play it, making it fun for the whole family. The bags are designed to be lightweight, and they are tossed at a hole in the board. If they go in, they score points for the player. Another way to score points is to get the bag to land on the board and remain there without falling off. This is not as valuable, but still worth something. Bags that fall off the board or that miss the board entirely do not score any points. Whether a person is playing for a competition or just for fun, though, he or she often has strong opinions about which board will be the best one to use. There are pros and cons to both plastic and wooden Cornhole boards, so be sure to get what you really want. This will ensure that you will be happy with it.

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