8. Set Up (and Dominate) Horseshoe
Rule the horseshoe pit with tips from 23-time champ Alan Francis:
Stance: Square your shoulders to the stake, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold the shoe on one of the sides, not in the middle, as newbies tend to. Then look through it and “focus on the stake,” Francis says.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Step: When ready to throw, righties should step forward with their left leg, and vice versa for lefties. Don’t overstep. Just a normal gait plus a touch more.
Release: Let go of the shoe at waist height and follow through. “Keep your balance and don’t dip or lean,” Francis adds, and move as little as possible. The shoe should spin sideways, making roughly one and three-quarter turns. Don’t flip it end over end.”
Stare: Francis prefers a stoic gaze. “If you have a bad streak and let that emotion show—that gives the opponent an edge,” he says. —Michael R. Shea
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