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Cornhole Bags


Cornhole Bags

Good cornhole bags are the secret ingredient to a great cornhole game experience. Making sure you have a solid, quality set of cornhole bags will make throws easier, better and more consistent.

What makes a good cornhole bag? Three things come to mind:

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Material

Cornhole Bag Dimensions

Cornhole Bag Size: 6”x6”

Cornhole bags should be 6 inches by 6 inches, according to the American Cornhole Organization (ACO). IF your bags are too small, the weight will not be distributed evenly, and throws will be off. SImilarly, bags that are too large will be too big for your hands, and have a lot more air resistance — not to mention they won’t comply with official cornhole rules.

Cornhole Bag Weight

Cornhole Bag Weight: 16oz

The standard weight of a cornhole bag is between 15 and 16 ounces. What you use to fill your bags with will help determine the weight. The correct weight, when paired with the correct size, will give your throws a consistent throw with just the right distribution of weight and resistance. Overweight bags are harder to throw the 27+ feet necessary to score points. Underweight bags may be caught by the wind or impeded by air resistance.

Cornhole Bag Materials

Cornhole Bag Fabric

The ACO suggests using cornhole bags made out of twill, canvas or synthetic suede. Most vendors use a 10-12 ounce duck canvas to construct their bags. Something durable and weather resistant is recommended so that your bags will last a long time.

Cornhole Bag Filling

The traditional cornhole filling is corn (go figure, right?). Corn has a the right density and weight that ensure solid distribution in your 6×6 bags. The downside of corn is that it will take on weight permanently when it gets wet, and can also attract critters like mice that will ruin your bags. Recently, some people are making their bags with plastic or synthetic beads that mimic the weight and density of corn. This weatherproofs and critter-proofs your bag to increase their longevity. Whichever material you use, make sure you properly weigh your fabric and filling (and thread!) so that your bags fall in the 15-16 ounce range.

Where To Get Cornhole Bags

If you’re a serious DIYer, take a look at our page on DIY Cornhole Bags. If you’d rather not waste your time on making your own cornhole bags, there are plenty of options for purchasing them. You can buy some really creative cornhole bags on Etsy.com. Make sure you trust the vendor, though! If you want some high quality, weatherproof cornhole bags, I suggest checking out the friendly folks over at SC Cornhole.