The Search For My Perfect Swing — WHY?

Welcome All

You are here because you’ve chosen my Twitter link, or you selected the link in the Senior Games Athlete Blogs section of the National Senior Games Association, or searched the web for info about horseshoe pitching.

This website is a blog which began in the Fall of 2007, when I first began pitching horseshoes. It is a chronology of my search to answer the question, “WHY?”. “WHY” did I miss and what could I do to stop it?

It has been a fascinating journey, generating hundreds of questions and answers and is a chronology of the last 9 years. Using some of the techniques described in this blog enabled me to go from a 0% to 60% ringer average in 2-1/2 seasons.

You might be interested in the slow motion videos on Youtube of horseshoe impacts, etc. Once on Youtube, search for “Photon713” to see all available videos.

If you are beginner or pro, I will guarantee you will find something helpful to improve your ringer average.

If that statement challenges you, stick around and start at the Table of Contents, or my last under development Part 51 Practice Tips, which is a series of tips to bump up that ringer average and points accumulated.

You might want to check out my website at Hilfling Horseshoes. There is also a review of my printed 91 page spiral bound book entitled, “Horseshoe Pitching With Precision” or, sample content of the eReader version in Part 46 Amazon Sample Text.

When finished looking around, just hit the back button upper left, to return to your departure point. Thanks for looking, you’re welcome back at anytime.

I am always available to answer questions. E-mail me.



  1. Hello Bob. Again no questions, just a thank you. After reading a fair bit of your blogs I decided basics were the place to start, very basic since I’ve only been back at this a little more than a month. Had a new pair of Sue Snyder EZ Flip II’s to try out after throwing Challengers for the past 5 weeks. Baby Steps James – find a comfortable pendulum swing with a straight arm and get consistent with that… and that was my total intent. Oddly, and pleasantly, found myself throwing 10 ringers out of my last 24 throws from 40′. Pretty cool stuff. And of the non-ringers I was drawing metal on the vast majority of throws with virtually all shoes arriving in the vicinity of the stake open. Very nice surprise for such a simple aspect. A little like putting in disc golf – reduce the amount of physical variable on the throw and you get repeatability. Again thanks much.

    • Thank You, Jamie…you picked a great shoe in the Snyder EZ Flip II. I had the great honor of meeting Sue Snyder at the 2010 HP Pro Tour event in Frederick, Maryland. It was an odd circumstance. She happened to walk up to my competitor and I and it turned out we were both pitching Sue’s EZ Flip. I had to paint the tips of my shoes to differentiate between the two of us. Sue was excited to find out we were both pitching her shoes.

      Once you feel confident in your technique, consider joining the NHPA and competing in one of your state tournaments. It’s a great activity, keeps you fit and allows you to meet some great pitchers. Good Luck. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of help. Regards…Bob

  2. In the above ilistration total distance of 25.5 feet doesn’t seem correct! The stakes are 40 ft apart so if you add the arc I can’t understand the 25.5 total distance!
    Can you explain?


    • Hi Joe,
      In this example I am speaking of the foul line at 27 feet and the release point at 25.5 feet. The foul line for 40 foot pitchers is 37 feet while the foul line for Elders, youth and women is 27 feet. The measurements were calculated from the 27 foot foul line. In a later part I show the calculation for horseshoes thrown from the 37 foot foul line. The calculations for the high point of flight depend on your release point relative to height and location of release. The example shown is from a release point of 25.5 feet from the stake and 3 feet above the ground. My release point was 1.5 feet in front of the 27 foot foul line. Relative to the 27 foot foul line — an Elder reaching 70 years of age in the calendar year can move up from 40 feet to 30 feet. Women generally pitch from 30 feet, but, can pitch from 40 feet if they wish. Hope that explains the reference to 25.5 feet. The National Horseshoe Pitchers Assn., defines the rules for 30 and 40 foot pitchers. There is a YouTube video that shows the flight of a horseshoe being released and the location of the high point. Search for “Photon713” on YouTube for a number of videos, one specific to this example. Thanks for your inquiry, and hope that clears it up for you.

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