Researching and comparing cornhole bags on the Internet is a fool’s errand. Every bag maker has their own way of measuring and explaining how fast each side is, and frequently they explain the speed of one bag only in relation to the speed of another bag they themselves make. It’s well-intentioned, but…frankly…kinda useless. And they almost never provide details about their bags’ size, thickness and weight. The fact that a given company’s bags tend to be fuller than average, or faster, is something you have to pick up through experience and Facebook chatter.

A wicked smart guy named JD Welch founded a company that aims to fix that: SixBySix Cornhole Bag Data. JD is a scientist at heart and by trade, and realized he could address the fact that there hasn’t been a good way of identifying and understanding the differences between the countless cornhole bags on the market. So he founded Six By Six to arm cornhole enthusiasts with objective, scientifically derived data that they can trust represents the bag’s actual characteristics and performance. We’re psyched to partner up with them, and will be adding their data to our library of information about cornhole bags. We see this as the yin to our partnership with Brews & Reviews yang…their rich, visual, hands-on bag throwing sessions yield invaluable context, while Six By Six is — quite literally — “just the facts, ma’am.”

As we aim to incorporate their data into our site, JD and I wondered…

Do People Care How Round or Square Cornhole Bags Are?

Neither the ACA nor ACO specify anything about the roundness of bags, but American Cornhole League’s rules and regs says the corner of a bag can be no more than 0.5 inches (radius of 1.2 inches) from the corner of a square. We got to wondering about this rarely-discussed aspects of cornhole bag design, and asked our readers about the roundness of cornhole bags to find out how much people care, and why, and which bags they prefer. The topic didn’t exactly light the world on fire, getting just 15 responses, so the results aren’t statistically reliable in the grand scheme of things, but let’s look at what the folks who did respond had to say anyway!

Yes, People DO Care How Round the Corners of Their Cornhole Bags Are!

The roundness of bags does seem to matter, as fully 80% of respondents said they care how round or square a bag’s corners are a moderate amount or more, and almost half (46%) care about it “a  lot” or “a great deal.”

As far as preference, 72% of people said they like bags with medium, kinda round or very round corners, with “kinda round” representing most of that, 60% of the total respondent pool.

Why, though?

Obviously most folks prefer a rounder bag, but one of those who likes a square bag said he “feels like they grab the hole better.”
Here’s some representative comments from the folks who said they like a rounder bag
  • Feel: “I prefer the feel of rounded corners. The grip is important to me to ensure a firm feel every time and have confidence in my throw. If I’m off slightly and the bag has a bit of a nosedive to it, then I feel that the rounded corner bags won’t twist or roll to the side of the board as easy. I feel round corners are more forgiving and comfortable to grip.”
  • Hole Friendliness: Several folks said it’s because they find their way into the hole more easily, e.g. “Slides in hole easily” and “Feel and they seem more hole friendly to me.”
  • Freedom to Slide: There was one interesting disagreement…one respondent said round corners “Reduces the surface area of the bag and the chances it will get caught on other bags as it slides up the board.” while another claimed the opposite: “Bags that tend to have more rounded corners end up as “hole cloggers” or “pinchers” when they are thrown down the middle between two bags already at the hole.”

Best Round Bags, Best Square Bags