sixbysix

Cornhole Central is proud to partner with Six By Six Cornhole Bags, the most trusted source for objective, scientifically-derived data about the characteristics and performance of cornhole bags.

About Six By Six

An alternative to the vague, unstandardized bag descriptions available on most cornhole bag sites, Six by Six aims to help players make the right buying decision for their style of play and bag preferences. Using standardized measurements and following American Cornhole League (ACL) standard bag requirements, Six by Six offers a comparison of bags where all characteristics are measured equally using a standardized scientific approach.

The Metrics

  • Speed
  • Width
  • Corner roundness
  • Thickness
  • Weight

Bag Speed

When it comes to bags, the one thing you'll hear cornhole players talk about more than anything else is speed -- how fast is the slick side, how sticky is the slow side. That's because bag speed defines how well a bag will slide along the board, how easily it will slip into the hole if you put it close or push it in, how well it will act as a blocker, etc. Trust us, it's important. : )

This chart shows the speed of the two sides of a bunch of leading bags so you can find one that matches your own playing style, or is most similar to a bag you already know and love.

Cornhole Bag Width

Cornhole bags are supposed to be 6" by 6" square. ACO says just that with no mention of a variance, while the ACL specifically allows a variance of .25" either way, i.e. bags can be from 5.75" to 6.25" square.

Why it Matters

TBD.

Corner Radius/Roundness

While cornhole bags are generally "square" the major governing bodies do allow a certain degree of roundness of the corners, up to a radius of .5" which means the corner of a bag can be no more than .5" from the corner of a square, as shown here. This amounts to placing a circle with a radius of 1.2" within the bag.

Why it Matters

The roundness of a bag's corners makes a difference in terms of how well the bag acts as a blocker, sneaks around other bags, finds the hole, etc. Some people like a cornhole bag that's got super sharp corners, while others prefer the feel and playing characteristics of a rounder bag.

Cornhole Bag Thickness

Cornhole bags should be a little over an inch thick. ACL specifies an acceptable range of 1.125" to 1.5", while ACO doesn't mention bag thickness in their rulebook.

Why it Matters

TBD.

Cornhole Bag Weight

The major governing bodies both dictate bag weight of 16 ounces with a little variance. ACL allows anything from 15.5 ounces to 16.25 ounces, and ACO allows 15.0 ounces to 16 ounces exactly.

Why it Matters

Heavier bags make better blockers because they're harder to push, and better pushers because their greater mass more easily pushes other bags into the hole.