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Re: Best Turn and Flip shoe on the Market
Like you Iv'e always liked the Imperials - but when they went cast 10 years ago or so I just could not get used to the extra thickness. I bought up the last 5 pair of 2lb 10oz old style imperials that I could find. Subsequently could not find any other shoe that felt right for my 1 1/4 reverse other than the Ted Allen and M&M Pythons but these were just decent replacements for Imperial Originals. When throwing the 1 1/4 forward I could throw the old or new style Imperials fairly equally % wise because the grip was mostly around the hook of the shoe the thickness was no issue, but the forward pitch caused shoulder pain. Now onto the 3/4 reverse which I started out with Ted Allens with some decent results, went onto the Alan Francis shoe which turns very nicely for 3/4 turns - I like them to be around 2lb 9oz maybe a little heavier. The extra thickness on the Alan Francis shoe has not been an issue because I keep my fingertips off of the shoe and hold it between my palm and thumb completely different than the 1 1/4 reverse which was all fingertips. The Alan Francis shoe is much like an Deadeye original and the old Elmer Webbs shoes both of which I pitched from 30ft these two were also cast and thicker so the transition to Alan Francis shoe was fairly easy. It's hard to say which shoe is best - It's better to find out which shoe is best for your style. Generally speaking shoes with smaller toe calks like the Imperials will spin faster than larger thicker toe calks like the Alan Francis shoe. With that being said regardless of which direction your shoe turns forward or reverse, one thing that most people fail to understand is you want your shoe to slightly overturn this is your idea hit upon a stake. Try to pick a brand that will allow you to do this with less manipulation to the shoe, the shoe does the work with the way it's balanced. Or you could just figure out how to get your current pair to turn faster or slower without any shoe change. <---Good Luck this is why horseshoe pitching is so difficult.