Welcome -- News First (current as of 26 August
Patriot2" and the "Hilfling Warrior" are NHPA
licensed and now on sale. Check the Patriot2 and Warrior tabs
BONUS OFFER -- Any buyer of Hilfling
Horseshoes past or present is eligible for a free electronic
copy of "Horseshoe Pitching With Precision". Current
buyers will receive a copy at the email address when
purchase made. Former buyers are also eligible. Information
provided on my blog at Horseshoes My Way.
Pitching With Precision" continues to sell. The book has
been printed as a spiral bound, 8-1/2" x 11" book of 91
pages. It is also available for a variety of eReaders. I
have posted images of the front cover, table of contents,
introduction, dedication and back cover in Part 45 of my
blog. "The Search For My Perfect Swing Part 45".
Skip over to Part 46 for an example of Amazons' Kindle
eReader version. This brand new book, just published, is
available through The Book Patch. Select the "Our
Store" tab above for ordering information for the printed
book. Select the "Books" tab above for more information
about the contents and eReader availability.
Hilfling Trident is out of production, but can be pitched at
any sanctioned NHPA tournament.
Patriot2 is now on sale and selling for $47.50 plus
$11.50 shipping. The Patriot2 is NHPA approved, and is part
of the Tribute Series and honors all Vietnam
The Hilfling Warrior is now on sale
and selling for $47.50 plus $11.50 shipping. The Warrior is
NHPA approved, and is part of the Tribute Series and honors
all U.S. Marines.
The Coastie is currently at
the foundry and awaiting prototype casting. The Coastie is
part of the Tribute Series and honors all members of the
U.S. Coast Guard.
the Hilfling Horseshoes home page.
This web site
introduces a new concept in horseshoe design for the flip or
turn. Let me give you a quick tour. First, the fidgety guy on
the left is "Ringertime", the company mascot. He'll follow you
as you browse. Enter his personal space and he'll show off the
unique sound of a GrabIt ringer. Select him and he'll take you
to the GrabIt room. The logo top left, is the company name and
the reason for our existence. The image top right, is a
graphic representing the typical flight of a horseshoe. The
"Why?" is our history. "Our Store" is where you can buy our
horseshoes and take advantage of a couple of discounts. A
little sparse at the moment. There are dedicated pages for
each of the family members. "Register" allows you to register
your purchase to begin the warranty period. "Links" takes you
to horseshoe related web sites. "Troubleshooting" discusses
some grip and swing issues.
A Little Background
In late 2008, I was forced to move
from 40 feet to 30 feet due to a knee problem. I had to change
my release from turning to flipping. At the same time I was
working on my technique and was telling my story on my blog Horseshoes My Way, "The Search for My
Perfect Swing". My target audience was the beginner, elder,
youth and women, generally the flip pitcher. I had started
pitching in the fall of 2007 and by the end of 2009 had
reached a 55.6% sanctioned ringer average. I was very happy
with the progress, but, frustrated by the number of rejects
caused by bounceback. I considered a bounceback as a perfectly
thrown horseshoe that hits the stake squarely and bounces
straight back. Thus, became the challenge -- how to eliminate
The Challenge Accepted
I purchased a high speed camera
and recorded impacts both turned and flipped. Square impact
was the problem. I discuss the process in more detail under
the "Why?". I designed four horseshoes to conform to the shape
of the parabolic curve, calculated to direct each horseshoe to
be caught by the stake. After completing the Viking, I videoed
the results and the design was proven. I posted the video on
YouTube and began receiving requests for purchase. I did the
same with the GrabIt, also generating requests for purchase. I
decided to produce a pair of lighter GrabIt Lites to satisfy
the need for a lighter shoe. Thus, the decision was made to go
into production with the GrabIt and GrabIt Lite.
The Patriot2 and Warrior Recently Joined the
Family (Now Taking Orders)
During 2011 I decided to create a
Tribute Series of 6 shoes dedicated to the military services
and the Vietnam Veteran. I designed all 6 horseshoes that
consisted of the Trident (USN), Coastie (USCG), Ranger (USA),
Aviator (USAF), Warrior (USMC) and Patriot (Vietnam Veteran).
The Trident is out of production. The Patriot is the second to
go into production as of March 30, 2014. The Patriot tab above
describes the unique features of the Patriot. There are also
tabs for the Patriot2 and Warrior (see above).
Thanks for stopping by. If you
have any questions or comments, send me an email.