Axe Throwing may sound a bit odd to most of you, associating with some really niche activity. But in fact, the sport is getting more and popular, winning the hearts of many Americans and now conquering European markets. What It’s like and how to become an axe throwing master? Hopefully our guidebook will explain you everything!
What do you need to throw axes?
An axe and the target. Of course, it is the simplified version of the answer. The truth is that it’s really important to have an expert, who will guide you, at least when you’re beginning your axe throwing adventure. Therefore you will also need a club or a venue, when you can do it (like Bad Axe throwing club in Krakow).
How the axe is constructed?
Of course, there are some differences across various axes, however the general makeup of an axe stays pretty similar in all types. At the beginning, it’s enough for you to know that every axe features a handle and a head. The head has always a cutting edge, that can be shaped differently, depending on the type of axe you want to use. It is fastened to the axe handle, either a straight or a slightly angled one.
Why it is important to have an instructor?
Axes may be not the safest tools, when you don’t know how to handle them properly. That is why, unless you want to end up with some injury, you shall absolutely look for some instructor, who will guide you through the throwing process. Fortunately, all indoor axe throwing clubs have a trained personnel, who will be happy to train you and provide a fully safe, enjoyable experience for all of you.
How to throw an axe?
Basically there are two main techniques, one of which is recommendable for the beginners.
Two handed axe throw – An easier way to do it, especially when you throw axe for the first time in your life. Take your starting position with one foot behind the line. Chalk one of your hands and grip the axe at the bottom of its handle. Fold your other hand (unchalked) over the one holding the axe and grip it. Line up your shoot and in one smooth motion, step forward while lifting the axe above your head and release it, throwing it in front of you. The movement shall be fluid, therefore it’s good to keep your arms moving in the same direction after throwing the axe.
One handed throw – Also a basic throwing technique, although requiring a bit more strength. The basic steps stay the same as with the two-handed throw. However, you’ll probably have to adjust your lining up to be slightly on either side of the bullseye.
If you want to obtain a better control of your axe, chalk up your one of your hands before throwing. The tool will slide out easier when you reach its release point. Although you don’t have to chalk hands, it’s good, because it enhances your accuracy and improves the chance of hitting exactly the bullseye.
Practice makes perfect!
Don’t worry. Nobody gets born with axe throwing skills. However, you can master them throughout your life, coming individually or with friends, to e.g. Bad Axe throwing club in Krakow.