If you’re looking to throw some axes, whether it’s at an axe throwing facility or out in the woods, this guide will show you everything you need to know to have an absolute blast throwing axes accurately and safely.
3. The Targets – When you go to an axe throwing venue, they will usually be using one of the following target types.
IATF Target: Going from the outer ring to the inner ring, you are awarded 1 point, 3 points, and 5 points for sticking your axe in the target. The green dots, or “clutch”, are worth 7 points when applicable.
WATL Target: Going from the outer ring to the inner ring, you are awarded 1 point, 2 points, 3 points, 4 points, and 6 points for sticking your axe in the target. The blue dots, or “killshots”, are worth 8 points when applicable.
4. Safety – There are a few key points to keep in mind when axe throwing to ensure everone’s safety.
A few reasons your axe might not stick in the board would be over-rotating, wrist flicking (a type of over-rotating), under-rotating, or pancaking (land on the side of the axe face).
Cues to correct over-rotating:
With the static two-handed throw, you want to avoid flicking your wrists. Some things to look for that will hint that you’re wrist flicking are severe over-rotation, and if you’re throwing motion feels or looks kind of you’re shooting a basketball.
Cues to correct a wrist flick:
Cues to correct under-rotating:
Cues to correct pancaking:
Once you’ve got the two-handed static throw figured out, try giving some of these other throws a shot.
Here’s a video going over a one-handed throw.