Axe throwing is considered an ancient sport, as we talk about sport, either be axe throwing, football, basketball, cricket, volleyball, squash, polo, and the list is long.
All these above-mentioned sports have few things in common which includes starting, stopping, jumping, and most important speed. All these things come under a word TECHNIQUE. To be a champion in particular sport one must know when to begin and when to stop himself. And should be master in knowing the intensity of throwing either ball or axe and at a particular angle.
Anyone can learn axe throwing but to be a champion one must learn and practice its technique. There are tons of coaching around the globe teaching and making people master in it.
Even people with visual and physical disabilities can play this sport. To be pro at axe throwing like all other games, consistency is the key.
Fundamentally throwing an axe is easier than throwing a knife. Because in throwing an axe heavy blade does most of the work. A little accuracy makes the axe fling in the air and hit the right place.
As we talk about axe throwing, the size of an axe is very important. A hatchet or an axe must be between 12 to 14 inches (32 to 37cm). The hatchet should be held by hand with firmly with fist grip.
Other sports require strength and power. Axe throwing is all about rules, techniques, procedure and 3 factors. Rules for axe throwing are set up by NATIONAL AXE THROWING FEDERATION. Like every other sport have set of rules decided by their federations.
Axe is thrown 14 feet away from the target and more forward to 9 feet once throw is complete. When you throw an axe it takes one complete rotation in the air.
So when we talk about hand placement, axe should be held at 90 degrees upwards towards the sky. Throwing at this angles makes axe hit accurately at the bullseye. Axe should land on the target at the same angle to which it was released. One needs to get closer to the wood if after hitting the wood axe bounces back. As we reduce the distance, the rotation of an axe reduces accordingly.
Standing posture plays a huge role in having a perfect throw right at the target. So a player needs to stand on its toes and lean towards the target. Axe should be held by both hands, dominant hand on the axe and supporting one around the knuckles. Arms fully stretched and elbows should not bend.
Now when you are in this position, bring your axe above your head, in between your shoulder blades at 90 degrees. But it should be noted head of an axe must be facing the ground. At the point, your back is also being scratched. Axe should be in line with your spine and not perpendicular to it.
As mentioned above you must be on your toes and lead foot should not be lifted up as major power and momentum are acquired from it. Now when you throw it you must be careful you don’t flick your wrist. And when you throw it there is a possibility you may fall on your face it can only be avoided when you immediately take a step forward just like a swan pose in yoga. And if you exert power more than it requires it will fall back in your face. Make sure to lock your wrist and release it at your eye