If you’ve ever wondered how satisfying it might be to throw an axe at a target for no reason with a beer in tow, then look no further: it’s actually a sport!
Going for a night of axe throwing at your nearby axe-throwing venue is the perfect way to spend time with your friends and loved ones. It recreates all the qualities of dangerous fun in a safe and secure environment.
It is exciting, affordable, and a novel way to bond with someone. What better way is there to build a bond with a new friend or possible romantic partner than to hurl sharp tools at some targets? Not only would you get props for taking someone on a unique date, but you might also get to develop new skills as a couple together—just in time for the zombie apocalypse.
But before you go on that date or family outing to the nearest axe-throwing center, it might be useful to brush up on the proper techniques of hurling sharp, wood-cutting implements. Axe-throwing might be a new sport, but it is still a potentially dangerous one. As such, it is important to have the proper technique.
Here are just some of the things you have to acquaint yourself with to develop your skills in axe-throwing:
1. Safety precautions
There are a few things you should be aware of when throwing an axe. First is the direction of the blade. It has to be facing away from your body and towards the target. Second is the people behind you. Accidents can happen if someone is standing directly behind you, so it is good to hold off throwing until you’re sure it’s safe. Finally, it is important to wait until the target and the area surrounding it are clear of people.
2. The proper stance
This is where axe-throwing begins. Your stance will determine how effectively kinetic energy travels through your body and into the axe. Face the target head-on and space out your feet to the width of your shoulders. This not only maximizes the efficiency of your throw but keeps you safe from smacking yourself with the back end of the axe.
3. The correct grip
With your dominant hand, grip firmly but gently on the handle of the axe with either one or two hands. For beginners, it is best to use two hands. Make sure the blade is facing away from you and towards the target.
4. The perfect throw
If you’re a beginner, try to aim about 30 centimetres above the bullseye. Raise the axe above your head and then swing downward. At the same time, you should step forward with the leg opposite your dominant hand in order to amplify the strength of the throw and maintain your balance.
A proper throw also always ends with the throwing hand pointing directly towards the bullseye after release.
Axe-throwing is not new, but it is an awesomely fun way to spend your time. It can relieve stress (especially if you bring pictures of your stressors to throw at), strengthen bonds, and provide all-around good fun in a safe way.
If you’re curious about where to go axe throwing in Vancouver, send us at Urban Axe Throwing a message. We are the city’s premier axe-throwing venue, and we’re open to hosting large parties and group events.