Axe throwing has been skyrocketing in popularity, and we’re not surprised. It’s a unique activity that not many people can say they’ve done before, even when it dates back to the Middle Ages, although they weren’t throwing axes for fun those days. Regardless, it’s a great way to spend a thrilling afternoon with your friends that will get your adrenaline pumping.
You may have a few questions about axe throwing, particularly the targets. After all, axes need to lodge onto something strong and rugged when thrown to ensure that it doesn’t ricochet or harm someone in the process. Here’s what you need to know about axe throwing targets:
The Best Kind of Wood for Axe Throwing Targets
There’s no doubt that axe throwing targets receive a ton of wear and tear every day, especially at Urban Axe Throwing. These wooden targets take a significant amount of beating, so they must be made out of sturdy wood. They must also last for as long as possible while ensuring that the wood is soft enough for the axe to sink into, which is a better scenario than buying a target that the axe can’t stick regularly.
Pine is an excellent kind of wood to use for axe throwing targets, and it’s also widely available. You can easily take a stump from a nearby forest or buy cheap pine at your local home and hardware store. Since they’re easy to find, replacing axe throwing targets is hardly a chore or inconvenience.
How Often You Need to Switch Out Targets
Although it’s vital to buy axe throwing targets that last a long time, it’s just as crucial to change them out as often as necessary. While this doesn’t mean that they’re swapped out as soon as they start bearing nicks, targets that are too worn out are no longer suitable for axe throwing. The axe won’t stick to it anymore, especially if it has pieces missing and it’s full of splinters. Once it starts bearing holes at the back, it’s high time to switch out targets.
However, slightly beaten up and worn targets work better than brand new ones. They tend to be less firm, which allows the axe head to lodge onto it better, thanks to the cracks and nicks present. Like many products, targets work best when they’re broken in and slightly used.
Understanding The Target Scoring
You may want to know how your throws are scored depending on where they hit on the target. It works similarly to darts since they both have target rings. Wherever your axe lands, it will land on a ring, so you’ll get the corresponding score. Sometimes, your axe head may bury itself in wood that touches two different rings. In this case, you’ll receive a higher score.
Of course, everyone knows about the bullseye, which gives you six points if you stick it right in the center of the target. Hitting the bullseye is also the fastest way to score the most points, so you’ll want to hone your throwing stances and motions to make sure you hit it as often as possible.
There’s also the clutch, which is the two little blue dots on the target’s upper right and upper left. It’s an incredibly high-risk, high-reward area since you’ll be scoring 10 points if you stick the clutch. However, if you miss, you’ll get 1 point at most.
Axe throwing is exhilarating because of the sensation of launching an axe at an intended target, but understanding how the targets work makes it even more exciting. Knowing the state of the target and the scoring areas can affect how well your axe head sticks, allowing you to take even more advantage of this adrenaline-pumping action.
Urban Axe Throwing offers indoor axe throwing in Vancouver, where our skilled coaches can show you the ropes to help you become the axe throwing champion you were meant to be. Our premium venue is perfect for drop-in sessions, group events, large parties, and even dates! Contact us today to book your session.