Looking Out for an Adrenaline-inducing Hobby? Go Axe Throwing!

Axe whooping – Indoor Axe Throwing

Axe throwing is regarded as a recreational activity that invites people who love extreme sports and wish to release rage by hurling their axes on a wooden log.

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Evolution of the axe

Axes are one of the oldest tools used by men and has become quite a sports favorite lately, that are common in bars and recreational facilities. This is considered as an active entertainment to invite your friends and family for an axe throwing dare where you need to hit the bullseye using an axe to score points.

It is an ideal sport for any occasion like the bachelorette, birthday parties, corporate team building or a date night. Yes, you heard it right!

A long time ago…

Axes were very popular in the Viking culture. Earlier, stone axes were used without a handle but the modern axes have a steelhead and wooden handle made depending on the size, form and uses. In the sport of axe throwing, there are three types of axes.

Hatchet They are mostly used by beginners as it is lightweight and easy to hang up anywhere. It has a short handle, often with a hammer at the back and commonly known as hand axes, scout axes, and hatchets.

Tomahawk This is a single-handed axe from North America. It was used by Native Americans for hunting purposes and was later passed on to the European colonials with whom they traded. Tomahawks are similar to a hatchet except for a thin blade and extended handles. Today, they are prominently used in axe throwing bars.

Splitting axes This one is for the lumberjacks who are strong enough to hold and cut a wooden log into 2 halves with just one strike.

Mythology associated with axes

Traditionally, stone axes were known as thunderbolts and widely used to guard buildings against lightning, and mystically believed that lightning would never strike the same place twice.

    • The steel axes were placed in crop fields with the cutting edge pointing towards the sky; believing that it would protect the crops from bad weather.

    • A standing axe buried inside the sill plate of the house kept away witches.

    • An axe placed under the bed signified male offspring.

It all started in the early days of America wherein Native Americans used a tomahawk, as it was their valuable hand-to-hand weapon and that’s the reason they did not throw it in battle.

Later, they started with tournaments where several people used to gather for axe throwing tournaments and trading. The tradition continues with tonnes of indoor axe throwing companies booming in Canada and the U.S. There are professional tournaments and leagues too.

These urban axe throwing facilities are preferred as it gives a hip place to party and a unique way to remove your rage or stress.

If you are a beginner and planning to give it a go, then you ought to read these tips.

Guide to choosing the ‘perfect’ throwing axe

If you are in love with the axe throwing sounds and the rusty looking warehouse and have been dreaming about your wooden target frequently, then you can participate in professional tournaments too.

Whatever type or style of hatchet you choose, make sure it falls under the organization’s specifications. Choose the one that gives you a feeling of ownership and works best for your throwing mechanics.

But, for that, you need to have an eye of a professional while selecting your axe for different top-class tournaments. Head down for some quick guidelines.

A Standard Hatchet

World Axe Throwing League (WATL)


Axe Weight: Maximum up to 2 Lbs

Handle: Wood, plastic or steel

Length: 12 inches (at least)

Blade length: 4.75 inches (approx.)

Make sure that you are thorough with the WATL rules. They allow you to choose a different style of axe with a handle made from any material.

If you are a beginner and planning to give it a go, then you ought to read these tips.

There are two major ways of axe throwing:

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Two-handed over the head
  • Take your position by placing one foot behind the starting line.

  • Chalk your hands (for better control) before you firmly hold the axe at the bottom of the handle.

  • Grip the axe with one hand and the other one over it.

  • Take a step forward as you lift the axe over the head and hit the target like throwing a soccer ball.

  • Make sure you keep your body and arms in the same direction along with your eyes glued to your target.

One-handed over the shoulder
  • Start by placing one foot behind the line.

  • Place the axe beside your leg.

  • Step forward while lifting the axe over your shoulders.

  • Keep your arms and body in the same motion as you release the axe before throwing it to the target.

Disclaimer: In both, don’t use too much wrist motion, just gently release your grip and the axe will move forward with your momentum.

Choose the right way depending on the type of wood being used. If it’s a hardwood, then you may require more power and opt for two-handed over the head method. One-handed over the shoulder would be apt if your axe is light and doesn’t require much force.

Remember this:

  • Stand straight and have a firm grip while you keep your head straight and perpendicular to the target.

  • Don’t rotate the head of the axe or it may shift you towards the side a bit and make it less likely to fling the axe towards your target.

First-timers will probably face such issues:

  • When your axe is constantly landing head first, that means you are over-rotating your axe and need to take a step ahead a little (if permitted). Use a lighter axe with the same tactic and it will surely work.

  • If you keep under rotating, choose a shorter handle and move further back. Also, remember a heavy axe will get that rotation going faster and result in the blade sticking in your target more frequently.

Axe throwing bars or venues can be dangerous when people are throwing sharp equipment if they have gulped down a beer or wine. Don’t worry; these activities occur in a closed containment with nets on both sides for a pair of two.

You will be provided with on-site instructions on handling the axe and constant monitored while performing. Almost all such avenues have some fixed set of rules that are mandatory to follow:

House rules include:

  • No open-toed shoes
  • Don’t carry axes past the ‘throw zone’
  • Keep hands off chain link fence
  • No throwing with excessive force
  • Check if your instrument is loose or damaged
  • Over intoxicated individuals will not be allowed to play
  • No throwing of axes when an individual is inside the lane

Axe Whopping, an indoor axe throwing company in Denver is an excellent choice to get your friends together and take part in weekly leagues and experience this unique sport. Walk-in for a visit to our venue and you will surely fall in love with axe throwing. Visit us now!