The fundamental indoor axe throwing techniques are both essential inside your local Axe Whooping location and out in the real world, especially in Colorado. Whether it’s your first time embarking on an axe-throwing adventure, or you’re looking to sure up your skills before competing in the local league or a tournament, there is no need to be intimidated by this fantastic sport centered around ancient Viking weaponry.
Trained axe throwing experts eager to share their knowledge are available daily at both the Denver and Boulder locations of Axe Whooping, Colorado’s premier axe throwing establishment. These experts love to help get beginners coached up on the basics of this sport, which can be dangerous while guiding you towards a fun axe throwing experience. They can also help people who have been a couple of times take their axe throwing to the next level!
If you are trying indoor axe throwing for the first time, you will find it helpful to prepare before you step up to the plate. This article will provide some background and basic techniques to help before you set out on your axe throwing expedition.
Think Before You Pick Your Axe
Your axe is your tool with which you will go to battle. You must choose wisely. Choosing the right axe is just as important as knowing how to throw them. Axes come in various sizes, shapes, weights, types, etc. The choice of weapon is yours, but here is an overview of the different types of axes you might be able to choose from:
These are tiny forest axes commonly used for recreational indoor axe throwing. They are very lightweight, small, and designed to cut through small tree branches.
This battle and hunting axe was created by the Native Americans. Tomahawks are typically thinner and lighter than regular hatchets and are a common sight at almost every axe throwing bar.
- Double Bit Axe
19th-Century Forest Workers used these hybrid axes as a multipurpose tool. Comprised of both a hatchet and a felling axe, these are the primary weapons used in many Boulder axe throwing championships.
- Felling Axe
Designed to chop wooden logs or fell trees, these axes feature a long handle with a very heavy head. The thin and sharp blade is made for cutting against the grain and usually requires a hard, sideways swing to be effective. Felling axes are sometimes used in big axe throwing competitions in order to break ties.
- Splitting Axe
Mainly used, as its name implies, to chop up or split firewood, this blade features a long handle and needs a downward swing to be effective. The sharp edge and highly concave blade shape allow for easier and more efficient splitting of wood.
You can walk in and check out any of these axes at either the Denver or Boulder location of Axe Whooping, Colorado’s premier axe throwing establishment. Visit our website to book your time and secure a coach to help you out!
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular techniques for the actual throwing of axes.
Two-Handed Technique for Newcomers
Now that you have decided on your axe and are ready to start throwing, going over some of the amateur throwing techniques can be immensely helpful. The goal for beginners can be boiled down to getting the axe to stick in the wood. Once you figure out the broad technique to get the axe into the target, the posture and movements can be worked out rather easily.
Let’s check out some beginners’ techniques, and in no time, you’ll be throwing axes like a pro!
- Get a Good Grip
Although you’ll see many different types of two-handed grips employed at any given axe throwing location, the crossed thumb grip is likely the easiest to master:
- Take your dominant hand and shake hands with the axe, just above the knob at the bottom of the handle.
- Make sure to cover your dominant hand with the palm of your non-dominant hand.
- Cross your thumbs to form an X on the back of the handle, facing you, to ensure a perfectly straight and true thrown blade.
- Maintain a Proper Stance
Now that you have the grip down, let’s focus on forming a stable foundation from which to throw safely. The best indoor axe throwing stance suggests standing straight opposite your target, stepping forward with your non-dominate foot, shifting your weight forward, and extending your arms forward to point the axe towards the target. Make sure the blade is perfectly straight and aimed at your target!
- Launch the Axe
Once the grip and stance are taken care of, it’s time to start throwing axes!
To begin, shift your weight towards your back leg while bringing the axe over your head and back behind the center of your back between your shoulder blades. Then, shift the weight back onto your front leg while bringing the axe back over your head in a single motion.
Remember to keep the axe blade aligned with the target throughout the entire throwing motion, without pronating your wrists at all.
Release the axe with both hands at the same time with your arms extended forward when your wrists start to come down below your forehead. Do not forget to continue the follow-throughout with your arms, so you end up looking like a race crossing the finish line.
- Get a Good Grip
Experts at any axe throwing bar will advise everyone not to flick their wrists, as technique is far more important than brute force. The trick is to start from a fixed position and move in one fluid motion until the end position.
Have you already mastered the two-handed technique and want to try something new? Please check with your local indoor axe throwing expert if you are ready to graduate. If you think you’re ready, check out this more advanced axe throwing technique.
One-Handed Technique for More Advanced Axe Throwers
You’ll probably want to try new techniques and expand your axe-throwing horizons once you’ve got the basics down successfully. We’ve got another, a more difficult method designed for those axe whoopers who have graduated past the simple two-handed technique for beginners: the one-handed grip.
- Get a Grip
Hold your axe firmly towards the middle-bottom of the handle with your dominant hand. This throw will be one-handed and underhand. Thus, make sure the blade is facing the target when you put your hand down.
Keep the edge straight and your wrist and elbow locked. This is essential to avoid injury, as the axe blade will swing right past your leg while you engage in the throw.
- Swing into Action
Slowly swing your arm back while keeping your wrist and elbow locked straight. Take this opportunity to make sure the axe is still facing the target, evaluate your stance, and ensure you are standing straight.
- Let it Go!
Swing your arm forward and release as the axe gets to the height of your belt buckle. You don’t need to flick your wrist, just let go of the axe and watch if fly towards the target. The more you practice, the more accurate you will get!
- Get a Grip
Now that you’ve got these techniques to work on, you need somewhere to work on them. Check out Axe Whooping, the premier axe throwing facility in Colorado. We’ve got two great locations in downtown Denver and Downtown Boulder! Whether you’re a Viking warrior reborn or a novice looking to increase your skills, Axe Whooping employees cannot wait to help you improve your skills! Visit our website to learn more and sign up today!