What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear that someone’s going axe throwing? You probably think it’s some sort of an epic battle reenactment or weird medieval times thing. And you probably think there will be mead. What you might not realize is that axe throwing is a sport, and the latest trend sweeping the city. If you want to learn more about axe throwing near you, and about general rules, check out our axe throwing basics.
Axe throwing is a sport
It’s all about fair play, being nice to each other, and showing some true sportsmanship. Typically axe throwing sessions usually go in a similar way. You book a session with your friends, typically six to eight people, and the session begins with a quick intro to axe throwing and a lesson by a trained coach. Next you compete against your friends in a classic tournament style. The grand finale is a one-on-one completion to determine the ultimate winner.
The whole event lasts from two to three hours, that’s including the prep time and actual throwing. The price for group bookings is between $30 and $40 per person. There is no need to carry your own axe around with you (whew!) as they are given to each participant at the venue.
Axe throwing is a workout
To be safe when throwing axes you need to learn proper technique—you will be shocked how much of an upper body workout this is. You need to use all your upper arm strength and your core. It is a super demanding activity, and you’ll feel the burn for days afterward.
We swear, it’s totally safe
You have to sign a waiver and stuff, you know, just in case. But we swear it is totally safe. There are numerous trained professionals at these axe throwing venues and you and your friends will be supervised at all times. Even if you go for drop-in hours, each session begins with an experienced coach making sure you know how to safely handle the axe.
You can axe throw your way
If you’re not interested in getting the whole gang together, you can always go it alone. There are some places with walk-in hours, where you can just drop by. Some places have axe throwing leagues which last seven to eight weeks where you can secure your spot individually. If you want to save some cash, then look out the drop-in sessions at the axe throwing location nearest you.
It’s a great choice for a fun night out
When it comes to hanging out with friends, more and more people are opting for unusual activities that shake up the day-to-day. Axe throwing is the newest way to get out and have a great time. People go out for a night of axe throwing when they want have fun, compete with their friends, and unwind. It’s also is a popular choice for team building events, bachelors, bachelorettes, birthday parties, and even dates. Some places will even let you bring in your own food and (non-alcoholic) drinks.
How to throw an axe?
Every place has its own coaches and professionals who will explain the rules and teach you how to throw an axe—but the basics are the same no matter where you are. You need to stand straight and hold the axe with a firm grip like you would a baseball bat. The blade mustn’t be rotated to the left or right, it should be completely straight when you swing it. You can bring the axe back over your head, using both of your hands, and swing it straight forward, so when you release it the axe makes a single rotation in order to hit the target. The advanced players use one hand technique, but that method requires more training. You release axe only when your arm is parallel to the ground. This happens in a quick motion, so practice makes perfect!
If you want to try something new, have fun and socialize with interesting people, then axe throwing is for you. Check out your local axe throwing lane and start channeling your inner lumberjack today!
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