Keen to sharpen your axe throwing skills but not sure where to start? Here’s a list of basic pointers to help you slice through the pine like a skilled viking warrior!
Back to basics: Check your technique
While all of this sounds and looks simple, if you don’t have the fundamentals in place you won’t be able to progress.
you’ve got the movement sorted, it’s time to check the landing
If your axe isn’t sticking to the board, take time to assess why. After throwing your axe, watch it as it hits the board, if it hits the handle and falls, check out note 2. If the axe is hitting with the top of the head, read note 3. If you can’t see how the axe is landing it’s probably because you’re throwing too hard! Remember axe throwing is about technique, not strength so ease up a bit!
Mixing it up- experiment to find your style!
Now your axe is landing consistently, you can start tweaking your style. Just like with a science experiment try to only change one variable at a time so you can accurately see whether that variable is improving your accuracy.
Some variables you may want to test:
One Hand Variations:
Two Hand Variation:
Finally, practice makes perfect, our Sunday Axe Addicts sessions are a great place to practice and learn from other throwers. Our axe-perts are always here to help and you can always check out our "How to Throw an Axe" playlist on Youtube!
Brittany is our Head Axe-pert in Auckland, her passion for axe throwing coupled with a background as an elementary school teacher make her a fantastic axe throwing coach!