Whether it’s for a bachelor party in Nashville or just the desire to learn a new and interesting hobby, axe throwing can offer a change of pace. Throw Nashville has kicked off an official Nashville axe throwing league. Though we have coaching available, we thought it would be a great idea to offer a few pointers before you get started.
The first thing to understand about the sport of axe throwing is the rules and safety. Zones either go green or red, in a similar way to gun ranges. Throwers throw their axes at the same time when zones are green. After that, they are red and no one can throw. This is so you don’t accidentally axe your best friend in the head.
Remember these steps for throwing!
Second, there is a slight difference between throwing full size axes and smaller hatchets, but throwing either requires some practice and correct technique. A few steps to remember while throwing are:
• Visualize your target and step up to the line.
• For larger axes, grip the bottom like a baseball bat, with your dominant hand on top. You will need to stand further away from the target for a full rotation.
• Raise the axe directly over your head, making sure the blade is completely straight, and bring it forward in a throwing motion.
• When your arm is parallel to the ground, let go of the axe and watch it fly.
• Straight wrists and good technique trump power. Don’t try and show off too much at your unique Nashville bachelor party. You have to show your bros that you did your research.
If you still can’t seem to land your axe in the target (it takes a few tries for most people), you may need to make changes to your stance, distance or rotation.
Watch how your axe flies through the air and make adjustments accordingly.
When it is under rotating, move back to give it some more room to move (obviously, do the opposite if the axe is over rotating). If the axe lands too high, release it later. If it lands too low, release a bit earlier.