How to Throw an Axe: The Proper Axe Throwing Technique Explained

Did you know that the World Axe Throwing League (WATL) is the largest professional association for axe throwing in the world? If you are interested in picking up this as a sport but are not even sure how to throw an axe properly, you are in the right place. We have put together this short guide to share some axe throwing for beginner’s tips. 

Keep reading to learn our top tips to level up your axe throwing technique.

1. Your Grip

Before you throw your axe, you have to hold it and grip it correctly. Make sure that you hold your thumb against the back of the axe handle to help keep it straight and to help you be more accurate while you are throwing the axe. Do not start with your axe behind your head, start by holding it out in front of you.  

A major key is to keep the axe blade pointing straight at the target the entire time. 

2. Swing Time

Believe it or not, there is more than one way to throw an axe. You can opt to do it underhand, two-handed overhead, or one-handed overhead. If you are just starting out then you might want to start with the two-handed overhead because it is usually easier:

Wrap both of your hands toward the bottom of the axe handle, while keeping your dominant hand on top. Bring the axe behind your head while making sure it is straight back and not to one side. Make it one fluid motion without speeding up or slowing down while you throw. 

3. Release It

Now, it is time to let it go when the axe is almost right in front of your face. As soon as you release the axe keep your hands moving either by your sides or behind you to help you get the right rotation. Do not worry about flicking your wrists because the axe will rotate on its own as long as you throw it with some power. 

When you are releasing the axe it is more like letting it go at the right time rather than throwing the axe. When you are just starting out we highly recommend going to an axe throwing venue where someone is happy to show you proper throwing techniques and give you any pointers in person. You can find out more about going to a place like this to level up your axe throwing skills even more.

Now You Know How to Throw an Axe

We hope that now that you read about how to throw an axe, you are feeling a little more confident about axe throwing. Make sure to always keep axe throwing safety in mind to ensure you or anyone around you is not hurt in the process.

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