How To Throw An Axe?

Unlock the exhilarating world of axe throwing with our comprehensive guide on “How To Throw An Axe.” Whether you’re aiming for the bullseye at a professional axe-throwing range or seeking a rustic adventure in the woods, this tutorial covers all you need to know to throw axes accurately and safely.

A Comprehensive Guide to Safely and Accurately Hitting the Mark for Beginners and Thrill-Seekers.”

The Sport:

Axe throwing is a relatively new sport that is becoming more and more popular. The two main league kinds are IATF and WATL, with a few minor variations in the goals they pursue and the regulations they adhere to. You aim your axe at a target, and the more accurately you hit it, the more points you receive.

The Axes:

A hatchet is typically used for throwing, but a felling axe (large axe) may also be employed on occasion.

The Goals:

One of the following target types will often be used when you visit an axe throwing location.

IATF Target:

You receive 1, 3, and 5 points for driving your axe into the target as you move from the outer to inner ring. When applicable, the green dots, or “clutch,” are worth 7 points.

WATL Target:

When you stick your axe in the target while moving from the outside to the inner ring, you receive 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 points, respectively. When applicable, the blue dots, often known as “kill shots,” are worth 8 points.


In order to ensure everyone’s safety when axe throwing, there are a few important considerations.

  • Before tossing your axe, make sure the area is free of obstructions.
  • Before advancing to grab your axe, wait until it is safely lying on the ground or trapped in the board.
  • To stick the axe, not much power is required. The axe may bounce back at you if you throw it too forcefully or with an improper rotation.
  • Recognize the sharpness of your axe.

How To Throw An Axe

How to Throw An Axe Static with Two Hands (with a hatchet)

  • Pick up the axe with your dominant hand, holding it loosely yet firmly at the base of the handle.
  • Put your opposing foot 170 inches from the target, or at the front of the throwing line.
  • Put your fist in the bulls eye and extend your arm out in front of you with the hand holding the axe.
  • Your wrist should be locked while the axe is held perpendicular to your forearm.
  • For support and direction, encircle your non dominant hand around your dominant hand.
  • Breathe in, shift your weight to your back foot, and draw the axe back over your head.
  • As you start to exhale, puff up your chest, lead with your chest, move your body and axe towards the target, shift your weight to your front foot, and release at the bulls eye.

Adjustments for Dropped Axes

Your axe may not stick in the board for a variety of reasons, including over-rotating, under-rotating, pancaking, and wrist flicking (which is a form of over-rotating) (land on the side of the axe face).


Cues to stop over rotating include:

  • With your dominant hand, place your thumb up on the handle’s back.
  • Grip the axe ½ to 1 inch higher (unless you have a problem with wrist flicking).
  • Advance toward the objective.

Wrist flicking

It’s important to refrain from flicking your wrists when throwing static with two hands. Severe over-rotation and a throwing action that resembles shooting a basketball are two signs to watch out for that indicate wrist flicking.

Correction cues for a wrist flick:

  • Your wrists with a lock
  • Verify that your axe is parallel to your arms.
  • Spread your hands wide and extend your arms as if you were flinging muck or dust at the wall.
  • Straighten your elbows more.
  • Lower the axe’s grip in your hand.
  • When you release the axe, lean forward, fling your hands in the direction of the target, and then follow through by lowering your arms past your legs.
  • Step up to the board.


Cues to stop under rotating include:

  • Your pinky should be below the shelf when you lower your grasp on the axe.
  • Distance yourself from the target.
  • Bring the axe behind your head while bending your elbows on the drawback. 


Signals to stop pancaking:

  • Relax your hold.
  • With a hand position at the beginning, make sure the axe blade is pointing straight at the target.
  • Remember to breathe in as you pull back and out as you let go.
  • On the release, extend your hands in all directions.
  • Set your shoulders and hips parallel to the board.

Various Techniques to throw an axe

Try out some of these other throws after you’ve mastered the two-handed static toss.

  • Step throw with two hands
  • Step toss with one hand
  • Throw with one hand, static


In conclusion, mastering the art of axe throwing involves understanding the sport’s fundamentals, equipment, and safety measures. With insights into static two-handed throws, adjustments for dropped axes, and various throwing techniques, you’re equipped to embark on your axe-throwing journey. So, gather your courage, follow these steps, and enjoy the thrill of hitting the mark with precision and safety. Get ready to impress your friends or hone your skills for a competitive league—axe throwing awaits your precision and finesse!

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