How did this become a thing? I don’t know. I don’t care. All I know is that it is a lot of fun.
I fully expected to have to wear some kind of helmet or head protection to throw an axe. Nope. There was no personal protection gear of any kind. How refreshing!
When I arrived at the axe-throwing establishment they didn’t even have closed-in cages for the well area in which you throw. A thick rope was all that separated axe-throwers from non-axe-throwers.
At the facility we went to each party was given a well with two boards and four axes. Two of the axes were heavy and two were on the lighter side for faster throwing. The on-site instructor gave us guidance on how best to throw the axes.
Rules of Play & Technique
Start with your dominant leg forward, raise the axe directly above your head, take one step forward and release the axe toward the board.
One of the two players throws their axe while the other waits. No one goes to collect their axe until both players have had their turn.
If you’ve ever practiced archery, it’s the same principle. You never want to be in the range of the target while other people are shooting, or in this case, throwing.
The game is played on a point system. The more points you earn, the better your chances of winning.
If your axe lands within the blue ring you earn 1 point. You get 3 points for sticking your axe inside the red ring and 5 points for landing inside the black ring.
You can call ‘clutch’ before your toss, aim for the green dots, and if you successfully strike one of them earn yourself 7 points. If you miss the green dots you earn zero points during your round.
Since we were a fairly large group each person got 5 consecutive tosses. Whoever had the most points at the end won.
The New Batting Cages For Adults
The whole experience reminded me of the batting cages I would hit in as a kid. It was fun, dangerous and yet you were expected to understand that you needed to be responsible for your own safety at all times. That part of the experience was understanding the importance of being aware of your surroundings. But most of all, to have fun!
When you get tired of axe-throwing, you can turn your attention to a game called stump.
Have you gone axe-throwing? Tell me all about it.