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How To Throw An Axe at BATL

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How To Throw An Axe

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The Backyard Axe Throwing League pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing back in 2006, so it’s no surprise that we’re known across the world as the best at what we do. It all started with a group of friends were bored at a cottage outside of Toronto and decided to throw an axe at a stump. Little did they know that this innocent way to pass the time would soon evolve into the creation of a worldwide sport. Upon returning home to Toronto, BATL founder and CEO Matt Wilson decided to set up a target in his backyard and invite some friends over to show them just how cathartic throwing a sharp axe into wood could be. A point system was created, and soon enough a group of 8 friends would meet every week and engage in some friendly competition. 8 friends quickly grew to 16, and 16 quickly grew to 32. Before he knew it, Matt was hosting 2 full leagues of a total of 60+ per night in his backyard, not including all the spectators that would stop by to catch a glimpse of our exciting new sport.

It’s 2019, and BATL now has 15 locations across North America. You can find the Backyard Axe Throwing League in Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, Calgary, and Hamilton in Canada; and Chicago, Novi/Detroit, Nashville, Scottsdale, and Houston in the US. It truly has never been easier to experience the unique thrill of axe throwing with BATL. Worried that your skills may not yet be developed for the sport of urban axe throwing? We’ve devised a handy guide to help you out with your axe throwing game. Check out these tips from our resident axe gurus:

Basics / Your Axe Throwing Stance

  • It’s always good to start with the basics. These tips will help you get ready to throw your axe:
  • It’s important to start with your opposite foot forward, in order to create balance with your dominant leg.
  • When you’re throwing, it’s important to remember two things: lean in, and follow through.
  • Keep your arms straight and your eyes level with the target on the board. This will keep you focused, and help you with aiming.

How to Aim Your Axe

Now that you’ve got your stance, the next step is to aim your axe. These are some things to keep in mind:

  • Keep your eyes on the target – look directly at where you want the axe to go, and throw!
  • Aiming is all muscle memory, so try to replicate your motions every time you have a successful throw.
  • Two Handed Throwing Technique

This is the standard technique that we’ve been teaching our guests for the last 13 years:

  • Place your dominant hand at the bottom of the axe
  • Wrap your other hand around your dominant hand
  • Keep your thumbs off the back of your axe
  • Bring the axe all the way back
  • Lean in all the way forward while releasing your axe
  • One Handed Throwing Technique
  • We always recommend starting with two hands, but there is a certain allure to the one handed throw.

Keep these things in mind when throwing with one hand:

  • Keep your thumb off the back of the axe
  • Keep your elbow in
  • Don’t bring your arm across your body when releasing (like a baseball pitcher)
  • Less is more. You don’t have to throw your hardest

The Big Axe

One of the most exciting parts of axe throwing, the big axe can be daunting. But really, it’s just like throwing a hatchet. Here are some tips to help you master the big axe:

  • Always use both hands on the axe, stacked on the handle like you’re holding a baseball bat with your dominant hand on top
  • The big axe takes longer to rotate – you’ll need to stand back 5 feet from the hatchet throwing line
  • It’s imporant to bring the axe all the way back, to generate more power due to the weight
  • Aim high!
  • Adusting Your Throw

There’s always a learning curve when learning a new skill. It’s helpful to identify issues and correct your throw as you learn. These are some possible adjustments you can make:

  • Standing further or closer to adjust axe rotation issues
  • Move your stance from left to right to compensate for accuracy
  • Adjusting your power levels to improve your control

If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be hitting bullseyes in no time. Now that you have a grasp of the basics of axe throwing, you just need to figure out what Backyard Axe Throwing League experience is best for you. BATL offers many ways to get involved with axe throwing, suited to any and every event.

Walk-in Axe Throwing: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL has you covered.

Private Event Bookings: Our private event group bookings are offered for groups of 2 and up and are perfectly suited for any occasion – adult birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate team building, or just an outing with friends. Private event bookings include one on one coaching from our expert staff, followed by a round robin tournament and playoff and last from 2-2.5 hours.

Weekly League Play: Looking to master how to throw an axe at BATL? Then check out our weekly axe throwing leagues. Our leagues are the perfect excuse to get together with friends, make a few new ones and enjoy a little competition. With no experience necessary you’ll compete individually while receiving tips from our friendly coaches – and plenty of time to hang out between throwing.

Find the axe throwing experience that is right for you, and plan a trip to BATL: the Backyard Axe Throwing League for your next outing!

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