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December 9, 2017

A lesson in the basics

How to do a two-handed ax throw:

  1. Start with your feet together.
  2. Holding the hatchet securely near the end of the handle, raise it above and behind your head with two hands.
  3. Step forward with your less dominant foot, using your more dominant foot for stabilization.
  4. Keeping your focus on the bulls-eye, bring the hatchet forward with two hands.
  5. Once your hands are even with the line of the bulls-eye, release the hatchet.
  6. Follow through. The goal is to have the hatchet do one full revolution before sticking securely in the wooden bulls-eye.

How to do a one-handed ax throw:

  1. Start with your feet together.
  2. Place the ax in your throwing hand—the hand you’d use to throw a baseball or Frisbee. Hold the handle securely near the end.
  3. Step forward with your less dominant foot, using your more dominant foot for stabilization. “Really step into it,” says Josberger, “as if you’re a pitcher throwing a baseball.”
  4. Keeping your eye on the target, bring the hatchet forward, and release it once it’s level with the line of sight between you and the bulls-eye. On the release, use a karate-chop motion instead of a wrist-flicking motion, which is the most common mistake people make, Josberger says. “Fight the flick.”
  5. Follow through with a stiff wrist. Releasing too early results in too many revolutions and hitting the target too high. Releasing too late results in hitting the target too low. Not following through with a stiff wrist can result in a wobbly throw, or the ax not sticking into the wood.
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