December 18, 2022

Axe Throwing Myths #1

“I have to be strong to throw an axe”. Not true, at all.

Axe Throwing is a lot easier than most people think, and there is very little strength required (even to throw the “big axe”).

Not only do we have specifically designed hatchets, custom hatchets specifically made for axe throwing, but the wood we have on our targets is also specifically selected and cut for axe throwing.

We don’t do this to make it ‘easier’ for our guests, we do this to make it more FUN.

There are 2 types of throwing at the Agawam Axe House, a two-handed throw, and a single-handed throw. While two hands might seem a little easier to control the hatchet, the single-hand, or “Canadian Flick” as it’s commonly known in the sport, is a very easy throw to learn and master.

In both cases, strength doesn’t matter. Our house hatchets weigh approximately 1.75lbs. They’re designed with a heavier head and a nice, comfort-grip, lightweight handle that really allow the hatchet to do all the work. They want to fly straight, and rotate with ease.

Give axe throwing a try with a booking at the Agawam Axe House with our convenient online booking and operation 6 days a week.

Which throw is easier?

Two-handed axe throwing uses mostly your shoulders & core to throw, while the ‘Canadian Flick’ uses just your wrist and a little elbow movement. Very similar to a dart throw.
Our Coaches will show you proper technique for each throw, so if you have any issues with shoulders, elbows or wrists, we can help you learn the best throw for you!

Our Cold Steel hatchets are designed to be thrown two-handed and single-handed, so there is no downside to the throw you use.

“I was taught to throw one style, can I change it?”

Developing accuracy in a new throwing style might be easier than you think. When you book your axe throwing session at the Agawam Axe House you’ve got unlimited throwing for that 1 hour, and a skilled coach to help you. Our Coaches can help you learn a new throw, including grip, stance, distance and help you understand which one works best for you.

“I’ve heard there are leagues, do I have to learn a new throw?”

While there are rules with regards to the distance you throw from, throwing is the same. You may have to adopt the ‘typical’ IATF step-throw in order to adhere to those distances, but our Coaches are there to help you along the way. Honestly, the best way to get ready for the league is to sign up! You don’t have to be ‘good’ to join a league, leagues make you good! It’s 4 matches, per week, during which Coaches and your League Members are there to help you (It’s not as competitive as you might think).

At the Agawam Axe House we run many leagues throughout the year. We run 3 leagues per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays we have our Co-Ed (or Open) league. Wednesdays are our Women’s Leagues, and on Thursdays we run our Premier League.

All of our leagues are sanctioned by the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF) and your being a league member at the Agawam Axe House not only gets you globally ranked, but the opportunity to compete and qualify for the International Axe Throwing Championships (IATC), which take place in Toronto each year.

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