If you are a beginner to the world of axe throwing, you know there is an axe involved and a target to throw it towards. But do you know what the “head” is referring to? Or what a “kill shot” means? Show up to your axe throwing date looking like a pro by brushing up on these common phrases, equipment, and terminology.
- Axe: We’re starting off with the most important thing in axe throwing – the axe itself. This is the device used to throw, which is actually more commonly called a hatchet. Some axe throwing venues will offer full-sized axes or other throwing devices for variety and extra challenge.
- Bullseye: When the axe hits (and sticks) in the middle red circle of the target, this is called a bullseye, which is one of the best possible shots.
- Drop: If the axe does not stick in the target and falls, no points are scored, and it is considered a drop.
- Handle: On the axe, this is the base where a thrower will grip.
- Head: The axe blade, also known as the pointy part that you’re trying to stick in the target.
- Kill shot: This is a fun type of shot that a thrower will call before they throw the axe. There are two small dots located on either side of the upper part of the target. A kill shot must hit one of these dots and will gain them 8 points. This is a higher-risk target and, once called, a player cannot redact their intention. If you are on your last throw with nothing to lose and everything to gain, it can potentially steal you the win!
- Lane: This is the field where axes are thrown, including the walls and ceiling. Lanes are fenced for safety, and players should not walk down their lane while axes are being thrown. Each lane will have a marker, like bowling, which you cannot step past while throwing your axe.
- Match: Traditional axe throwing games are called matches, each involving a set of three rounds.
- Perfect Round: If all axes hit the bullseye in one round, you have achieved perfection!
- Rotation: Proper axe rotation allows the axe to spin naturally when being thrown, causing it to stick in its mark. If you are under- or over-rotating when you throw, your instructor can offer tips to help you position closer or further away from the target to get a better rotation.
- Target: There are four different point areas, and you are aiming for the middle for the best score. If your axe hits a line between point areas, the higher point will be tallied.
Now that you know what you are holding and aiming at, you are ready to take on axe throwing! Instructors are always available and love providing tips, advice, and tricks to help you master your throw. This is a very beginner-friendly experience that will have you hooked in no time. Book a lane at Raider’s Axe Gallery & Entertainment to give axe throwing a spin.