OiG competitive axe throwing AMA

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Why does one decide to throw an axe?
Did you nail your first throw and decide to do it competitively?
Is axe throwing a family thing?
 

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Why does one decide to throw an axe?
Did you nail your first throw and decide to do it competitively?
Is axe throwing a family thing?
I got into it thanks to my youngest sister-in-law. She was visiting over Christmas and when we were talking about fun stuff to do she said "You guys want to go axe throwing?" Turns out there was a place just a few miles from my house that opened. So we did go as family. I did not stick my first axe. That's pretty tricky to do because it takes some time figuring out your axe rotation and the distance you should throw from. I did get decent enough at it that first night, and part of the appeal was the experience of burying a bullseye, walking up to the target, and giving the axe a tug to get it out of the wood because it was buried so deep. Very satisfying. It felt right.

I won the little tournament we had as a family that night and the guys that own the place told us they were starting a league. One of my brothers-in-law was game to do the league, so we did. Extra bit of satisfaction - I eliminated him from the tournament at the end of the season. He was better in the regular season, I brought my game up a notch when it came time for the playoffs. Yes, I plan on lording that over him. Forever.
 

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Did you grow up throwing axes, or are you a late in life axe thrower.
Late in life. This is a recent thing.

However, it is a spiritual experience, and I feel like the old soul in me was awakened once I started throwing axes.
 

OttoinGrotto

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How do start down this path? Butter knives, ...,hatchets????
Gateway throwing is for losers.

Competitively, there is a very specific type of hatchet required: Hatchet | National Axe Throwing Federation

However, there are certain events competitively that occur where a winner is determined via a "big axe" showdown.

I'm not even kidding. That is a thing that happens.
 

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Big Axe Specifications | National Axe Throwing Federation

There are two situations where a big axe is used to determine the winning competitor.

Regular season competitions are best of 3 matches. Each competitor throws 5 axes per game. The competitors throw the first 4 axes at the same time, but the points leader throws the 5th axe first so the trailing competitor knows how many points are needed to win, if they even can take over on points. Most points win, games can end in a tie, however, if each competitor has won one game and one of the three games end in a tie, the big axe is brought out and from there the game functions kind of like innings in baseball. Each competitor has a turn to throw the big axe - a point is scored if it sticks ANYWHERE on the scoring portion of the target. Once an inning ends with one competitor having stuck the big axe and the other failing, the game is over. After 3 (maybe 5? Can't remember) consecutive tied innings stuck big axes score according to conventional scoring areas on the target.

In the playoffs, any game that ends in a tie is immediately resolved with a big axe showdown.

I've had a few big axe showdowns, but have never won one. They're rare, and the throwinf motion is really, really awkward. Practicing the big axe throws can really mess up your technique, too. That said, it does create a scene and when they go down it gets pretty exciting.

As weird as it looks, I think underhand is the best way to throw the big axe. It's heavy, so most people go two handed overhead. Psychopaths throw the big axe tomahawk.
 

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Is there special attire for an axe throwing competition?
Not required, but if you don't wear a flannel or thermal you need to evaluate your priorities. Beards/stubble a plus. Beanies optional. Suspenders add some flavor.

One guy in the league wore a sleeveless flannel as his uniform. It worked.
 

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Let's be clear here, people have fun with the bar part, but that recreation is necessary to fund the real competitors.
I don’t think it’s reached California yet, only special events I can find.
That would be awesome if it gets to the olympics
 

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Big Axe Specifications | National Axe Throwing Federation

There are two situations where a big axe is used to determine the winning competitor.

Regular season competitions are best of 3 matches. Each competitor throws 5 axes per game. The competitors throw the first 4 axes at the same time, but the points leader throws the 5th axe first so the trailing competitor knows how many points are needed to win, if they even can take over on points. Most points win, games can end in a tie, however, if each competitor has won one game and one of the three games end in a tie, the big axe is brought out and from there the game functions kind of like innings in baseball. Each competitor has a turn to throw the big axe - a point is scored if it sticks ANYWHERE on the scoring portion of the target. Once an inning ends with one competitor having stuck the big axe and the other failing, the game is over. After 3 (maybe 5? Can't remember) consecutive tied innings stuck big axes score according to conventional scoring areas on the target.

In the playoffs, any game that ends in a tie is immediately resolved with a big axe showdown.

I've had a few big axe showdowns, but have never won one. They're rare, and the throwinf motion is really, really awkward. Practicing the big axe throws can really mess up your technique, too. That said, it does create a scene and when they go down it gets pretty exciting.

As weird as it looks, I think underhand is the best way to throw the big axe. It's heavy, so most people go two handed overhead. Psychopaths throw the big axe tomahawk.
Thanks for the link. Now I have Bad Axe ads all over.
 

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i was expecting an “I don’t really enjoy the competition, I just hate trees.” answer in here somewhere.
 


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