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Beginner’s Guide to Axe Throwing

Wondering how to throw an axe? The basics of axe throwing include proper stance and technique, finding the right axe for you, and consistent practice. Our instructors will guide you through the proper technique and give you axe-throwing tips along the way. Book your axe throwing session today at our purpose built bushcraft site in Cornwall, UK. 

7 Axe Throwing Tips

 Below you can learn some axe throwing tips so you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to having a go:

Step 1 – Learn the Rules

Safety is paramount in axe throwing – ensure you know and follow the sport’s rules before participating. This includes wearing closed-toe shoes, never throwing an axe overhand, keeping your hair pulled away from your face, and never crossing the safety line. Make sure you have a clear practice area and be conscious of those around you. Keep your faces and bodies far away from the target board while you or others are playing. Although rare, be conscious of the possibility of a bounce back after you throw. 

Axe throwing is a physically demanding activity, so ensure you know all safety protocols before engaging in it. Our instructors at Footsteps of Discovery will ensure you know how to stay safe before you start your axe-throwing session and will remain on hand to make sure everyone is following the rules!

Step 2 – Choose the Right Type of Axe 

When choosing your first axe for axe throwing, select one with a weight and handle length that’s suitable for you. At Footsteps of Discovery, we will use a variety of throwing axes, ideal for all skill levels.


For beginners, it’s highly recommended that you use a wooden axe with a blunt head. The handle should be firm and comfortable to hold and at least 18 inches in length. If you’re considering buying an axe, choose one with a non-conductive handle so that you don’t get electric shocks while throwing. 

Step 3 – Use Quality Equipment and Practise Regularly

An important part of learning how to throw axes is using good quality equipment and regularly practicing to develop skills and precision accuracy over time. Make sure you have a proper setup for each session that includes throwing from a suitable distance, secure target surfaces, and roof protection if needed (no need if you’re outside!). Start by taking turns with one other person, then progress into having competitions when you feel comfortable enough.

Step 4 – Perfect your Stance

A good stance will help ensure accuracy for your throws every time; this includes standing shoulder width apart with feet firmly planted on the ground, balanced but slightly angled, and arms that are at least parallel with each other (and gathered force behind them). For right-handed throws, bend your right knee slightly as you step forward with your left leg while releasing the axe clearly ahead after hitting peak acceleration and follow through using your arms.


Avoid cocking and flicking the wrist and don’t throw too hard; try to relax and focus on the centre of the target. Make sure to keep your eyes focused on where your axe will land. Our expert instructors at Footsteps of Discovery will ensure you have a solid stance to help you perfect your throws. 

Step 5 – Pay Attention to the Follow-Through

You’re probably after the highest score possible when axe throwing, so perfecting your follow-through is a helpful tip if you want optimal scores regularly.


Try focusing on snapping your wrist backward toward the target once the axe has been released properly; this will generate extra power and maximum scoring potential.

Step 6 – Rotate Axes Frequently

It can be easy for players to get stuck tossing their favorites every time, but what’s better all around is alternating axes as often as possible within sessions.


This lets users experience different weights, density balances, blade configurations, etc., ultimately allowing them to become much better throwers.

Step 7 – Have Fun & Stay Focused

Remember, axe throwing is fun. Don’t get annoyed or angry if you’re not hitting the target every time. Our instructors will help you every step of the way to ensure you’re flinging axes like a pro in no time! 

Types of Throwing Axes

We use a range of throwing axes at Footsteps of Discovery, including:

Tomahawks: Tomahawks are traditional Native American throwing axes, which were initially used for hunting and self-defense. They have a sharp blade on one side and a hammerhead or spike on the other and are typically made of wood or metal.

Mousehawks: Mousehawks are small, lightweight throwing axes popular among enthusiasts and hobbyists. They are named after their small size, similar to that of a computer mouse. Mousehawks are often used for throwing at targets and can be made from various materials, including wood, metal, or plastic.

Chilli hawks: Chilli hawks are a type of throwing axe originating in India. They are typically made of steel and feature a curved blade with a sharp point at the end. Chilli hawks are often used in traditional Indian martial arts and for hunting and self-defense.


Viking throwing axes: Viking throwing axes were commonly used by the Vikings during raids and battles. They feature a long, thin blade with a straight or slightly curved edge and a sharp point at the end. Viking throwing axes were often used for both throwing and close combat.

  • What age do you need to be for axe throwing?
    For axe throwing at Footsteps of Discovery you need to be at least 12 years old.
  • Is axe throwing safe?
    Under the supervision of our expert instructors, axe throwing is safe! As in all sports, there is a risk of injury, but at Footsteps of Discovery, safety is our number one priority. Listen to our instructors and you'll have a great time!
  • Is axe throwing difficult?
    The good thing about axe throwing is anyone can give it a go! Axe throwing is not difficult and you'll recieve expert tips from our instructors to have you slinging axes like a pro in no time.
  • Can axes bounce back?
    Axes can bounce back off the target if they don't stick. Luckily at Footsteps of Discovery you're outside in the woods and not a confined space, so if you listen to our instructors there's very little risk of the axe coming close to you!
  • How much does it cost to go axe throwing?
    For a 60-minute axe throwing session at Footsteps of Discovery in Cornwall it's £15 per person.
  • What to wear to axe throwing?
    You should wear comfortable clothing for axe throwing and supportive, closed toe shoes (flips flops should be avoided!). Avoid tight clothing such as fitted or dress shirts as you will want full range of motion in your shoulders.

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Nantillio Woods, Summercourt, Newquay, TR8 5BG

07970 494 723

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