First Time Axe Throwing? Here’s What To Expect

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First Time Axe Throwing? Here’s What To Expect

You’re looking for something to do in Columbus – but you’re not settling for anything less than unorthodox. You’ve seen it all, done it all, and quite frankly want to experience something new for the first time. And to that we say: axe throwing.

Yes, throwing axes. Dueling Axes has not one but two locations in Columbus. No matter if you’re heading Downtown or closer to New Albany, we have a lane with your name on it! Our staff makes you feel right at home. We give you a rundown on safety protocol (because you know… Axes) and talk through any questions you may have before your reservation begins!

But if you’re like us and like to have a game plan in place, keep reading for the full breakdown on what to expect when axe throwing for the first time.

SYSK: Axe Throwing Edition

Take Advantage Of Online Reservations

Making your axe throwing experience a breeze is our main objective. Each Dueling Axes location offers online reservations to make your life easier. We also encourage planning ahead and making a reservation to ensure you get the time slot and timeframe that works best for you and your crew!

Arrive Early

You know the saying: safety first. Be sure to arrive early so our staff can properly educate you on both safety and technique training before your reservation starts. This means you get to enjoy your full reservation window and play as many games as possible! Once you arrive, we’ll walk you to your lane and run through safety protocols before the fun begins. Each lane has its own tablet to keep track of everyone’s score plus a list of axe throwing games to keep things interesting.

Stay True To Your Crew

Speaking of a crew – we’ll never pair you with people you don’t know. Strangers will, quite literally, stay in their lane and you’ll stay in yours. Up to six people are assigned to a lane, but we’ll NEVER add randoms to your party. Scouts honor.

Food & Drinks

Fuel your experience with a little grub! Each of our urban axe throwing locations takes a different approach to food and alcohol:

Downtown Columbus

Keep in mind our Downtown Columbus lounge is BYOB (beer and wine only, no liquor). You’re also welcome to order food from any of the neighboring restaurants and they’ll deliver directly to your lane! Did we mention free delivery? Each lane has its own seating, so you can eat, drink, and be merry with family and friends in between throws.

New Albany

Maybe New Albany is a little closer to your neck of the woods. This axe throwing lounge is nestled in The Plaza at Hamilton Quarter in the New Albany/Gahanna area. Complete with a full service bar, you can enjoy our monthly drink specials or come up with a cocktail of your own! This location is also outside-food friendly so feel free to bring your own or order delivery right to your lane.

Quick Axe Throwing Tips For Beginners

You have your crew, your lane, plus quality drinks and grub. Now it’s time to shoot your shot at axe throwing! Don’t worry, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

With your dominant hand on top, grip the base of the axe handle firmly with both hands. Don’t squeeze!

Step 2

Point the blade of the axe towards your target. Then raise the axe over and behind your head. Lean back on your dominant foot.

Step 3

Step forward with your non-dominant foot. Bring your arms forward in a throwing motion. Then, with your arms extended forward, release the axe towards the target keeping your wrists in line with your forearms.

Need a visual? We get it. Check out our axe throwing demonstration below.

Ready, Set, Throw!

Urban axe throwing is the perfect adventure if you’re looking for something new and exciting to do with friends or family. With two Columbus locations, you can conveniently reserve and travel to one of our axe throwing lounges and take a walk on the wild side. Remember to plan ahead with online reservations and arrive early to learn safety protocols. Depending on which location you’re traveling to, don’t forget to pick up (or order in) your food and drinks!

Now that you’re fully prepared to throw an axe for the first time all that’s left to do is reserve your lane! Book online here or call us directly at 614-221-1600 for additional questions. Happy axe throwing!

Team Building Benefits in the Time of COVID-19

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Team Building Benefits in the Time of COVID-19

Zoom meetings. Virtual happy hours. Google Hangouts. Slack chat threads. Working from home and staying connected during self-isolation and quarantine has proven challenging, despite a wealth of ways to communicate online. Whether it’s following a quarantine or stay-at-home order, or just a long stretch since everyone has been in the office, it’s not too early to start planning your team’s next group outing. Here’s some ways that post-COVID team building activities can help bring your quaran-team together.

Strengthen Existing Bonds & Forge New ConnectionsGroup axe throwing

Maybe you’ve been missing your daily chats with your favorite cubicle-mates, or maybe there are team members you never knew very well, and now want to get to know. You may even be part of a team that works remotely most of the time; maybe you’ve never met a team member in person! Getting together in a relaxed, casual environment is great for fostering conversation, and if you’re taking on an activity that requires teamwork, you’ll have instant camaraderie with new folks as you work towards a common goal.

Boost Confidence & Improve Company Culture

Team building for remote workers that goes beyond the same old dinner and drinks gives employees an opportunity to face their fears or challenge themselves outside of the corporate setting. This, in turn, can help team members feel more confident and empowered. A happy team is a motivated team, making team building events well worth the investment. The type of team building event you host can also reinforce your company’s culture. An activity with a slight risk factor, or that involves physical activity, can send the message that employees should be adventurous, outgoing, and not afraid to take chances.

Bolster Team Morale

We’re all living through an unprecedented global event, and it’s easy for folks to feel isolated or disconnected from their routine and their team. Spending a little money to show your team that they’re appreciated can go a long way in improving morale. Instead of focusing solely on business, ditch the office talk and try to foster positive connections among group members. This can be done through games to engage the group, ice breakers and suggested conversation topics, or even team check-ins once you’re back in the office to reinforce the connections made during the team building event.

Team Members Will Have FUN Together!

 At the end of the day, your team building after COVID should be focused on fun. Dynamic activities can improve creativity, which can in turn help with problem-solving in the workplace. They can also facilitate healthy competition, allowing team members to collaborate for office bragging rights and a sense of pride. When you factor in weeks or even months of working from home and self-isolation, activities that get the blood pumping and people physically engaged can take your team building activity to the next level.

axe throwing tournament group

Team Building Activities to Get Employees Engaged

Getting back to normalcy in the post-coronavirus world isn’t easy for anyone, but a strongly bonded team has an easier time making the transition. Taking on a challenging, yet fun, team building activity can show your team that you’re still working together for a common goal, and keeping a positive attitude while doing so. In our next installment, we’ll help you outline the top 5 things you should keep in mind when putting together your team’s next outing! And if you’re interested in booking your team’s post-isolation outing now, make an axe throwing reservation today!

 

Ready to book? Check our real-time availability calendar!

 

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How Throwing An Axe Can Bring Your Team Closer Together

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Group activityFinding That Balance Between Fresh, Friendly Competition & Team Building

Every so often, the boss rallies the troops and the office gets together to do a little team building. But what do these off-site events actually do for the team?

Sometimes, they entail working together to find a common solution, smiling for a photo at the end and having a little fun along the way. But other times, they fall flat. Employees become disengaged. They start thinking about all the other things they could be doing with this time. While the main goal is to get your team to socialize, build bonds, think together and decompress, the end result can be quite the opposite.

If you want a team-building exercise that will truly engage your team and become a memory they talk about for years to come, you might want to start thinking outside the box – and down the lane.

The Effectiveness of Thinking Outside the BoxUnique Team Building Ideas Columbus

When your team catches wind of an upcoming team-building event, the last thing you want to hear in response is a chorus of drones or the disheartening “ugh, we’ve already done that.” The word “workshop” can evoke feelings of “please don’t make me.” This is supposed to be a good time, not a long, drawn out, cringy affair!

Playing “three truths and one lie” loses its luster, scavenger hunts only work if everyone is invested and seeing which group can solve a puzzle the fastest is only fun for the winner. It’s time to do something different with your squad. It’s time to throw an axe!

Because axe throwing is still a relatively new concept to a lot of folks and will certainly catch them off-guard in the best way. When you hear “team building workshop,” you don’t think throwing an axe at a target – and that’s exactly the point. Pique interest. Throw axes. Get competitive. Watch your team thrive as they aim to smash the bullseye!

You Don’t Need a Leader of the Pack

Team building exercises are designed to bring people together – but they can also push people apart or even alienate some team members, especially if the normal cast of leaders starts to take too much control. The beauty of axe throwing is that it’s an individual’s game that’s unfamiliar to most people. This mitigates the risk of forming cliques and gives everyone the chance to be the best instead of just falling in line. Everyone is learning together, while still trying to outperform each other. And, even if you’re not that great, there’s no pressure because it’s your first time!

Get Out Of The Office & Step Down the Lane

When your team gets together to throw axes down a lane, they’re not worried about work. They’re all trying to catch on faster than the next person to see who can throw an axe the best, while sipping a beer and eating pizza. It doesn’t get much better than that during or after office hours! This is exactly the type of thing they’ll post on their Instagram and talk about with their friends.

Team-building exercises don’t always have to bring people together in the conventional sense. You can get the same effect with some healthy, fun competition, especially if no one on your team is already an expert axe thrower! You’re focusing on how you can better your own throw and discussing newfound techniques with coworkers, all while realizing Jane from Accounting has a freaking cannon for an arm.

When you’re throwing a sharpened axe, there’s never a dull moment.

Dueling Axes: Where Team-Building Becomes Team-Bonding

Get out of your office and out of those stereotypical team-building exercises and step down a lane. Dueling Axes can host events as large as 120 people and allows catered food/drinks. Book your next out of the ordinary corporate team event today!

Start Team Bonding With Just One Throw!

Dueling Axes Announces Las Vegas Expansion

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Dueling Axes Las Vegas Location

Rendering showcases new Dueling Axes venue coming to AREA15 in 2020.

(Rendering Courtesy of Dueling Axes)

 

DUELING AXES ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS EXPANSION JOINING AREA15’S EVOLVING COLLECTION OF INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES

 

Columbus, OH (October 2019) Dueling Axes is expanding west to one of the country’s most exciting retail and entertainment markets. The premiere indoor axe-throwing lounge native to Columbus, Ohio is the newest planned addition to AREA15, an experiential retail and entertainment development with a growing collection of attractions including Nomadic, Emporium, Meow Wolf Las Vegas and the recently announced cocktail and coffee bar, Oddwood.

Dueling Axes prides itself on a unique approach to customer experience, competitive play, interior design, technology and location selection. These factors make Dueling Axes the leader in the axe-throwing arena, while AREA15 represents an optimal destination for the expanding brand. As its second location, Dueling Axes’ Las Vegas location will encompass nearly triple the space and number of throwing lanes than its Columbus venue. Occupying 6,300 square feet inside AREA15, the dynamic attraction will feature 18 throwing lanes accommodating up to six participants each; four lanes will be dedicated to the VIP and private party room which accommodates groups of up to 25 guests.

Whether guests are throwing for the first or hundredth time, on a date or with a large group of friends and coworkers, Dueling Axes makes axe throwing approachable and safe for everyone, transforming the primitive activity into a high-energy pastime. The Dueling Axes’ lounge will include a beer and wine bar, and guests will be encouraged to bring their favorite takeout from any of AREA15’s eateries into the venue.

Opening in 2020, AREA15 promises to be a portal to the extraordinary, the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex designed to bring the best-in-class of immersive experiences together under one roof. AREA15 will announce additional attractions and food and beverage experiences this fall.

ABOUT DUELING AXES

Dueling Axes is the nation’s premiere indoor axe throwing lounge. Satisfying the drive for new experiences, axe throwing is a fun and safe activity for groups of all sizes. Similar to darts but way more exciting, you now can experience the unique sport of axe throwing in a safe, comfortable, and modern setting. Let’s face it, you’ve thought of what it would be like to throw an axe – now you have the chance to bring your primal desires to life. With our unique approach to the sport, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and facility that sets us apart from the competition. No beards or flannel required. Visit theduelingaxes.com for more information.

 ABOUT AREA15

AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential retail and entertainment complex offering live events, exhilarating attractions, immersive activations, art installations, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Nomadic, Emporium, Oddwood and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas, AREA15 will also host ongoing pop-up events designed to attract locals and tourists of all ages when it opens in 2020. AREA15 is the development project led by a joint venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York. For more information visit www.AREA15.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter: @AREA15Official; Facebook: AREA15LasVegas and YouTube: AREA15. Hashtag: #SomethingIsComing. Click here for directions and here to download high-res renderings.

 

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 Facebook: @DuelingAxes@AREA15LasVegas

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Twitter: @Dueling_Axes, @AREA15Official,

YouTube: AREA15, Dueling Axes

 

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Axe Throwing In Columbus: Things To Know And Where To Go!

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 18 VIA 614mom (by Eryn Gilson)

Axe Throwing In Columbus: Things To Know And Where To Go!

My husband’s birthday was a few weeks ago and to celebrate I booked private party at Dueling Axes in Downtown, Columbus.  Before we get much further into this I want to be very honest with you – I am terrible at axe throwing. Like borderline embarrassing. I think I need lessons. LOL! It was a great time though – my husband and all of our friends were much better than me and they also loved it.

We arrived a few minutes before our reservation to make sure everyone had time to sign waivers before we got started. Once everyone arrived they took us over to our lanes and gave us safety instructions, helped us with practice throws, and then explained a few games we could play. The first game we played was simple – each team member got five throws and at the end the team with the highest score won.  The second game we played was Blackjack with Axes. For us Blackjack with Axes ended with an axe faceoff – between my husband and our friend Matt.  It was an exciting end to a really great night.

Axe Throwing is new(ish) to Columbus so I thought I’d give you some tips before you head out to Dueling Axes – because if I can do it, anyone can.  🙂 

  1. You don’t have to book a party to go. You can go on a date night, friends, or by yourself if that’s your thing 🙂 The pricing depends on how many hours you reserve and for how many people.

  2. Reservations are strongly encouraged if you want to secure a lane for your group.  They do accept walk ins – but there could be long wait times. Just be prepared.

  3. Make sure to wear closed toed shoes. I actually didn’t know this but had a feeling and I’m glad that I did because it’s a rule.  So make sure you put your toes away for this outing.

  4. I know I mentioned it was hard for me – and that’s true but to be fair I’m really good when putting pen to paper but bat to ball (or axe to target) kind of skills are just not where I excel. Everyone else in the group was able to master it with a little training and to be fair – I did hit the bullseye a few times (and EVERYONE in the place knew it because I celebrated with a little screaming and a dance)

  5. Speaking of – they do train you.  Before you get started, one of their trained staff members go through some required safety information as well as practice throws for everyone.

  6. It’s BYOB – and that’s important for two reasons.  1. They don’t sell alcohol on site and 2. You can’t bring liquor. I mean – would you want someone doing shots of tequila and throwing an axe?  😉

  7. With that said – you can do what we did and order food and drinks for the Walrus when you run out.  There are a few other places nearby that deliver – Dirty Franks, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and Pecan Penny’s.  My personal recommendation – french fries from the Walrus with the amazing sauce that comes with them.

 

I originally booked my husband’s birthday party here because it was different, looked fun, and it was BYOB but after our experience I can say that we will be back and my husband is currently thinking of joining the leagues when they officially open.  We’re big fans.  Maybe we’ll see you there?

Book your axe throwing adventure now!

Have an axe throwing question?  Send us a note at info@theduelingaxes.com.

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A Twist On Mother-Daughter Dates in Columbus

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You’re Here For A Good Time, Not An Ordinary Time!

It doesn’t have to be Mother’s Day, her birthday or any special occasion to take your mom out for a good time. After all, mother-daughter time is essential! However, you’ve probably already done the shopping at Easton, gone for walks at the Metro Parks or got your nails did before getting a bite to eat. 

There’s a seemingly endless amount of ideas out there to spend time with one another, but if you’re looking
for something different and out of the ordinary, we’ve got the perfect
Columbus mother-daughter date ideas for you! 

 

Start The Morning With “Mother” Nature

There’s nothing better than waking up, hitting the outdoors and getting your steps in. One place on your not-so-ordinary day date can be Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Butterflies in Garden

Who doesn’t love looking at nature and then being all around beautiful butterflies? The butterfly exhibition has been waiting for you to see its beauty this whole time! Outside of engaging exhibitions, there are a number of other expeditions to explore, creative writing workshops, beginner Tai Chi programs and culinary arts classes.

There’s a ton you two can do in just one place! But don’t burn yourself out – you’ve got a full day ahead. 

 

Take It Easel: You’ve Earned Yourself A Drink

Painting Classes in ColumbusSo, you recently had a little argument with your mom and you’re trying to get past it. Take that emotion and turn it into something beautiful by trying out a paint and pour class at Studio 614! Pick up the brush and put the tizzy between you two behind. There’s no way a smile won’t appear especially after a couple glasses of wine and a few strokes of artistic genius. 

Have some wine, get your feelings out and bury the hatchet – or should we say … axe. 

 

Grab a Slice & An Axe; Step Outside The Box & Down The LaneLoretta Zedella at Dueling Axes

There’s no doubt you’ll be hungry as the day goes on and who doesn’t love pizza? It may be original, but what about eating pizza and throwing some axes? Grab a box of ‘za and bring it down to Dueling Axes with that bottle of wine you have left over from your paint party – you know, that one you were totally going to save for a later date. You can bring your favorite food (or have it delivered), break open your favorite booze (besides hard liquor) and end your   mother-daughter day with some friendly competition.

After all, nothing says “I love you” quite like whipping an axe down a lane for points!

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The Night Is Still Young

Still hungry after all that axe throwing? There are plenty of amazing restaurants close by to Dueling Axes – many are even within walking distance. 

Interested in some tapas? Check out Sidebar

How about literally any sort of hotdog you could possibly imagine? Dirty Frank’s is where you want to be. 

Can’t decide, but know you want something good? Head on over to Hadley’s. There’s even more restaurants and bars that can satisfy your taste buds that are just steps away! 

Dueling Axes: Your Future Go-To for a Columbus Night Out 

Skip the “been there, done that” and make Dueling Axes the centerpiece of your next mother daughter date. BYOB, outside-food friendly and hours of axe throwing surely make for a one-of-a-kind experience! 

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Is Axe Throwing Safe

Is Axe Throwing Safe?

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All The Axe Throwing Questions You Want Answered

We really can’t say it enough but to ease your mind – YES, axe throwing is safe. We get that it might be an intimidating sport or game to some people, but you have nothing to worry about as long as you’re working with professionals. You have a better chance of getting hurt at a bowling alley or even a driving range than at an axe throwing bar. We’re here to prove it’s safe with even more answers to the worried questions that we get every single day!

Other Axe Throwing Questions Answered Here

What Happened In The Viral Axe Throwing Video?Axe Throwing Viral Video Screenshot

You’ve seen that one video, right? The viral video of a girl throwing an axe and it bounces right back at her?

Well, if you haven’t, luckily she moved out of the way of an arrant axe throw and didn’t get hurt. But not lucky for us – everyone thinks that’s going to happen to them. The problem in that video starts with the rubber mat vs. rubber axe handle. It’s okay to use a rubber mat but combining the two can make for one big bounce coming right back at you. You can see in the video that she was ultimately aiming at the floor not at the target. When the rubber handle and rubber mat gave it a bounce, it hit the wall first, amplifying the bounce back at the thrower.

Moral of the viral video – wrong axe, very bad throw and poor supervision. Dueling Axes doesn’t use rubber handled axes but we do use rubber mats – which is perfectly fine when not combining the two. We use a wooden handle axe which would very rarely bounce back to the thrower, it might just slide on the floor.

Have There Been Any Axe Throwing Accidents At Dueling Axes?

We’ve been operating for more than a year now which means we’ve had about 24,000 – 25,000 people walk through our door and throw an axe. We haven’t seen a single accident with the exception of someone getting a splinter. You will never have to worry about an axe coming back at you because safety is our number one priority here at Dueling Axes – and we enforce that principle heavily.

What Does Dueling Axes Do To Enforce Safety?regulation throwing axe

For starters, Dueling Axes never sacrifices safety for the inexpensive costs. Other companies use rubber handle axes because they don’t break as easily as wooden ones – if your axe lasts longer, you don’t have to replace it as often. We prefer wooden ones that may break and we may have to replace but they are the safest axe to throw. Many axe throwing places usually put two targets in one cage, Dueling Axes is individually caged on the top and the sides with one single target. It is always one person per lane and one axe per lane. You can’t hand the axe to the next person, you need to hang it up and then the next person has to go get it.

Each patron receives a safety briefing and technique throwing lesson prior to being allowed to throw. You then must go up with the coach individually and practice a throw until you hit the target. You have the option for your coach to be with you as much or as little as you want during your reservation and even if our staff isn’t near you, we can hear a bad throw. Our eyes may not be on you, but our trained coaches have ears like no others. We’ll go over to you as soon as we hear something we don’t want to hear!

Tips For People That Are Still Scared Of Axe Throwing

If you’re still intimidated by axe throwing, we’ve got a few more tips to get you ready for your first time. Don’t worry about the axe’s size – you’re not going to throw a fireman sized wood chopping axe or a hatchet. You’re throwing an axe the size of a hammer. You also aren’t throwing it too close or too far away; you’re throwing it exactly where you should, which is about 12 – 15 ft. away from the target. For reference – you’re a little bit farther away then from where you would throw a dart.

It may be tempting, but for safety reasons, it’s best to not throw the axe as hard as you can. Like with anything, being accurate takes practice. So come on in, throw some axes and have a good, SAFE time.

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