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!
What Happened In The Viral Axe Throwing Video?
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?
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.