What is Axe throwing
Axe throwing becomes more and more popular in Poland, but at the beginning it was treated completely different than today. First of all it must be said that today throwing axe is a kind of entertainment, but in the past it was used just as a weapon in the middle ages. Obviously nowadays there are much more modern weapons so nobody goes to the war with a couple of axes. Axe throwing as a sport is about a competitor who throws an axe to a target. The best score is for hitting bullseye as near to the centre as possible, the same situation appears in archery. What is characteristic for the excellent axe thrower is that he is able to throw the axe in a way that it turns only once through the flight, so the sharpest point hit directly to the target. This discipline becomes more popular not only among enthusiasts of axe throwing competition, but also among people who likes outdoor entertainment. For people who are interested in throwing axes as a competition there are a several rules which must be followed.
Axe throwing rules
First of all is that every game starts from the “stone-paper-snips” play to decide who will throw first. Than the rules are very simple because each player has 5 shoots in 3 rounds and it is only needed to win 2 of 3 rounds to win the whole game. Scoring system is also not so difficult and complicated. There are four spaces to throw in and each of them is scored differently. So called bullseye is the area in the middle and by hitting this place the player may score 5 points, after bullseye there is a red ring which is a little bit less valuable because by hitting this area the player may score 3 points. The third and the less valuable is the blue ring which hitting gives the player only 1 point. Except these the areas there are also a special green places at the target placed in the corners which are called “clutch”, for hitting the clutch player may score 7 points but there are a several rules to follow about this area. Player must decide that he or she wants to hit the clutch before the throw, it is only before the last throw in a round when player can decide to hit the clutch. Even if the green point will be hit but it won’t be announced before the throw, it does not gives points to the player, also if someone tells that he will throw at the green point and he hits another area, it also gives 0 points. It is a possibility to resign the clutch throw, but it must be clearly announced before the shoot. The last rule to remember is that points can be counted only in the area where the axe is stuck.
From the military using of axe to the competition for a regular people it was a long way, but nowadays everybody who is interested how does it works can try it by himself, because the rules are as simple as possible and it do not takes so much time to learn the way it is played. For today there are a few places in Poland to throw some axes like Bad axe in Cracow or axe nation in Cracow and Warsaw, so there are no limits if anyone wants to try how great it is.