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Axe Throwing Terminology

Just like any other sport, Axe Throwing has its own set of terms and verbiage that helps to confuse the non-thrower. Here at Havoc Supply Company, we put together a list of those terms to help you sound professional at your next Tournament or League Night.

Axe – The device used to throw- technically called a hatchet.

Bullseye – When the axe strikes the middle red circle target. One of the best shots possible!

Coach – Any person that has completed the Axe Throwing certification process, usually a staff member.

Thrower – Any person currently holding an axe, with the intent to throw.

Drop – When the axe fails to stick in the target and falls to the ground, resulting in no points scored.

Fencing – The metal guards between lanes that protect throwers standing next to one another.

Handle – The base of the axe where a thrower grips.

Head – The blade of the axe.

Kill Shot – A type of shot that a thrower calls prior to throwing. The thrower must strike one of the two small dots located on each top side of the target. A successful kill shot is worth 8 to 10 points depending on the facility.

Lane – The throwing field where axes are thrown. Includes floor, ceiling, side walls, and target.

Match – A traditional game of axe throwing, called a match, is a set of three rounds totaling 15 throws.

Participant – Any person on the premises not actively holding an axe.

Perfect Round- When all 5 throws in one round are bullseyes.

Rotation – The natural spin of an axe that has been thrown. Throwers should have no more than one complete rotation to stick the axe in the target. If a thrower is over or under-rotating, the coach may instruct the thrower to position themselves closer or further away from the target to help the axe rotate correctly.

Round – one set of 5 throws where three rounds make up a match.

Sticking an axe – Good Job, this means you have successfully embedded your axe into the target wood!

Super Perfect Round – When the first 4 throws of a round are each a bullseye and the 5th throw is a kill shot.

An 81 – The total score of a match equals 81 points., represented by 3 super-perfect rounds. The highest score possible in a standard season match.

Target – Targets consist of one layer of 2” thick boards, complete with a horizontal header and footer marked with four different point areas.

The Red Line – Represents the separation of the lane and the viewing area. Only one active thrower should cross this line into the lane.

Trick shot – A throw that is different from the standard one or two-hand overhead throw. Trick shots can be fun but be


You can be sure there are others that we haven’t covered here but these will definitely get you started. Now be sure to get out there and support your local venue, and don’t forget to grab your gear from Havoc Supply Company.

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