It was out to a buddies place the other day with Tara, Trevor, and Craig. There is an indoor throwing facility only a few kilometres outside of town. I know many people throw knives in town, but this group prefers to keep in all on the down-low so that they aren't really a business, rather just a social club. I get it. But when it comes to the actually throwing, sets of rules and norms are strictly followed to a tee.
It was actually a hatchet, not an ax, but hatchet throwing was also on the menu. The same principles applied, although I don't recall any throwing done by its "blade" end, which again is not sharp. Maybe a bit easier, but this throwing was fun and satisfying in that way bowling a strike is, or hitting a hole in one in mini-golf is. When the hatchet leaves your hand you can almost instantly sense its worth. Immediately you can feel whether it is on the mark and will impale into the wood. Like knife throwing, it is all finesse and feel. This is not a sport for muscle heads. The speed or thrust in which you throw makes little difference - although in Game of Thrones that does not appear so. I can tell you it is more about rhythm and touch. Just for some fun, Craig also chucks a shovel which is about a foot and a half in length, and sure enough thump!