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It’s an addictive feeling to get that perfect throw!

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Four

This is it, our final interview with our league members. To see this series out, we’re hearing from Baz. We chat about his time in the Whistle Punks Axe Olympics, and who he thinks would win in an axe-throwing duel between himself and Druss the Legend!

What was it that first attracted you to the league?
I’d been in before for a normal session. After that, I was pretty much hooked. I just wanted to throw more axes and sink them into the wood. It’s such an addictive feeling to get that perfect throw and watch the targets disintegrate as you get better. It’s so satisfying to wear out a bullseye that you want to do more of it.

What was the highlight of the league for you?
It has to be competing and winning in the axe Olympics. It’s a game we sometimes play after all the serious competition has finished for the evening and there is time left for fun and games.
With axes laid on the floor on each lane, the rule is you must do a different throw or trick-shot for each axe. By running across the lanes, the winner is the person who throws all the axes fastest, but there is a catch. Depending on where the axe lands on the board determines how many points you score.

By scoring points with trick-shots, the final total at the end gets converted into the number of seconds that is knocked off your overall time. You’re encouraged to throw the axes quickly, but accurately as well. If you throw the axes quickly but miss every target, you might get beaten by someone who completes slower but nails every shot. We had four different throws; the underarm throw, reversed axe throw, two axes simultaneously into two targets, and throwing for 7s. I landed all of them in the fastest time, and I kicked everyone’s ass!

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?
There is a lot of support and encouragement between the league members. There are always people cheering you on when you’re competing or if you land a difficult trick-shot or manage to accurately smash a seven-pointer again and again. It’s great having that comradery, and a sense of belonging. Everyone is included in this WhatsApp group we have, and we keep in touch regularly and plan events away from axe-throwing too. The staff are always really helpful too. Some days you might come in and the axes just aren’t falling right, but they will always make sure you start nailing bullseyes after a bit.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?
Just do it! You won’t regret it. It gets to the point where even on a Tuesday you’re missing axe-throwing already and you’re looking forward to next Monday when you get to throw axes again. You get passionate about it. Some members have even gone out and bought their own axes to bring in and practice with.

If you could be any axe-wielding character from fiction who would you be?
Druss the Legend from the David Gemmell books. He’s just an infinite badass, but I’d still beat him at axe throwing.

Check out the details for the league here.

See our previous interview with Matt here.

Written by Ben Cross

 

Check out Matt, one of our winners of the Whistle Punks axe throwing league.

Being the league champion is the best feeling!

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Three

This time we’re talking with Matt about his best moments during the league and asking what it felt like to earn the title of Whistle Punks Axe Throwing Champion! He also explains the real reason why he bought his other half a pair of her very own custom throwing axes.

What was it that first attracted you to the league?
Lauren and I  had been a few times before and we’d already thoroughly enjoyed it, although we both wanted to be able to practice axe-throwing more often. Being on the regular sessions is a lot of fun, but it felt like a teaser for something more. I wanted to spend time really honing my skills, because it’s addictive when you first start so you just want to get better and better. It was also a socially driven decision. We were looking for something fun to do on Monday evenings and make new friends in the city. It definitely fits the bill for that.

What was the highlight of the league for you?
Winning! Obviously taking home the axe as the league champion is a great feeling. I won on my last axe and sinking a bullseye! Ian was the runner-up, and if he’d scored a seven, the crown would have been his. It was an incredibly close game all the way through, and everyone was cheering and supporting us at the end. Winning aside, we also go out for beers and pizza after league nights, and we all keep in touch regularly in a WhatsApp group chat. During times when the league hasn’t been on we’ve met up occasionally to do things away from axe-throwing which has been fun too.

I even bought my partner Lauren a pair of her own throwing axes that we’re able to practice with on League nights, although it might have been so I could have a go at throwing them too. It really becomes something that you want to immerse yourself in and keep progressing at.

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?
I think I’ve touched on that a little bit in the last question, but it’s only because all league members become your friends. We’ve all bonded through a mutual love of axe-throwing. It’s a unique sport because there are lots of different personalities from varied backgrounds, and we spend one evening a week competing, catching up and having fun. It’s great. It feels like an alternatively popular sport, and that’s why it attracts so many people.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?
You mean besides, just do it? It’s a fun activity, the staff are great and there’s normally beer and pizza afterwards. What more could you want?

If you could throw an axe into or at any object, what would it be?
A clay pigeon flying through the air! To hit that, you’d have to be an axe-throwing superhero. But it would look and feel amazing to hit something moving so quickly, and then have the satisfying smash as it explodes.

See our previous interview with Lauren here.

Written by Ben Cross