When time permits, we give adventurers on our Blue Mountain day tours the
opportunity to learn how to throw a boomerang.
However, today we want to walk you through the process. This way you can come prepared and enjoy the
boomerang sport in your free time before the day of your tour.
The great thing about a boomerang is, unlike other sports objects, you
don't need a second player. Because
boomerangs return to the thrower (when thrown right), you can enjoy the
activity by yourself. In addition to preparing
to show off your skills on our Blue Mountain
, you can also give yourself a way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors
after a day of office work.
Before we move on though, have you ever wondered who first asked the
question: How do you throw a boomerang?
In Farm Cove, Australia, in 1804, a group of western people came across a
tribal gathering where the boomerang was being used as a weapon during a
skirmish. As curious onlookers, you can
rest assured they were wondering the same thing you're wondering now – How do you throw a boomerang?!
Imagine it Functioning Like a Helicopter
Unlike a frisbee, a boomerang has open space on the top and bottom, which
causes it to operate like a helicopter.
Just think of a boomerang as a helicopter without a body of steel
attached to it.
Using this analogy, think of what happens when you hold a boomerang like
a frisbee. If you throw a boomerang horizontally,
it will accelerate like a helicopter; it will push against gravity and rise to
the sky. This is why you need to throw a boomerang vertically
Well, nearly vertically. It's best
to hold it at about a 20-degree angle so the boomerang has more of a chance of looping
back to you.
Now that you're holding the boomerang nearly vertically, when you release
forces will push against its side and cause it to accelerate in a straight
line. Because the surface area on the
top and bottom of a frisbee are negligible, there's little interference.
Step 2: Hold
it Like a Boomerang, Not Like a Frisbee
If you want it to work right, you have to hold it right. Giving it a random throw will bring you right
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To hold it right, follow these directions:
Make sure the V-point, or elbow, is pointed toward
Hold at the end of the bottom wing with a loose grip
A boomerang has curved edges on its wings – make
sure these face the left
left-handed you'll have to buy a left-handed boomerang. Throwing a regular boomerang with your left
hand will not
work out in your favor!
Account for Environmental Factors
To ensure the boomerang returns to you, make sure you account for the
wind outside. A good way to test how
strong it is and what direction it's moving in is to grab some loose
grass. When you have a few strands of
grass, throw them up in the air in front of you. The wind will carry them in the direction
it's moving in. Also, by judging the
speed at which the grass is carried, you'll get an idea of the wind's strength.
With this estimation in mind, adjust your stance accordingly. For instance, if the wind is pushing slightly
to the east, adjust your stance slightly to the west.
For every 1 km/h
unit of wind speed, move yourself 1 degree in the opposite direction. For instance, if the wind is moving at 20
km/h, adjust yourself 20 degrees.
Step 4: Throw
it Like a Baseball
When you have the right grip and stance, it's time to give throw it. Like you would throwing a ball, lead with the
foot opposite your throwing hand. Bring
the boomerang back – just behind your ear – and release with a snap. The snapping action is very important.
Without the snap, your boomerang will have
slow spin, and spin is what propels the boomerang and brings it back to you.
Step 5: Now
You can Treat it Like a Frisbee
Beginners always make the mistake of trying to catch a boomerang with one
hand. They neglect the fact that the
boomerang has hard blades and, despite the blades' roundness, receive a painful
sting along with their one-handed catch.
To make a successful catch that won't hurt your hand, use both hands.
When the boomerang is just in front of you,
make a clapping motion – one hand on top of the boomerang and the other on the
Now that you know how to throw a boomerang, we look forward to seeing you
on our Blue Mountain Day tours! To book
a tour, contact us online
or call 61.2.9636.6111.
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