Talk about keeping your head in the game.
A Colorado woman recently visited a nearby Bad Axe Throwing club — and barely made it out alive.
Amateur thrower Ainsley narrowly dodged a gruesome beheading when she tossed her shaky ax towards a wooden target, only to have the weapon ricochet off the wall and nearly impale her forehead. (Yes, throwing axes is a real party trend now— complete with craft brews and birthday bash packages.)
Ainsley’s friend caught the close-call for Instagram, where it’s racked up nearly 40,000 views.
But ax throwing pros say there’s a lot wrong with what happened in this now viral video.
“Every guest who throws an ax inside our venue is required to participate in a 15 minute safety and training tutorial where we demonstrate proper throwing mechanics, procedures, and handling of axes,” says Max Klein, a representative at Brooklyn’s Kick Axe Throwing, who says they also follow guidelines by the National Axe Throwing Federation and World Axe Throwing League.
“Additionally, every guest participating in ax throwing does so with an assigned Axe Pro at their side at all times, so no guest is ever free throwing without instruction like what you see in the video.”
They also install foam mats and soft wood boards around the target to “deaden the ax on impact,” which helps prevent the ricochet-effect seen in the video.
At Kick Axe in Gowanus, guests pay $35 for a 75-minute throwing session that includes the aforementioned safety lesson, plus games and even props to help make the most memorable selfies.
And, yes, they do serve beer.
Adds Klein, “Simple measures could have prevented this incident from happening.”