How to Throw a Boomerang

Wondering how to throw a boomerang?

Throwing a boomerang has become a very popular activity with tourists in Australia, who are thought by Australian Aboriginal People on different tours and shows, how to throw a boomerang.

Here is some information about how to do it safely and correctly.

Aborigine with a Boomerang, c.1860s
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Boomerang throwing can seriously be dangerous if you do it in a wrong way. If you don’t know how to do it in the right way, you are better off not touching it, because it can take its own path, often high up to the sky, and then fall back and hit you or other people. First, you have to hold it properly. Either you hold it between your thumb and forefinger, or you wrap your forefinger around the front of the boomerang. Second, the only way you throw a boomerang, is overhand. If you throw it side-arm, it will do just what’s said above – fly high up to the sky, and hit you when falling down. Third, just like when throwing a ball, don’t stay still – take a step forward while throwing it. Fourth, just as you throw it, in the end of the throw, snap your wrist to create spin – it is essential. Without spin, the boomerang won’t come back!

Vice Presidential Candidate Henry A. Wallace, Throwing a Boomerang in a Field
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You also have to watch the wind. If it is a too windy day, it can be too dangerous to throw a boomerang. Also, find the right place. Get away from other people and animals. It has to be a wide open area, a sports ground is perfect. Note also that there are different boomerangs for right-handed and left-handed people, so make sure you get the right boomerang. Boomerangs thrown by left-handed people spin in clockwise direction, while those thrown by right-handed people spin counter-clockwise.


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