My boomerang won’t come back

Some throwing errors come up again and again. Here’s the classics, and some ways to avoid them.

Throwing sidearm/across the body

This is THE mistake everyone begins with. Even experienced throwers can find themselves throwing across their body. Often they will not realise it.

While many Distance boomerangs require very flat throws, nearly everything else can be thrown with too much layover. The boomerang will climb steeply, stop, then come crashing down. This is the easiest way to break a boomerang, and sometimes a boomerang thrower as well.

Often combined with the sidearm throw is a cross-body movement of the throwing arm, with the throwing hand ending up in front of, or even outside, the opposite shoulder. At the very least, this makes judging the angle you are throwing with respect to the wind much more difficult.

Why does this poor throwing style happen? Primarily, it probably shows a lack of faith. It’s the same as beginners who throw too high — they are trying to guide the boomerang to its destination. If thrown at the right angles and with appropriate amounts of strength and spin, the boomerang will do all that automagically: LET IT DO SO.

How to stop doing this? Here’s some tips:

  • Don’t throw while still. Similar to throwing a ball, your opposing foot should be stepping forward as you throw. This helps orient you.
  • Try to stop your throwing hand in front of you. This will also help make more consistent the elevation you throw at — try to finish with your hand around eye level.
  • A test of whether you are doing this is to concentrate on your wrist snap, where the spin for the throw comes from. If you’re using a pinch grip, this will basically be like knocking on a door (try it; stick your arm out in front of you, and do the snap; see how unnatural the sideways snap is). If you’re using a full grip, the correct snap will be as if you were playing the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.

Losing your boomerangs

Even for an experienced thrower, the path of a boomerang is a tricky thing. If you look away, there’s a good chance you’ll lose sight of it. SO DON’T DO IT! Especially when tracking an MTA or Trick Catch boomerang, the ability to run, turn, and keep an eye on the boomerang is a tricky thing. Work on it (wear sun/safety glasses). Make it second nature.

Similarly, once a boomerang lands, go get it, immediately. You WILL lose them otherwise. When a throw lands a significant distance away, always pick a point beyond it (a tree, for example) to ensure you head directly to the fallen boomerang.

If you’ve got it almost right after that, you might want to move on to our page on how to tune a boomerang.

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