How To Throw A Boomerang (That Will Actually Return)

Our handy boomerang guide


You may have recently gotten a boomerang for yourself as entertainment or as a traditional gift from Australia and have been itching to test it out. However, using it and looking at it are two different beasts. Luckily we’ve compiled an easy guide showing you how to enjoy this iconic tool. However, first you should make sure you have the right type of boomerang to throw with, or you may end up losing a boomerang or denting your neighbour’s car. A true returning boomerang is crafted to ensure that it’s aerodynamic path will return to its user. That being said, most Australian boomerangs are not returning boomerangs.

Another important point to keep in mind is that you should be doing this in an appropriate open area or space like a park where there is sufficient room for the boomerang to fly safely. Weather also plays a role in affecting your boomerang’s flight, while rain has little to do with overall performance, moderate to strong winds will impact it. 

The real technique to throwing:

There is no secret trick to doing this, however consistent form and good body mechanics will ensure the best experience for you and your boomerang. This can be broken down into 5 simple steps:

  1. First, we’ll have to navigate wind. It is what carries your boomerang and the difference maker between your boomerang ending up in someone’s backyard and landing back at you. What you want is to throw around the wind’s path to ensure your boomerang flies squarely away and loops back to you. A direction of roughly 45-50 degrees right (or left if you’re using a left-handed boomerang) away from the wind facing at you is the sweet spot, too far away and it will return to the right, too close and it will return closer to the other side.
  2. The rest of these steps are often the most tricky, due to execution and precision. To hold it properly, have the end of the boomerang nestled firmly but not tightly between your thumb and index finger when gripping. As you throw, aim for some slight elevation above eye-height.
  3. You should also pay attention to the tilt of the boomerang to the side, ideally, you should be throwing it at an angle around 30 degrees to get the best curve during calm conditions. As it gets windier, you can gradually adjust the tilt inwards.
  4. The key to getting the sweet swing from the boomerang lies in your spin, and the wrist action you impart on it as it flies out of your hand, rather than your forcing it to drift in the wind. Once you generate enough spin, it will do all the work on its own.
  5. With the above points being said, your throw is still the final piece in the puzzle of hurling this bent stick and praying it returns. So how strong should you be throwing your boomerang? This all depends on how you control all other mentioned factors. Without control, your boomerang is just another fetch stick for your dog.

Once you nail these, you’ll be well on your way to seeing the return of your boomerang instead of seeing it disappear into the woods.


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