These instructions can be used for either left or right
There are also special
for the Triskelian UHB.
Printable version of these instructions in PDF format.
A good throw starts with the proper grip. The two main grips are the
cradle grip and the
pinch grip. The cradle grip is where the
boomerang is grasped like you would a tennis racquet. The flat side of the
boomerang is to the palm of the hand and the fingers wrapped around the shaped
side. The thumb is either over the fingers (like a fist) or just above the index
finger. Hold the boomerang as close to the end as possible to get maximum spin.
The pinch grip [Pictured] is the one I recommend since I get better spin
and control. Place the boomerang between the thumb and forefinger with the thumb
on the curved surface. Cock the boomerang back toward the wrist at about a 45�
angle. Pinch tightly so that the boomerang "pops" from the fingers as the arm
straightens out. This makes for a cleaner release and better spin which helps
the boomerang return.
The Layover angle (or angle of release) is slightly less than
perpendicular to the horizon. The proper layover is normally 75-80�, but each
boomerang will have it's own "proper" layover. Start with the suggested angle
and work from there. You MUST throw your boomerang nearly perpendicular
with the back side of the boomerang away from you! A boomerang that is thrown
horizontal like a Frisbee� disk will not return.
Wind is a big factor in the proper return of a boomerang. The best flights
will be achieved in 0-10 mph winds, however, after some practice you will be
able to adjust for many wind conditions (within reason, of course) by throwing
more into the wind, tuning the boomerang, or by adding weight or flaps. The
suggested angle to the wind is between 45� and 90� to the right or left of the
wind in direct relation to the throwing hand. I prefer to throw almost 90� to
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Most beginners will want to throw the boomerang up too high. This is not
necessary, since the boomerang will naturally climb as it progresses through the
circle of flight. Normally you will want to throw the boomerang horizontal or up
to 20� above the horizon. I usually throw about 10�. If you throw too
high, the boomerang will land behind you. If you throw too low, the boomerang
will fly in front of you.
When the boomerang comes back, it will be spinning relatively horizontal. The
easiest and safest way to catch a boomerang is to reach out BOTH hands and
attempt to CLAP them together on it. If the boomerang is moving too quickly, do
not try to catch it! Later, after you have a better understanding of how the
boomerang will react, you may try some trick catches or one-hand catches, but
exercise caution. I also recommend wearing cycling or weight lifting
gloves, especially if you are attempting trick catches. These have open fingers
for gripping the boomerang while throwing, but have extra padding in the palms,
which will give you more confidence to catch the boomerang!
||Changes made on
10 June, 2021