The curved, or decorated side should always be held towards
your body and the flat unpainted side should always be facing
away from you. The easiest way to grip the boomerang is to make
a closed fist and slide the boomerang between your thumb and
first finger. Make sure to cock the boomerang back for maximum
spin. The "elbow" of the boomerang can be facing either forward
or backward as seen in the image to the left. Practice is the
best way to find the grip perfect for you.
Always throw your boomerang in the traditional over arm style
(Some competition level boomerangs have specific throwing instructions
- see Competition Boomerangs). Aim the boomerang at or just
above the horizon prior to cocking back. Release the boomerang
at the peak height of your throw. When thrown correctly, the
boomerang will fly in a circle and reach the apex of its flight
at the point furthest away from you. As the boomerang returns
it will begin to slow down and hover towards the ground.
The Boomerang should be nearly vertical when releasing. Increasing
the tilt angle makes it fly higher and land further back. Holding
the boomerang more vertically will make it fly lower to the
ground and land more forward. NEVER hold the boomerang horizontally
flat like a frisbee. This will cause the boomerang to fly in
dangerous swooping and diving flights.
Adjusting for the Wind
Throw to the right of the wind at an angle between 45° and
90°. Left handed throwers should throw to the left of the
wind between a 45° and 90° angle. Aiming at a 45°
angle is usually a good rule of thumb, and will utilize the
breeze in your favor to help bring the boomerang back. By standing
in the same spot and aiming for an object in the distance, you
can adjust the throw angle to the wind.
Catch the boomerang using both of your hands in a clapping
motion as shown in the diagram to the left. Only attempt to
catch the boomerang while it is slowly hovering towards you
and is below shoulder height. Aim for the center section of
the boomerang as you catch it, and try to avoid the faster
moving wing tips. NEVER try to catch a boomerang that is diving
or moving fast.