Somewhat new to knife throwing, running into a new issue and could use some help figuring it out.

Discussion in 'Throwing Knives & Knife Throwing' started by Morgan L Smith, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. Morgan L Smith

    Morgan L Smith

    Sep 10, 2020
    Hello everyone, my name is Morgan and I have been throwing for only about 2 weeks. I have some basic throwing knives and I have been getting better with instinct throwing no spin and full spin. However today I ran into an issue where it felt like all my knives were stuck to my fingers, but I threw almost all of them at a really low angle and way off target from where I always throw. I couldn't get my release right. My two guesses are that my previous day workout is causing some sort of muscle delay between my brain and muscles when I am trying to time the release, or they really are sticking to my fingers for some reason. Some are cold steel some are stainless but all of them seem to feel stuck. Any ideas?
  2. BitingSarcasm


    Feb 25, 2014
    Honestly it sounds like there is some overthinking going on. Mentally there are a number of variables you are balancing in your head with each throw in order to get it to the target. It is quite similar to how an experienced driver can hold a conversation, fiddle with the radio, and still manage to get to the correct destination without crashing; the amount of direct attention required to complete the task is lessened. A rookie driver will neglect things, notice that something is going wrong, and then over correct. My bet is that you are concentrating on one part of the throw and your muscle memory isn't quite ready to go full autopilot on the other bits. Take a break, relax and loosen the arm, then come back to it.

    If it is a physical thing, my bet would be on your arm being over tired or over trained. It's hard to do fine motor skills when the muscles are still recovering from a workout, and if you are throwing hard it puts a surprising amount of strain on small muscles and tendons that aren't used to it. Baseball pitchers have a whole library devoted to maximizing the power and longevity of their arms because of the strain involved. You aren't going to be going for fastball speed, but the Cold Steel knives have some heft--take a day between serious throwing sessions until you don't feel taxed.
  3. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Get the knife throwing "Bible" by Cutlery Hall of Famer Harry Mc Evoy. Available in paperback. image.jpeg
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