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How to Throw a Returning Boomerang


Safety First

  • Even though a returning boomerang is lighter than a hunting boomerang it can still inflict injury to humans and animals if hit by one. It may also cause damage to plants, glass, pottery etc.
  • It is best not a throw boomerang in populated areas. If other people are around make sure they are fully aware of your activities.
  • May be a good idea to wear safety goggles.
  • Do not throw a boomerang in high or gusty winds. The boomerang will come back, but, not to your feet. It will fly off into the wild blue (or grey) yonder and you may loose it.
  • Not a good idea to fly boomerangs around houses, or, where there are trees, otherwise, you may find yourself having to climb up trees and onto peoples rooftops to retrieve your boomerang.


1. Hold boomerang flat side in the palm of your hand. 
Note: There are left (L) and right handed (RH) boomerangs. You cannot throw a RH boomerang with your left hand and vise versa. To tell if it is RH or LH boomerang, view a wing of the boomerang end elevation style. It will have a twist in it. RH boomerangs have anticlockwise twists and LH boomerangs have clockwise twists.
2. For RH boomerangs. The returning boomerang will return to the thrower without any wind assistance. If there is no wind, point the boomerang, arm outstretched, vertically and straight ahead. Now, with your wrist, tilt the boomerang about 30º to the right of vertical.
3. Stand with your feet apart left leg in front of right. Begin to step forward, and, as you do bring the boomerang back over your shoulder. Be sure you maintain the 30º angle. When you have almost completed the step forward, throw (spin) the boomerang, eyesight level and horizontal to the ground, out in front of you. The boomerang needs to be spinning around quickly for it to fly properly (its wings are aerodynamically shaped for the purpose of lifting through the air and making its way back to you).
4. If there is a wind blowing, face the wind and turn 45º to the right. But, also maintain the 30º tilt to the vertical. Maintain these angles at all times according to the conditions. Stand in the position from where you threw it. Watch where the boomerang lands. It should land at your feet.
Note: If you throw the boomerang too vertical it will veer into the ground on its way out. If you throw the boomerang too horizontally it will spin up high into the air and either come down with a thud (in which case he boomerang may be broken), or, descend quickly, skim along the ground, and, if you are standing in its way, hit you in the shins (a very painful experience). Unless you are very quick and energetic and can jump over it as it skims along the ground (as some of us used to do when we were children).
5. If the boomerang lands to far to your right you need to widen the angle to the wind, say 50º or more to the right. If the boomerang lands too far to your left you will need to lessen the angle to the wind, say to 25º or more.  
Djirrbal/Ngadjonji Tribes
Rainforest Area. North Queensland. Australia


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