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SAFETY RULESRead carefully before throwing your boomerang:
HOW TO HOLD ITThe curved or decorated side should be held towards you and the flat side away. The easiest way to grip the boomerang is to make a closed fist and insert the boomerang between the thumb and first finger. Make sure the boomerang is cocked back along your arm for maximum spin. The “elbow” can be pointing either forward or back as shown. see which grip suits you best.
HOW TO THROW
Throw with a normal over arm style facing 45 degrees to the right of the wind (to the left if you are left handed). Aim the boomerang at a point on or just above the horizon.
ALLOWING FOR THE WIND
Throw to the right of the wind about 45 degrees (to the left if you are left handed) so that the breeze helps the boomerang come back. By throwing from the same spot and aiming for an object in the distance, you can adjust the throw angle to the wind.
LAUNCH TILT ANGLE
This is very important. The boomerang should be nearly vertical on release. Increasing the tilt angle makes it fly higher and land further back. Holding it more vertically makes it fly lower and land further forward.
NEVER THROW IT LAID OVER FLATWhen thrown correctly the boomerang will fly in a circle with the highest point of the flight at the furthest away from you, and then hover down slowly nearby.
CATCHING YOUR BOOMERANG
Catch it between you hands in a clapping motion as shown here as it hovers down near you. Aim for the central section of the boomerang and avoid contacting the fast moving wing tips.
CAUTIONNever try to catch a boomerang that is diving or moving fast. Catching should only be attempted when the boomerang is in a stable, slow moving hovering flight and after it is below shoulder height.
Please note: These tips relate to right-handed boomerangs. Those throwing left-handed boomerangs will need to mentally reverse/mirror image these instructions.
Your boomerang should fly more or less as depicted in the picture. Some models fly higher with a nice a hover at the end.
Lands to your left:
Throw further to the right (relative to the wind). On calm days: throw with reduced layover.
Flies high then crashes vertically:
Use less outward tilt on launch. Never throw your boomerang sidearm! Hold your boomerang vertically with no layover.Repeating this throwing error can eventually damage or even break your boomerang.
Lands to your right:
Throw further to the left (relative to the wind). On calm days: Throw with more layover.
Lands in front of you:
Throw with more power and/or spin. Try throwing lower or with a little more tilt.
Flies up then swoops, recovers and lands short:
Aim the launch lower — i.e. don’t throw the boomerang up in the air but more towards the horizon.
Comes back high overhead and hovers away:
Throw with less power or less tilt.
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