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Crackpot Mailbox: The Exile Need to Know about Hammer and Axe Training Strokes
The Exile commented on September 19 2019
Sep-24-2019 12:21 PM UTC
James,
I would like some clarifications regarding the axe work described above :
- How much does the axe weigh?
- Could the one-handed and two-handed chops be emulated with a sledgehammer and a tractor tire?
When using ballpeen hammers :
- Do you remain standing hitting an upright target or do you kneel down to hammer down at a stump?
Regards,
- The Exile
I have an additional article and hopefully a video, coming on this.
The axe weighs 5-6 pounds and is for quartering elk.
A sledge and tire work fine. Stacking a number of tires around a pole is good for sledge work. Due to radial bands within tires, cutting holes for chain and post is difficult.
The stump is three feet high, tabletop level and I always try to move my feet when hitting.
Do hammer strokes that pull it back over your shoulder and back down.
Do forearm hammer strokes from the elbow, until the muscles burn.
Most of all do rotational backhand hammer strokes, pulling the tool down after the stroke, past your lead leg and guts and then up over your head and down again. This is the best stroke for your footwork practice, combining it with shifts, passes and pivots.
Alternate the different types of strokes in successive sets instead of resting.
Be certain to stretch your forearm muscles gently after training.
Wear sunglasses or safety glasses and be mindful not to hit your head with a glancing stroke or eat a bounce, especially off of a tire.
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