So you're learning how to throw cards and you want some quick and dirty tips to put some fire and accuracy behind your throws?
After all, throwing cards is easy, but getting really good at throwing cards is...well a little harder.
Fret not, with these 7 card throwing tips you can rest easy knowing that you are doing everything in your power to maximize your speed and accuracy!
Let's get to the tips!
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There are a lot of things occurring when we throw a card—from how we position our fingers, the flick we give with our wrist, or even the way in which we follow through with our arm.
All of these things factor into the way the card travels, and if we falter on even one our cards will stray.
The master card thrower has impeccable form on all levels, and while perfecting our form may seem like a long and tedious task, it's much simpler than you might expect if you approach it in pieces.
You see, every skill is the sum of many smaller actions, and if we can identify these smaller actions, tear them out and perfect them on their own, we can very quickly gain proficiency in that skill—card throwing is no exception.
Be sure to check out our article on how to throw cards fast, far, and accurately here for more information on how to hone these mini actions!
Another method of improving your form is to slow the entire process of throwing a card down.
This helps you focus more on the form and less on trying to hit a target. Be sure to check out our beginners guide to card throwing here for a review of ideal throwing form!
One of the last things many—including myself— think of when throwing cards is the importance of footwork and stance, but like any physical activity, it can make a significant difference in how your cards fly!
The best stance to take while throwing is to place the opposite foot of your throwing arm slightly forward, pointing your toes straight at your target. Then with your other leg, tilt your foot outward about 90 degrees.
For a visual representation of this, check out the following image.
This stance will ensure that your body is facing your target's direction and will maximize accuracy and help the rest of your body deliver a smooth throw!
When you are trying to hone in your accuracy, using cards with small nicks and bends can cause your cards to fly in crazy and random directions.
Throwing a bent card is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get!
It can be very hard—if not impossible—to determine what corrections you need to be making when you're not sure if your inaccuracy is because of you or your cards.
Ensuring that you are using cards that fly straight is one of the best things you can do to quickly improve your skill.
Two ways to ensure your cards are in tip-top aerodynamic condition is to use relatively new cards or even plastic cards that are less prone to breaking or bending. Check out this article for a complete guide on the best cards for card throwing.
Another great option that doesn't require investing in special cards is simply hanging a bed sheet or blanket behind your target, so your cards have something soft to hit if you miss.
A speedy way to improve all aspects of your card throwing skills is to be very aware of how your cards fly and any patterns that you can recognize—good or bad.
If you remain aware and notice your cards are straying in one direction, you can make fine adjustments to your technique and pull them back to the center.
Awareness is the fast track to greatness!
The next tip is to be and remain very intentional with what you are throwing at.
Target practice can at times be very frustrating, but remaining intention and disciplined with what you are trying to hit with your cards will dramatically improve your speed and accuracy!
When practicing, pick a target that matches your skill level, but at the same time, challenges you.
Also, be sure to adjust your target as you progress by making it smaller, moving it further away, or even set it up to move!
If you're the competitive type, why not leverage that power in a fun way to level up your skills?
Grab a couple of friends and start a card throwing competition! You can wager prestige, money, or even the next bar tab.
There is nothing like out-throwing your friends and claiming your rightful position as the card-throwing king!
They say if you don't use it, you lose it—your card throwing skills are no exception!
Try and create a daily throwing routine, even if it is only a few minutes a day.
Dedicate yourself to throwing a set number of cards or hitting a specific target a few times every day!
Not only will this help keep your current skills sharp, but it will also exponentially increase your proficiency and the speed at which you progress!
Continual practice and discipline is the only way to mastery!
I hope you found these seven card throwing tips helpful, and please consider sharing your own tips below. I would love to hear and learn from them, and I'm sure others would as well!
If you would like to learn more about card throwing, techniques, or even the best throwing cards, consider checking out our complete collection of card throwing guides here, and as always, happy throwing!