I can do it. I picked one up in Australia. If you can throw what’s called a “hammer” with a frisbee, throwing a boomerang is pretty much the same motion. A hammer is a forehand thrown vertically which causes the disc to turnover and typically land upside down. It’s kind of like throwing a baseball overhand.
If you throw the boomerang a couple of times you can observe its flight path and get it to return to your general area.
Yeah that’s it. It was rather popular when I was visiting California with my folks. People played it in the park. Now, that I come to think of it, I’m pretty sure we bought one, might give a look in my parents’ basement when I visit them next time.
I used to do this when I was about 14. The boomerang was made of light wood. My father picked it up somewhere on his travels. I couldn’t get it to come back for a long time, then realized with this one it had to be chucked high and hard. The turn-around came over 100 ft away, and if it wasn’t high enough, it would hit the ground before returning all the way. I don’t think I ever got it all the way back high enough in the air to catch. If I ran forward after tossing, I had a chance of knocking it down in the air. I didn’t want catch it without gloves, it spins fairly fast. One day it got stuck pretty far up in a tree across the street, on someone’s property, and they came out and yelled at me when I started climbing the tree to get it down. It stayed up there for months, and then after a big storm, it was gone, nowhere to be found.
Years later someone gave me a plastic one. It was easier to toss and have it return. I used it a few times, then gave it to someone else. It never compared to thrill of accomplishment from learning to throw that first one I had when I was young.
Writing this jogged my memory about something else. In the early 60’s, at the drugstore where they sold the little balsa gliders and rubber band powered planes, they also had a a boomerang. It was to rectangular pieces of balsa about the size and shape of the hold wooden rulers with the beveled edge, and a plastic T-joint that slid along the longer piece, and the shorter piece was inserted into at right angles. Sliding the the joint up an down changed the flight of the boomerang. They didn’t behave exactly like a conventional boomerang, but they were fun to play with.
Absolutely. It is one of my secret skills that I rarely get to show off. As a 10 year year old, I was a boomerang master. I spent hundreds of hours practicing in our fields when I was growing. I had a couple of friends that dared me to throw one out and have it come back to hit them. I made them promise to stay in place as long as they could but they all ran when it came back attempting to give them a haircut. I wouldn’t recommend trying to catch the heavy wooden ones when they come back however. They hurt. I have been looking online for some well-made sports models of wood or heavy plastic but most of them are either lightweight knockoffs or art pieces that aren’t meant to be used. My favorite move was throwing one out far and then have it come back to helicopter and land right at my feet.
This was the same one I had. The most memorable throw I ever executed hit a telephone pole with the trailing edge on the way out which kicked the rotation speed way up. On the return leg it was literally buzzing through the air. I decided not to try to catch it.