Boomerangs can be grouped by several of their parameters, though we can emphasize two of them that are the most essential of all.

I, By the most frequent shapes:

Two bladers:


II, By function:


Description of the different shapes

Classical V-shapes:

The 2 ? generally straight ? blades enclose an angle of 80° to 120°. The airfoil is traditionally formed. Flight-distance between 30 to 50 meters mostly. Easy to throw, easy to catch, thus easily manageable. Drawback: shape is not very exciting, more sensible to wind changes in case of lighter types.

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Modern V-shapes:

Usually smaller and lighter than classical V-shapes, blades enclose an angle of 70° to 110°. Blades do not grow narrow at the end this way they keep their drive / momentum for longer. Advantage: easy manageability, drawback: again more sensible to wind changes. Very good for beginners.

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Omega shapes:

Thanks to its shape reminding us to the Greek letter, omega its flight characteristics differ significantly from other 2-bladers?. Advantage: less sensible to wind changes, fascinating view (they slice the air easily while flying along a regular cyclic path with a diameter of 40 to 60 meters).
Drawback: more technical experience is needed to throw and to catch them.

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Admiral?s hat shapes:

Transition between modern 2-bladers and omega shapes.

Advantage: less sensible to wind changes than most of the others, easier to throw and to catch than omega shaped at the same time a bit more difficult to manage than modern V-shaped ones. Flight distance range between 30 to 60 meters.

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Hook shapes:

Manageability is similar to omega shaped but their flight path is more elliptic than cyclic. Drawback: sensible to wind changes at the same time their shape opens the door to imagination therefore very often you can meet some animal shapes among them.

Flight distance usually ranges between 30 to 60 meters.

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L-shapes or hockey stick shapes (MTA):

Angle of inclination of the blades is around 90°, one blade is remarkably longer than the other is. Light, flat boomerangs, their flight path is irregular and they not necessarily return to the starting point, in return they stay in the air much longer than the others do. This is the reason for their name as well, MTA (Maximum Time Aloft). Used in MTA competitions.

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Non-figurative styles:

These boomerangs are available in various shapes and therefore can even more serve as a home décor object than others.

Their flight characteristics are within a wide range but generally they are more difficult to manage than modern 2-bladers and they have a less regular flight path than omega shaped ones.

Of course some of them synthesize just the advantageous features.

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Descriptions by function:

MTA (Maximum Time Aloft) boomerangs:

Basically they are able to remain in the air for a long time (world record is more than 2 minutes) but most of them are not capable of returning to the starting point. They are light and flat, angle of inclination of their blades is around 90°.

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Distance boomerangs:

Usually their shape is semicircular but various types exist, depending on their weight and form.

Their common feature is the near-symmetrical airfoil, thus forces necessary for returning do not divert them suddenly therefore they turn around at a wide sweep (world record is more than 150 meters).

Lots of experience is necessary for throwing them.

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Fast Catch boomerangs:

Most of these boomerangs are multi-bladed and thanks to this they turn very easily and return to the starting point quickly. They are small and light, easy to throw although good reflexes are needed to catch them.

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Trick Catch boomerangs:

Diversified shapes exist, they are light and flat. They slow down at the end of their return spinning afloat horizontally offering us time to carry out tricky catches for example one-handed and behind your back. You can also try catching with your legs of course only after a lot of practicing.

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Other boomerangs:

Of course lots of boomerangs exist with unique shapes and behavior, that can not be easily classified. These have individual shapes and a certain technique must be applied for throwing and catching them. Their flight path is often far away from the regular circle emphasizing even more their unusual features.

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