Here is the test of the famous Braket carbon MTA boomerang made by Adam Mac Laughlin.
This article has been completed with 2 fresh videos.
Adam has been making a lot of moulded carbon MTA, he made more than 500 carbon boomerangs, some records made with theses MTA, there are many stories to tell about this MTA, here is just one of them :
Adam set the British record with a score of 1 minute: during German championship in 2018
A carbon MTA is made of ... carbon, balsa, epoxy polymer, experience, love and time ..
The wingspan of the bra Ket is 33,7 cm, thickness around 2mm.
The range of weight depends on the way it is made : from 15 to 29 grams.
How is it sent ?
Booms are sent in a rigid package.
Carbon Booms team is composed of Adam and Martin, they are also selling other carbon boomerangs, do not hesitate to have a look at their website.
THE SHAPER : back on Adam Interview on Boom pop
Boompop made an Interview of Adam recently in Mallorca, here is the link
Do not hesitate a second to watch other interviews made on the boom pop channel..
You can also find an interview of Adam on IFBA Facebook page.
Quick story of the Bra|Ket
Once again, it is on the boom pop ..
HOW TO THROW ?
Before throwing, check the wind, if it is more than 10 km/h or 5 mph, the risk of seeing you MTA going very far is too high.
This kind of boom needs experience, the braket provides good flight with strong throw, the "azimut" is between 45 to 55 °, the layover must be close to vertical, and the harder you throw, the more vertical you have to release it.
When throwing a new MTA, i noticed experimented throwers are starting with soft throws, in order to check everything is ok, then they increase power.
Here is a video of Andrea, designer of the Bra|Ket throwing a Carbon MTA.
And here is a video of Denis Suprana, from Indonesia .
HOW TO TUNE YOUR MTA ?
As some Japanese cookers says : best cook is no cook ..
This kind of boom is not designed to be tuned, carbon in epoxy is very rigid, you could break it instead of tuning it.. so it is NOT recommended to tune it as you could break it or detune it.
How to store your MTA ?
Before going to the field, take care of your MTA : minimal sun , do not bent , do not store it with 124 booms in your bag, store it separately ..
REMINDER OF SAFETY RULES
Before going to the field, take care of your neighborhood …
We recommend to throw MTA with others boombrothers, on a large field (minimum 1 football size)
Especially on first throws, it is recommended to have a friend looking at the flight.
MTA are designed to fly high and far, when the throw is not correct, they might have an unpredictable return, so check nobody else than only boomfriends are around when you throw.
THE APPROACH WHEN THROWING CARBON MTA
Most of throwers begin the MTA with paxolin ones. It is common and easy to find or build.
When you throw PAX, you adapt the tuning to your throw, and you pray the have it tuned on D DAY when your turn is coming.
When you throw carbon, you adapt your throw to the tuning, trying to get the best performance of your boom, if you have several carbon booms from the same mold, they probably have the same tuning, even if Adam is ready to burn his bag to fine tune your MTA..
In competition, training throws are rare, sometimes 5 minutes, if you can rely on a tuned MTA, you mind will be focused on the throw not on the tuning.
When your pax MTA is not stable and you have to tune it in 5 or warm up throws, it can become a little bit complicated.
The MTA flight is ‘separated’ in two parts,
The first one, just after the throw, where the thrower is trying to send it at a maximum height, the boomerang is changing its inclination from close to vertical to horizontal .
Then the second part of the flight starts, the Autorotation part, due to the particular tuning of the wings, the MTA is falling down so slowly, and it is fighting against gravity by converting it into spin.
SCHEMA TO BE ADDED HERE ..
FLIGHT MODE in no wind
You do not need to go far, carbon throwers try to get higher, they prefer light weight MTA.
The thrower only has to stay in the circle, looking for a bull’s eye or a little thermal to get extra seconds of flight.
You will easily understand that a carbon MTA of 16 grams is going to fell down slower than a pax weighting 32g, for the same throw / tuning .
FLIGHT MODE in wind
The more difficult point is this one “stay in the circle…”
Throwers tend to use heavier MTAs, for example the palm (designed by Manuel SCHÜTZ) , with a tuning that enable the boom to go really in front of the circle, like an aussie round, in order to have something that starts soaring in front of the circle, with just enough height to have a ‘good’ score as it is dangerous to have boom that goes too high and finishes 100 m behind the circle …
I have never seen holes on carbon MTA, but tape, rubber bands, or holes on pax MTA are part of the strategy.
SOME POINTS :
Best MTA are designed to be lost… but it was already the same with MTA made in wood..
THROWER 1 : As a lefty used to throw my own PAX MTA, I had several things to change, but it is not complicated to throw RH MTA when you are a lefty, I will even add I can easily throw high with negative angle if needed, as it becomes positive angle when thrown with left hand. ..
With Pax, on my own point of view I was used to throw heavier MTA, trying to get as much altitude as I can, in order to have the maximum hovering period.With Carbon, the throw is a little bit different, after a little period once all parameters was close to the right values, I was able to see theses MTA going down so slowly..
I even start loosing one of them on the top of the tree, while i was on good session with 40 seconds throw.
THROWER 2 : when i am throwing a braket, i know i have a good tuned boomerang i can rely on, i only have to think about the right throw.
Especially for team events, i cannot rely on a boomerang that could become untuned.
OTHER THROWERS coming soon ..
And Last but not least… THE CATCH
Do not forget to catch you MTA, no catch , no score ..we are throwing more and more threebladers, in every tournament, we see throwers dropping their MTA…
Do not wait to see your MTA at 3 cm from the ground to catch it, especially if you do not have scored a time yet, or if you are in the American system.
- Open your fingers,
- Keep your eyes on the boomerang,
- take care of the sun, prefer it in your back.