The word ”atlatl” is of Aztec origin.
atlatlThe length of a spear thrower is approximately the distance between the index finger and armpit, so 50 to 65 cm.
Through the leverage of the nearly half a meter elongated throwing arm, you can throw spears with more power and further. Also, the spear speed is higher. A long throwing arm ensures higher flight and a greater range. Make him e.g. of hazel.

The effective hunting distance is around 30 meters. This distance ensures sufficient penetration and makes the animal is reached quickly after injury. You can see form and use of the atlatl today back in a few gadgets: pitcher balls to play with the dog, fish pitcher.