Why Do I Keep Hitting Myself With A Hammer & How To Avoid It?

Working with hammers is a seemingly easy task, but it doesn’t come without its dangers. One such danger is hitting yourself from time to time.

Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer

Generally, this wouldn’t be much of a concern if it’s a rare occasion.

But at one stage, it’s good to put your foot down and stop it from happening ever again.

In this segment, I’ll help you understand why this happens, and then using that,

Move on to what you can do to avoid hitting yourself with your hammer!

What Went Wrong?

Hasty Work

The number one culprit when it comes to hitting yourself with a hammer is when you try to rush through work.

This is because speeding through things doesn’t allow the sub-consciousness to accept the seriousness of the task at hand truly, and can hence result in you being a little slouchy, and inevitably hitting yourself.


If you have one of those old school hammers, one main culprit you should anticipate is a loosehead that can be easily displaced to a few mms.

This can often result in hitting the fingers when dealing with nails that are small and require extra alignment.

The best way to move forward from this is to get the head tightened, and the problem will disappear overnight.

Bad Judgment

In many cases, we move too close to the work station and don’t have the range of motion that allows for effective hammering.

This can result in hitting the fingers or generally producing undesirable results.

It’s best to have some space when working with tools that require a certain power threshold to operate.

Tips For Avoiding!

Have A Solid Grip

The first tip I’d recommend avoiding being hit next time is by starting with a strong and firm grip of the hammer and the nail.

Having a stronger grip ensures that you can control the trajectory the hammer follows and hence have more control over the direction.

Be Mindful of Placement

When holding the nail down, make sure that you hold it from the middle rather than from the top.

If the nail is very small, it’s best only to ensure that you support the nail instead of holding it upright.

In this case, you’ll also have to make sure that you apply the right amount of pressure.

Have A Fluid Movement

A fluid movement, instead of a jerky movement, is very important if you want to get work done in a precise and nice manner.

Furthermore, fluid movement is also something that comes from concentration and attention.

Hence, these things go hand in hand to ensure that you’re mindful and careful when working with hammers.


Understanding why your mistakes happen, acknowledging them, and then moving past is what makes us grow. And I hope that the segment above could help you do exactly that.

If you have any questions and queries about the whole thing, I would love to hear from you in the comment section below!

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