Kinda like we say while skiing . . . "the last run's when you get hurt" For the OP who sounds like he's trying to get his stance figured out, remember this. When you over-shoot, you break wooden handles. When you under-shoot, the handle hits you in the balls. If you glance off to either side, you can literally kill people or animals anywhere near you. Personally, I'm a fan of splitting alone. No idea from that pic whether it's Oak or Hickory (I have none of the latter) but as Jay said, if that's Oak, a 12# MonsterMaul should send both halves flyin'