How to throw better darts
Published by The Jester, Sept 9, 2014
So you think you know how to throw darts, but you want to be better at it? Maybe you’re new to the game, and want to learn how to throw darts properly. Well, Jester’s Billiards wants to help you. Our staff has researched the Internet for some great tips and guidelines from some great sources, and here we present to you, in hopes of helping you throw better darts.
First of all, every expert has three basic rules: practice, practice and then practice some more.
However, practicing is not just tossing darts on a dartboard for several hours. Think of darts as more of a martial art practice rather than just going to the gym and lifting weights over and over. In addition to the basic “strength” involved in dart throwing, it’s also a matter of skill and touch. It’s the skill and touch that will make you a master, and it’s also a big reason why darts are so much fun for everyone.
First tip: Try to practice each day of the week, with not more than 1 or two days off.
Even 20 minutes a day – everyday- is a good baseline practice strategy. On weekends try to get in a good 1-2 hour set. According to dartbase.com, top German player Andre Welge used to get up 20 minutes earlier in the morning to get some additional practicing before he went to work.
Second tip: Practice like it’s real.
Be intense. Practice on a concentration level similar to your matchplay level. If you find your concentration or motivation dropping during a longer session, take a break. Give yourself 15- 30 minutes, and then return to your practice session. If you find yourself unhappy with your practice throwing, step back and regroup. A lack of concentration and/or motivation practice will not help you achieve your goals. In many other sports, pushing yourself to the limit is necessary, but not in darts. Remember in darts, you will need a skillful touch, and coordination – not just power. Remember, dart throwing is meant to be fun.
Tip number three: Practice alone.
Solitaire practicing is much more valuable than practicing with friends. The reason for this is you will be focusing on YOUR balance, coordination, aim and other aspects of dart throwing, not in “competing” with others, even if it is only a “practice” game.
Think of your practice alone as a Zen meditation. Zen and the Art of Archery is an deservedly famous book on the subject of mental clarity, and practicing clarity will make you a better darts player (or archer….) Visualization is the key here, and you want to practice this in situations where you know you are vulnerable, particularly for single misses. When you practice alone, visualize yourself in a challenging situation…. then control your nerves, take a deep breath, and take your best shot. Most single misses come from tension – so learn to control your thoughts.
Remember the movie “Karate Kid? “Wax on, wax off” works in darts as well. By consistent practice, as described here, you will develop skills in mind and body that will serve you well in actual play. From nicedarts.com, here are four steps to throwing better darts:
- Concentrate on your approach.
- Know your options.
- Muscle memory.
- Practice makes perfect.
So in these (seemingly) simple guidelines from nicedarts.com to throwing better darts, we see repeated again the need to practice, but also to practice mindfully, with a goal of not just winning games, but of truly becoming a better darts player. It’s a combination of mind and body that makes a champion.
More info can be found at:
a nice article, with pictures, on “Aiming Darts”
and for all of you beginners,here’s a WikiHow article on “How to throw darts”
Thanks for reading, and we hope this article helps you to become a better darts thrower. Visit Jester’s Billiards for the best in darts play, with some awesome darts equipment. Final tip: it’s a really great place for practice!
If YOU have any darts tips and tricks to offer, we invite you to submit them for future articles on this website. Just CONTACT US with tip or trick, including any video links you might have online, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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