Nowadays throwing darts is a great way to pass time, let it be alone or with family and friends. Now, many people are interested in participating in dartboard games as a hobby or as a profession. The way a professional player throws a dart makes it seem easy but when a novice tries it out, the sport turns out to be one with many techniques. Here I am presenting you with theory and some dart tips from the pros for a beginner to start.
For the dartboard game, there are four important basic points to consider: appropriate stance, gripping the dart, how to aim darts and how to hold/throwing the dart. Other than that, practice is a must.
Top 10 dart tips from the pros
In this game, the appropriate stance is the first step. It helps a long way for proper and accurate aiming of darts and also avoiding any harm to your body from bad posture. There is usually a line marking the distance for throwing the darts called oche. The players have to stand behind this line all the time for throwing the darts. While standing, the feet should be wide apart in a comfortable way. While aiming, you can slightly lean forward if you’re more comfortable that way but never cross the line.
a) Your dominant foot should be placed forward i.e. if you are right-handed then your right foot, left foot if you are left-handed. Most of your weight should be put on your front foot. The weight on your back foot should be just enough to maintain your balance. Your front foot should always be touching the ground. You can slightly lift the heel of your back foot while aiming or throwing but never raise your front foot above the ground. In all postures, the shoulders should be parallel to the ground and the spine should be straight and comfortable.
b) For the beginners, the most appropriate and easy stance is the one where the player stands sideways to the dart In this position, the edge of the foot should be touching the throwing line, the dominant eye and the dart tip should be aiming towards the target in a straight line.
c) Many players also prefer standing while facing the dartboard. The player faces the dartboard with the toes of their dominant foot just touching the line. The back foot should be kept slightly turned to the side to keep balance. Some professionals also prefer an angled stance where they stand somewhere between the sideways and front-facing stance.
Gripping the dart:
a) It is usually preferable to grip the dart with at least three fingers (two fingers and a thumb). Your grip should not be too hard or too loose. Finger muscles should not be tensed which would be evident by the whitening of the fingers. the grip shouldn’t be too loose so that the dart slips through your hand or desired speed will not be achieved. Your grip should be just firm.
b) Many also prefer two finger grips (index and thumb) for darts. In general, for longer darts, use more fingers, for shorter darts, useless. Try to understand which grips will be preferable for you in cases of different dart lengths and also determine your preferred dart length.
c) While holding the dart, try to keep the fingers toward the center of the dart. No finger should be too near the tip or the flight (back of the dart), as that might cost you your aim.
Extra tips: The number of fingers to be used is according to personal preference. More fingers can mean more control, but it might also result in poor throw due to in coordination between the fingers. Too much pressure on the dart can also cause missing the target. The remaining unused fingers should be kept relaxed around the dart. They shouldn’t be curled up into a fist.
Aiming the dart
a) While aiming the tip of the dart should be slightly upward. If you keep it straight or lower, it might go lower than your target after throw.
b) While throwing, your shoulders should be straight and relaxed. You should aim and throw your dart with your dominant hand. Dart should be at the level of your eyes and aligned to the center of the target for a better throw. It is better if you place it by the side of your eye while aiming at the target.
Throwing the dart:
a) You only need to use your hand and wrist. when you throw the dart. Pull your dart slightly back with your wrist, keep your shoulder fixed with most weight on your front foot then release your dart using the acceleration from your wrist and elbow.
b) Only your arm is allowed to move, do not move any other part of the body for a better aim.
Extra tips: Try to snap your wrist forward while throwing. It helps a lot with an accurate throw.
Never jump while throwing the dart.
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With the knowledge of the dart tips from the pros above, you have to practice a lot. You can practice regularly. You can look up different techniques and postures of other players online and try them out. By doing this, you can find out which technique suits you the best. Do not blindly follow others because that will not help in the long run.
You can start by aiming at the 20’s points. That helps a lot in improving aim. You can set a goal for yourself, starting with easiest: not missing the board, then move on to aiming the double points and thus gradually the center.
You can also seek advice from experienced players. You can also observe their style and technique while playing with them. You can correct also your shortcomings in this way.
I hope these dartboard tips will be helpful for you. If you know any other tips or techniques, you can share them with us. Kindly share your opinions on the above mentioned tips too.