Darts: a game where participants compete with one another by throwing small arrow like devices at a target that is round and has numbers and sections and an inner bull with an outer bull and so on. Darts now refer to the standard game with a specific bristle board design and a set of rules. Rules that are general to the game and rules that govern games like, “501,” “301,” and “Cricket.”

Darts is a traditional pub game that was and is commonly played in the United Kingdom as well as other places in Europe and across the pond here in the America’s.

Wikipedia tells hits history in a terse form, i.e., “The dartboard may have its origins in the cross-section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is "butt"; the word comes from the French word but, meaning "target". In particular, the Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards differ from the standard board in that they have no treble, only double and bullseye, the Manchester board being of a smaller diameter, with a playing area of only 25 cm across with double and bull areas measuring just 4 mm. The London Fives board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10 with the doubles and triples being a quarter of an inch wide.”

There have been a variety of darts created over the years but the most common today is the tungsten dart. There are electronic darts but for this blog and for my efforts in tossing darts I remain a steel dart fan and enthusiast. I am recommending a book for novice darters but only because it appealed to me and my studies and rest assured most of the dart books out there are outstanding. In short, find one if this one does not fit your needs and get it. I can tell you when I started to play over twenty years ago, before I laid down my darts in 96, I tossed darts for several years without knowing some very important and critical mechanics, etc., of the dart game. As I take up once again my steel darts I have found a fountain of information to help make the game both enjoyable and competitive. Enjoy, diddle for the middle and let the darts fly!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BASICS: The Stance (Dart Kamae!)

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

First and critically important: NOTHING is supposed to move except your throwing arm. Any movement of any other part of the body while throwing - such as one leg swinging about, the raising of the heel, the involuntary sticking out of the tongue or deliberately leaning forward or sideways - will result in inaccuracy. 

Imagine a line from the point where the plumb line from the center of the board hits the floor and then runs along the floor in a straight line to the ochre line, throw line, diddle line, etc. Place your right foot against it, with the big toe pointing directly along that line to the dartboard. Place your left foot slightly behind your right foot at an outward angle (see figure 11). At this position, dart kamae, rotate your trunk slightly so that when you raise your right arm to throw, your right elbow points at the dartboard and is also directly over your right toe. Your weight will sit mostly on your right leg and foot, the left will sit and bring balance and stability to help keep your body from moving.

As with the grip, trial and error and change will eventually customize your stance to suit your own style of darting. The BOTTOM LINE: If your stance is balanced and comfortable, with no superfluous movement, your darts will likely fly true. 

Chaplin, Patrick, PhD. “The Official Bar Guide to Darts.” Sterling Publishing. New York. 2010.

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