- First, we perform a mokuso; clearing the mind to achieve mushin state of mind.
- Second, we visualize our kata and our throwing of the dart before stepping to the ockey line.
- Third, we perform the kata as set forth next:
- Stand behind the other darter.
- Focus on the darts in your hand.
- Adjust the shafts for tightness, check the flight. Position the first dart in the throwing hand.
- Raise the eyes and focus on the back of the darter ahead of you; ignore their throws, ignore their targets, and ignore their scores, etc.
- Remain in a state of mokuso along with continued visualization of your darts and the kata you will perform when your turn arrives.
- Walk quietly and with focus up to the ockey line.
- Assume your dart kamae, your stance.
- Check your grip on the dart.
- Bring your eyes up for the first time to focus direct vision on your intended target.
- Keep your focus on the target while raising your throwing hand up until your peripheral sees the hand, target and arm in position aimed at the target.
- Breathe, focus on the target, see peripherally the dart, hand, arm, grip position, in a rhythmic movement with fluidity pull back till the dart is at your cheek and still in peripheral view throwing and following through releasing the dart at the release point and let the arm and hand drop from the final follow through point down to your hand with the other two darts while focusing on the dart entering the target.
- Feel the second dart taking position in your throwing hand, feel the grip assuming its proper and correct position, move your eyes to the new/next target according to the last and goal of all three then repeat the process of the throw as stated above.
- Fourth, repeat the kata at the ockey line from the dart-kamae only adjusting to move across the ockey line to achieve efficient, proficient and correct position to aim and hit the target as necessary.
- Fifth, upon releasing the last or third dart, relax, lean back a moment, check the scoring and then move to the board and remove the darts.
- Sixth, turn to the right and walk quietly around and out of the way of the other darter who is already on the ockey line to take a position behind him to again set, visualize, and focus on his back in a state of mushin and mokuso.
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!