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, August 3, 2016

Letting Go

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As you can perceive with all the articles to date there are a good deal of variables with throwing good darts and they may seem overwhelming to say the least so this article is about how to take all this good stuff and make it work for you. In a nutshell, "It is about letting go."

The process is a bit like this, first you gather up all the knowledge you can, second you analyze every detail of that knowledge toward a goal of understanding, third you practice working on further analysis of each individual part where you begin to synthesize your unique holistic whole that will be a foundation to your dat arts, fourth you then begin to let go of all the particulars of your knowledge, understanding and continuing encoding of experience in practice and competition to achieve a synthesized unique personal ability to throw darts well, finally letting go of your more atomistic connection to individual technique base study to allow your primal conditioned procedural memory responses, instinct like, to get you in the flow of your dart arts.

Letting go is advancing into that immovable mind of no mind, the flow, that professionals have that make them masters of the dart arts.

“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

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