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, September 14, 2016

Does Dart Equipment …

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Does the dart equipment one uses provide significant improvement in the person’s dart game? I am a new-novice player, i.e., my two or so years in darts was over twenty years ago so I put myself back in the novice arena until I can build my prowess in my throw up to an acceptable level along with some more and significant competitive status, so I tend to think that the answer to this question is a resounding “Yes-n-No.”

Yes, at a fundamental level the equipment does make a difference and No, it is not the end all to the perfect throw that some tend to assume when their actual throw is and stays questionable, inconsistent and just off. I am a firm believer that your throw and your game come from deep down inside yourself, your mind; mind-set; mind-state and competitive ability. The equipment is a necessity because there is a point where the out of the box toy-like darts. Those types of darts give the most professional world dart leaders some difficulties in throwing and hitting the targets. 

This presents a conundrum to the entry-level novice player, choosing the right equipment that will help you achieve your dart prowess while not creating a dependency on that equipment and using it as an excuse when things don’t go well. I advocate and firmly believe that using the middle of the road tungsten darts to find your fundamental throw is more important than finding what others might recommend as the best dart for you.

You have to find the best dart for you, no one else can do that due to too many personal individual unique physical and mental states. You are unique and an individual who has to find, understand then accept your physical and mental traits, etc. and then find the best equipment to supplement and enhance our innate ability in the dart arts. 

For me, with my past experience, I know that I need a longer, slimmer and textured dart set so I chose a 90% tungsten steel tip dart set with a medium shaft and a stand set of flights. I keep those pieces of equipment standard and in a parts box along with a case for carrying safely. Everything else beyond that as equipment to my mind is merely sales-oriented profit gathering stuff that one who becomes dependent on equipment to make their darts fly type thing. The stuff is fun and I tend to like buying what appeals to me but I DO NOT assume or allow those things to dictate how I throw darts. 

So, in a nutshell, just because someone throws well and has chosen the most advantageous equipment, for themselves, does not mean that if a player buys the same that they will become professional world class dart players themselves. 

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