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!

Monday, December 12, 2016

DART ARTS: Getting Perspective

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Progress in the dart arts can be troublesome especially if a newbie has not yet gotten proper perspective to his or her ability as related to others. It comes down to getting a perspective but to do so means you have to experience and witness other darters from the very novice levels all the way up to the most proficient. 

It would be a very large mistake to simply take the top players as a litmus test to one’s ability in tossing a few arrows. I mean, you have to gain a perspective as to the darter, their level and their status as player being once agin the novice to the middle level to the top players. 

It came to me when viewing the various stages of one particular top player. We of the social media and Internet tech-revolution era that most of the great players are recorded and available on media outlets like Youtube. When you get the opportunity you should collect a wide range of play for those top players so that you can see how they play the dart arts over time. 

In one video, a novice player of young years, the player thows some darts and it becomes obvious when the hit their targets yet sill drift off into side scores such as either a “1” or a “5” when going for the twenty that compared to your own throws seems close or similar then you begin to get a better picture or perspective as to how well you shoot.

I say this simply because, I have and have witnessed, others get so frustrated and angry when the darts fail to cooperate and hit the intended targets. Yes, this is the art of the dart, the chaos and art of tossing darts as so many variables are involved that on occasion you may not see, feel or realize what exactly happens when the dart thrown goes awry, i.e., misses the target by a millimeter or a mile. 

Finding perspective to your dart arts vs. all those other players of various levels helps you find that level and gives you hope that you to have the ability and the possibility of becoming a top player in the world of dart sports. It is a reminder that even the very best fall off the mark and score low scores. It is the mark of a professional to see it when it happens, to remain in control and to then pull yourself back into proper form and execution to be the dart, to be the target and to hit it consistently. 

Get some perspective, view the best and the worst and find your place in comparison to gain a perspective, a realistic perspective, of your ability and potential. 


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