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!
Friday, July 21, 2017
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
- Focus on the aim.
- Focus on the body and arm position at the aim and during the throw.
- Focus on those other areas with your peripheral maintaining your focus on the target of the bull.
- Focus on a state of positive relaxation in the mind-body-mind then feel that relaxed state all the way from the feet at the oche line up to the tips of your fingers holding your dart.
- Focus in a relaxed cocking, flow and rhythm of the launch and finally to the release and follow through.
- Focus on consistant grouping no matter where they hit.
- Focus on consistent grouping moving closer to the bulls eye.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
We have d’artists who shoot from wheel chairs. It didn’t occur to me that the dart arts may have some requirements for our chair d’artists but they do. First, here is an article on the subject from the Darts501.com folks:
|Please note that the rear wheels are used so that the persons|
body is in the same position that a standing person has
when standing at the oche line.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
- Start with 1 and follow the numbers to 20.
- Start with 20 and follow the numbers in reverse to 1.
- Start with any number and choose any other number randomly.
- Start with 1 to hit the big pie, the little pie, the double then the triple and follow the numbers in this fashion up to 20.
- Reverse the last from 20 to 1.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
|"Snapping the Boater Brim!"|
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
- Targeting: to hit the intended target with consistency and accuracy.
- Targeting: those targets often ignored in the dart arts such as hitting the bull.
- Targeting: variety as in doubles, triples and most of all “The Pie.” The large and small pie segments not the double and triple ring.
- Grouping: to toss all three arrows to the target but in a group as tight as possible.
- Targeting: to hit all three arrows, darts, in the intended target, i.e., the triple 20 for instance where the objective is to put all three darts into the tripe space/ring with each point as close as possible.
Monday, June 5, 2017
- What is your mind doing when you toss arrows?
- What and where is your minds focus with tossing arrows?
- Is your mind-state a calm and clear one?
- Are you experiencing any of the adrenal stress effects such as loss of fine motor skills that can be devastating to your throw?
- etc. etc. etc.
- What is your body doing when you approach the oche line?
- What does your body feel like when you approach, set at and assume your stance at the oche line?
- What effects are your body feeling from any adrenal stress effects?
- Is your body still?
- Is your body stable?
- Is your arm the only part moving when you toss the arrows?
- etc. etc. and etc.
- How do you feel at the different locations in the dart art environment, i.e.,
- while waiting your turn;
- while walking up to the oche line;
- while setting your body and mind at the oche line;
- when preparing to toss the arrow(s), etc.
- How are you feeling and what can you feel in your mind and body in preparation for and tossing the arrow(s)?
- Are you committed to tossing well?
- Are you committed to your objectives in the dart arts?
- etc. etc. etc.
- Is the environment crowded?
- Is the environment noisy?
- Is the environment hot, cold or some other less optimal condition?
- Is the board/competitive area set up with adequate space, etc., for the comfort of competition?
- Is the score keeper following proper scoring etiquette and if not, are you preparing your mind to deal with those obstacles.
- Are you getting into a mind-set and mind-state to compensate for any environmental conditions that may effect how you toss your arrows?
- etc. etc. etc.
- Are you aware of your health?
- Are you aware of how you fueled your body before the contest?
- Are you aware of and prepared to deal with fuel for the body during the event?
- Are you hydrated and do you have proper hydration for the entire event?
- Are you well-rested?
- Did you practice and train adequately in preparation?
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
- Eliminate sugar.
- Remove cereals, pasta's and other processed foods.
- Remove starches, cheeses, and many milk products.
- No processed vegetable oils.
- Restrict carbs.
- Eat only good fats.
- Eat fresh local grown fruits and veggies.
- Eat proper adequate amounts of proteins.
- Eat organic local grown meat and eggs.
- Supplement vitamins, etc.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
- When all three are in a tight grouping at least half the time or more.
- When all three darts are in the pie, target, the D'artist is aiming for in competition.
- When at least one hits the triple targeted even if the other two miss even the pie.
- When one hits the double and one hits the single pie.
- When one scores a minimum of sixty points each round of three, or more - that is good darts.
- When the dart or darts - matter!