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!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blind Luck in the Dart Arts

Dart Arts Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

Yes, blind luck exists in all disciplines but in the dart arts it can be disconcerting to most players simply because, if you are not careful, you can lose a match due to simple, blind, luck of anther player. 

In a recent match, the player I had to beat was fairly new and inexperienced, etc., and yet, due to blind luck, that player scored well, caused me some concern and almost, almost, won the match, i.e., two of three games of cricket. 

Sometimes, my scores hit pretty high, above my current level of expertise, simply because my dart flew off course but still landed in a treble ring for a large number like 18 for 54 points. The words I think and sometimes express is, “I will take that luck.” 

The idea behind the dart arts is to hit your target, do it well and consistently, remove as much luck from the discipline as possible and play well scoring high and going out fast. This is the idea, one of them anyway, and this is how one achieves mastery, over time. Yet, luck can trigger adrenal stress-conditions of the mind because you begin to realize that your mistakes and their luck can win them the matches and put you back a step or two. This is why the mind-state and mind-game of the dart arts is critically important especially when you get into the higher competitive levels. 

You have to have your mind-game on and keep it on using the various techniques taught in the book, Zen and the Dart Arts, so you can trigger the appropriate mind-state before triggering the chemical adrenal stress dump that can truly screw up your darts. 

In short, make no assumptions and play your game, not someone else’s, and keep the mind on your darts and your throw while ignoring any other stimuli regardless. 

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