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, January 30, 2017

Make it about Practice

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

Remove the survival obstacle from the equation altogether and make every dart a practice throw toward the perfect set of darts.

To be totally and completely in the present is the toughest state one can strive for especially when other stimuli just keeps on intruding. Compound this about ten-fold and you begin to get what you have to deal with when the situation becomes dangerous, I.e., when facing grave damage and possible death.

Let me emphasize this point, there are many things we experience that even though innocuous on the surface the lizard brain still triggers the life and death 💀 responses simply because that is how nature programmed it. 

Likened to the over the top response when in an argument where the other just says stuff that triggers your defensiveness, you lizard goes and pushes the pedal to the metal because it thinks your life is at stake. Kind of crappy for our modern times but species survival is - survival! 

Oh, let us not forget that in our minds survival is all about SEX and our drive to get as much SEX as we can. Everything else just springs from that drive!


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