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!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Triple Treble

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

Triple treble twenties, single treble twenty, nineteen and eighteen; seventeen, sixteen and fifteen. Just another way to describe hitting highest on the dart board with triple treble’s highest then a combination of trebles on the board. Treble is defined as, “Consisting of three parts; threefold; three times as much or as many; a threefold quantity or thing, in particular; a number or amount that is three times as large as a contrasting or usual number or amount; make or become three times as large or numerous.”

Trebles also refer to that part of the dart board where you achieve treble the score of the singular pie of a number such as treble twenty for sixty points. Then there is the triple treble, i.e., all three darts in the treble twenty for a total of the highest score possible in the ’01’ games of the dart arts, i.e., “180 points.”  

Apparently, if you and your opponent agree, you can use the treble to treble-in and treble-out in the 01 games. This form of the game adds a huge difficulty factor overall.

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