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, February 3, 2017

The Dart-ist Way: Throwing the Lone Dart

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

“A dart-ist, when he is practicing the tossing of his or her dart, faces the target with two darts in his left or right hand. Observing this, the instructor said, ‘Beginners must not have two darts in the hand because, since they count on the second, they always become careless when they aim at the target with the first. Therefore, you ought to think every time you reach for an dart, to hit with it alone.’ This advice is applicable for all matters.” - Stolen from Sensei of the Art of Japanese Archery :-)

Yes, I stole this one because in the sense of it, it applies to the dart arts. Some even refer to a fourth dart because when throwing the last, third dart, the reverse applies as if this is the last chance to make up for the first two darts - assuming they didn’t hit as intended. This is all mind stuff, games we all play with our minds and the goal here is to recognize that, take time to accept and then use your training to change how the mind perceives both the actual and the tactile of it. 

Learn to ignore the darts not being aimed at the target as if they no longer exist, the dart in hand is the only dart and the goal is to throw it perfectly. Keep all thoughts out except the process of throwing that one dart. This will apply to the other two until all three are in the target. It is about getting to a place where the entire process is singular as if the only dart, the only stance and the only throw. It will end up being a surprise when the dart flies and when there are no more darts in your hand - A Zen-like throw in the dart arts. 

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