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, March 27, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
- Shoshin (残心)(Beginner’s Mind); Shoshinsha no Kokoro [初心者の心]
- Mushin (無心) (No Mind); no thought or emotion, innocent. A state of mind with no emotions or no thoughts.
- Fudoshin (不動心) (Immovable Mind)
- Zanshin (先心) (Remaining Mind)
- Senshin (先心) (Heart) Purified spirit; Enlightened Attitude
- Heijoshin (平叙心) A transcendental state of mind created through the blending, morphing and mutual connectedness of the five states or stages of mind in the dart arts.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
- Read the PDC rules as set forth by the, “Darts Regulation Authority.”
- Research the growing pains of the dart arts of England that led to its European acceptance and continued growth.
- Research the dart arts progression from a pub game to the televised events drawing in the entire European Nations and the larger than life earnings those dart’ist earn.
- Research the processes used by the great dart artists who have taken the dart arts to such high levels of expertise and play never before seen in the history of the dart arts tantamount to how the game of golf has reached such heights of play, professionalism and acceptance by the world.
- Use the proper and appropriate means to change American attitudes and perceptions of the dart arts.
- Research the world of American Darts and compare them to European Darts to find those concepts, ideas and standards that would elevate our discipline to be competitive with theirs.
- It is not just repetitive practice, it is more.
- It is about programming and creating changes in the brain along with the creation of a mind-state and mind-set of practice.
- Repetitive motions alone are not enough.
- Practice is not about large amounts of hours spent doing the repetitions alone.
- Practice must be about repetitions of a quality and effective consistent focused intent.
- Practice is about a type of challenge to our current abilities.
- Practice must be an effective form of practice or its just dancing around with only fitness and health as benefit.
- You practice by diligently focusing on the task at hand; minimize any distractions; start slow and gradually increase “Correct” practices.
- Practice is also about building coordination of correct repetitive movement.
- Avoid long singular daily sessions of great intensity, use frequent practice sessions with allotted breaks spanning the entire day. Like proper eating habits, it is more productive and effective if fed to you over time, several times a day, etc., i.e., eating small meals throughout the day is healthier.
- Practice includes spending time on things related to the discipline you wish to master.
- Supplement practice outside of normal practice through visual-imagery once you have established the motion or movement correctly and effectively. Visual-imagery, a form of visualization, is also a form of self-hypnosis where the brain can achieve improvements, etc., of established motions and movements at the same rates as actual hands-on practices.
- I toss only one set of niners, initial warm up of nine darts, then move into actual practices.
- I use my score chalk board as a guide with me taking the, “Home” position then me also as the, “Away” position as if a competitor/adversary.
- I play three games of 301: away always goes first and I/we switch start position for each successive game.
- I play three cricket games: away always goes first and I/we switch start position for each successive game.
- I then practice outs, basics first, by trying to hit the doubles with the first dart; if I miss and say hit the twenty pie I then toss the next arrow at the double 10 and so on; this proceeds from 20 to 19 to 18 on down until I reach double 1 then double bull.
- I then practice going for the treble 20 working to hit consistently the 180 score.
- I then practice a form of cricket oriented play by tossing three at the treble 20, three at the treble 19 and then three at the double bull. I continue for as much practice as I can up to twenty minutes.
- I repeat the last but at the treble 18 and treble 17.
- I repeat the last but at the treble 16 and treble 15. (all three of these has at least three arrows at the double bull)
- I then go for the doubles, three arrows at a time, from double 20 to 19 to 18 down to 1 then double bulls.
- Final game, to put 170 score on home and away so that I can compete against myself to learning and taking a double out as high or as close to and including the 170 point out as possible. The game here includes practicing the mathematics required to refigure an out after each arrow is tossed at a target especially if you miss.