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, June 26, 2017

Dart Release

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

Take your dart-kamae, stance, set your body, take aim then throw. Now, that seems a bit simplistic because there are a whole store chock full of physiokinetic aspects to tossing solid, consistent, arrows or darts. 

But, in a nutshell if you take a kamae at the oche line and perform your prefect dart throw, without a dart, as if you were throwing at a specific target but when the throw is complete your index finger of the throwing arm is pointing at the intended target then you have the beginnings of a throw where you can discover a dart release.

What you do is when you practice this way to achieve a consistent target rich throw you add in the dart but in lieu of pointing the finger you follow through and the point where you would point the finger you release the dart, as if it was your finger that would follow the trajectory to the target while you hand and fingers, etc., continue with, “The Follow Through.” 

Note that the action of the throw, the arm, must be smooth all the way through, it must have a rhythm of smooth action that when you practice you will feel the other fingers the hold the grip on the dart will follow through while the index finger points. Naturally when you add the actual dart with the proper grip for you that when releasing will naturally add the index follow through to the other fingers, get it?

Remember that the arm must fully extend, not hyperextend, and this goes for the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers. You must achieve a state of positive relaxation through the entire process from the feet at the oche line, the body structure, etc., to the arm position elbow down, wrist relaxed and all the movements that achieve the d’artist perfect throw. 

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