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!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Art of Self-Talk

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

It's a mind game with a few sprinkles of the physical that make up the disciplines of the dart arts.

Mind-set, mind-state, attitude, visual-imagery and your own 'Self-Talk'.

We humans tend to take certain traits for granted and push them into the subconscious. Most of the time this is a good thing but to achieve mastery in the dart arts and control the mind you must pull out the subconscious and hold it under the light to analyze and synthesize it into something more beneficial to you dart abilities.

Self-talk is as it appears on the surface, the way you talk to yourself. A good example is when your darts fail to hit the target and you mumble to yourself, "I will never get this, I should just quit!" Catch yourself when you start with some negative self-talk and rephrase it to, "Ok, I know I can do this and if I focus a bit more, breathe and relax the next set of throws WILL improve!"

You see, our minds control, create and construct our entire lives for the construct of our minds is truly, "A Matrix," that builds the very reality, belief system, that leads our bodies on the right, positive and beneficial path.

If the mind tells itself a negative then the negative will manifest into reality in our word, deeds and 'actions' where in the dart arts actions are tossing and hitting the intended target and mastering the dart arts.

Self-motivate through self-talk while using visual-imagery (visualization) to find your true darts and reach expert, and even mastery, of the dart arts!

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