Darts may look like a simple game to play, but it is not. If you were to just grab a dart and aimlessly throw it at the dartboard, then don’t expect to score a lot of points. Heck, you’ll be lucky if you even hit the dartboard at all. There are a variety of factors that goes into playing darts well. For instance, you need to know how to focus, aim, throw, and release the proper way. But these are not the only factors that matter because the specifications of the darts will also matter too. Medium weight darts are what most professional players will use. However, that might not necessarily be what you should use as a bad darts player.
Below are the top 4 ways that you can go from a bad darts player to a better darts player.
1) Schedule Time to Practice Everyday
The only way you’re going to get better at darts is to practice. Bad darts players stay bad because they get too discouraged and quit after a few lousy throws. Either that or they don’t devote enough time to the game because they only play it on the weekends or when it is convenient for them. To get better at darts, you need to schedule at least one hour per day to practice. If you do this every day for a few months, you should notice a significant improvement in your darts performance.
2) Play Shanghai
Shanghai is a type of darts game that teaches you to be more accurate. Players are required to throw their darts into one particular numbered segment and nowhere else. This is a great game for practicing darts because it gives you the chance to perfect your accuracy. Of course, it will be very difficult for you to stay accurate in the beginning, but just remember to stick with it. The more you train yourself to direct your dart throws better, the more likely you will be able to land your darts where you want them to go.
3) Stand Properly
Bad darts players won’t think about their throwing stance. They will just look at the dartboard and aggressively throw the dart toward it. If you want to get better at throwing, you need to think about every aspect of your throw. First, you must position your feet properly behind the throw line. Your feet should be hip width apart while standing sideways behind the throw line. Your dominant foot (which is probably your right foot) should be forward so that its big toe is almost touching the throw line. The big toe should also be facing the central direction of the dartboard. Also, make sure your hips and shoulders are aligned in your stance. Keep a perfectly straight posture.
4) Throw Properly
When it comes to throwing a dart, your fingers must be positioned properly. This requires your thumb, index finger, and middle finger to be gripping the barrel of the dart. Don’t keep a firm grip on the dart. Just place enough tension on the dart to keep it stable so that it doesn’t slip out of your fingers. Now raise the dart to the same level as your eyes. Your arm should be at a 90-degree angle at this point. The tip of the dart should not be perfectly straight, though. You’ll want to slightly tilt it upward in your fingers. Now visualize the tip of the dart and where you want it to land on the dartboard. Align these two areas together in your mind. Your dominant eye can assist you in aiming this way.
Finally, when you go to release the dart from your fingers, try to snap your wrist forward instead of downward. Also, let your arm follow through with the throw too.