Everyone can have a good night of darts. But what separates a good player from a great player is shooting consistently match after match. Here are a few pointers to help you work on shooting great darts every time you face the dart board:
Concentrate on your approach. One of the keys to shooting consistent darts is approaching the board the EXACT way every time. If you change your approach you change everything and you make it harder to shoot well. Be aware of where your feet are on the line. Point your elbow at your target. Cock your arm. Keep your darts pointing up and not down. And finally concentrate on your target before you start the throwing motion.
Know your options. If you are playing an ’01 game, know your options regarding the out number, click here for an out chart. If you are shooting better at the top half of the board then create an out that takes advantage of that strength. If you are playing cricket make sure to point your opponent. If you have an advantage, exploit it. You’ll probably need those points later in the match. Always remember that you are in control of your destiny.
Muscle memory. Has your second dart automatically followed your first dart – even if you were aiming somewhere else? That’s called muscle memory and it can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on when it happens. The best way to control muscle memory is to make your first dart count. Hit that first number and muscle memory does the rest. If you don’t hit the first number, step away from the line, shake it out, take a deep breath and approach the board with a new perspective.
Practice makes perfect. The best way to shoot consistent darts is to feel confident when you are at the line. The best way to feel confident is to pay your dues. Practice your dart game using the practice guidelines on this site. Some people think that any practice is good practice. That’s just not good advice. Make your practice sessions focused and simulate a competitive environment. You will accomplish very little by just throwing darts at a board. Focus your practice sessions and you’ll be on the path to shooting strong, consistent darts.