Darts is one of the few sports where practice can be done in the comfort of your own home and is an important part of making yourself a success. No matter how good you think you are, there is always room to improve.
So Practice with focus. When you practice, practice ALONE. Training is when you play with your team mates or partners. Competition is just that - competition - there are no friends in competition. While an afternoon throwing darts with friends is a good time, practice is best spent without distractions or worries about anyone seeing that wild throw...
Concentrate on your breathing, keeping it steady and slow. And before you throw the first dart, visualise it hitting the dartboard exactly where you want it.
Another thing is don’t just spend an hour trying to hammer the bullseye or trebles.....Try these techniques to improve your dart game:
- Pick any target on the board, and throw at the target. Try this all around the board, and see how often you hit where you intend.
- Throw the dart, and then no matter where it lands, try to hit that spot again.
- Try and do the same, the same, the same. Until you are not even thinking about your arm or release, but visualising the target.
- Breathing has a lot to do with it also - Take a deep breath before you reach the oche and time it so as you are breathing out, the dart is being released.
- Set up and address to the oche. This took a good few years and disappointments before I learnt that this is a key stage to the game of darts. If your stance is not right, you will be off balanced and that will break down under pressure. If you have a good stance and are throwing in line with the middle of the board then its only a matter of getting consistency. When you go to stand at the oche, bring your arm up straight - move yourself across the oche until your arm is pointing directly straight in line at the middle of the board. There are exceptions to the rule such as Ted Hankey and Stephen Bunting who have done great things and won a lot, but there are more straight throwers than offset throwers for a reason. Take a look at this page for more information.
Games for improving Scoring
To see where your game is right now, we need to set a bench mark.
SO throw at your desired target (treble 20 is a good one) for 100 darts. Write down or keep a mental note of how many times you either hit the target or are within 1 centimeter of the treble - if it lands in the treble 5 or treble 1 but within 1 centimeter of your target its fine, count it. Once you have this score, then you have your benchmark score - 100 darts is the least amount of darts to throw, to get a consensus of how accurate you are.
So with this in mind you can now start the first game we have which has been shared with us from WorldWideDarts youtube channel.
What you have to do is throw 3 darts each round for 10 rounds and count the amount of singles, doubles or trebles you hit and total them up. Only count a single as 1, treble as 3 and double as 2. If you miss any of them thats a zero. Once you have this total, see if you can beat it next time and the next.
An average score is 30 which means you are hitting a 20 1DA point average. A score of 40+ and you are at county level, a score of 50 and you are a very high standard county level. Anything consistently above 50 and get yourself on the darts circuit.
The aim of the game is to over a few weeks increase your power scoring game total score. After one month playing this game, at the end of the month - go back and record your 100 darts within 1 centimeter benchmark. I'd be shocked if the score didnt increase.
In terms of how much you should play this game depends on your appetite. 1 hour per day on this particular game is enough to get you competing.