10 Tips For Throwing Better Darts: A Beginner’s Guide

We all have to start somewhere. If you’re frustrated by your dart game and lack consistency on the oche, there may be a reason why. Here’s a list of some common mistakes that many people make when they first learn how to play darts.

Don’t Lean on The Oche Line

When you stand to the oche, your toes could be touching it. You should not however lean towards the oche line with your body. Throwing your stance off-balance will cause your dart to fly off target.  

Wear Comfortable Shoes

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a comfortable pair of shoes. If you’re throwing from an uncomfortable stance with loose-fitting footwear, your dart game will suffer. A comfortable pair will also allow you to practice and play for longer periods of time.

Set Your Goals When Practising

One of the most common mistakes for beginners is practicing in short bursts. This can cause you to develop bad habits instead of good ones. If you don’t have a goal in mind, your practice will be aimless and you won’t see improvement. Make sure to set goals when practicing so that you get better each time. Keep score, and even get an app to check your progress.

Review Your Dart Game

Do you feel that every time after throwing, your dart leaves the board at a different angle or position? Do you struggle to hit doubles? If so, it could be because of aim. Remembering where previous darts have landed can help to set up for future throws. Reviewing your game is a great way to improve and figure out what you need to work on.

Work On Your Mental Game

No matter how good your technique is, you won’t be able to hit the treble-20 if your dart doesn’t leave your hand. When you’re playing in a match, concentrate on visualizing success with every throw. This will not only improve your concentration but also benefit the speed and accuracy of your darts.

Keep a Dart Diagram

Working on your throwing techniques can be beneficial to improving. Writing down the positions where you hit each dart will help to visualize your shooting patterns and pinpoint areas for improvement. Keep track of it, and don’t sabotage your game with bad habits! Nowadays you can even use automatic scoring systems to create your heatmap. But since it can get quite costly, going the manual way is also an option.

Practice Every Day

Throwing darts is just like any other sport, like golf or tennis. You won’t see improvement if you only play once in a while. Consistency will help your game more than anything else. Play on a regular basis to get the maximum benefit out of every throw! It doesn’t matter if it’s only for 10 to 15 minutes while you’re taking a break at work! If you can follow up with practice at home, even better.

Set up Your Practising Area Base on Regulations

If you’re going to be practicing at home, set up your area in a way that sets up exactly like a regular oche. Nothing is worse than having to practice in different distances and angles, and then you get used to this when playing in a match. Just grab a tape measure and make sure your dartboard is placed at the right height and distance.

Try Different Dart’s Weight at Small Increments

If you’re finding that the dart is flying off-course, try a slightly heavier/lighter weight. If it’s still not working out for you, move up/down in weight by small increments. This may take a while but once you find your sweet spot, your game will see an immediate improvement!

Warm-Up!

A good warm-up before your practice session is important. Do some stretches to loosen up your muscles, and practice your strokes without the dart in your hand. This will help you to focus on throwing darts, not just how much you want to throw them!

Bonus Tip: Play in Front of a Mirror

This is especially helpful for beginners. Watching yourself play in front of a mirror can help to improve or correct your stance, grip, and throwing motion. This is how you will see what others cannot and where mechanics can be improved, which can take a long time for your opponent to see! If you are serious about your game, you can even set up a camera and record yourself to review later.