The art of hitting a bullseye in darts is often seen as an impossible feat, but with practice, it can be done by anyone. Just like any sport, there are certain techniques that need to be incorporated in order for you to perfect the game of darts. Even if you’re not playing an actual game against another opponent, following these steps will guarantee that your dart game is one to remember!
Step 1: Prepare Yourself
Before you even make your first throw, there are a few things you need to do. First off, it’s vital that you relax and loosen up; if you put too much pressure on yourself or take the game too seriously, chances are, you’re going to throw your dart all over the board.
Second, make sure you clear your throwing space. Any distraction, while you’re aiming to hit the bullseye, could be one of the reasons why your dart missed its mark.
Step 2: The Dart Grip
Holding a dart is somewhat similar to how we hold a pen when we write. Your index and middle fingers should be placed on top of the dart, with your thumb supporting it from underneath. You can try your ring finger instead of your index, as some people prefer this grip.
Once your fingers are in place, you should be able to hold the dart comfortably, without applying too much pressure or pain on yourself. Your grip should be able to prevent any vertical or horizontal movement, as it will affect how you aim.
Step 3: Footwork – Watch Out The Way You Position Yourself
There are various stances you can take when playing darts. Your stance should be comfortable, and it doesn’t have to be perfect or identical to that of a professional player. The key is consistency, so as long as you can replicate the same stance every time, you’re already on your way to being a pro!
I prefer standing vertical to the dartboard, but I’ve seen people taking stances on the diagonal. It’s proven that different stances can affect your aiming skills, so you might want to try all of them before picking one! While standing vertically, with your feet 90 degrees from the dartboard you have one huge advantage. You can lock your hips by simply moving your weight to your front foot. This way you can minimize movement during your throw.
Step 4: Breath Control
Breathing plays an important role in the game of darts because it will help keep your aim steady. Your breathing pattern should be even and consistent throughout the whole shot.
If you’re holding your breath while throwing, chances are, you’ll miss the target completely! Instead, you should focus on keeping your breathing at the same pace, while you aim for the bull’s eye of the dartboard.
Step 5: Mental Focus
Before you throw your dart, focus on the target! Try to visualize where your dart is going to land. This will keep you from being distracted by the surroundings, and it will help you focus on what’s important – hitting that bullseye!
From your stance, you should already have an idea of where to aim. You can look at the bullseye and just estimate where it is, or line up your dartboard to match the point on your dart. While aiming, you should only focus on your target, and nothing else.
Once you’ve locked your eyes on the bullseye, make sure you don’t move them or take them off of your target! You’ll be surprised at how much aim will improve by only focusing on one area. Some players try using brown noise while practicing, as it’s believed to help you remain calm, and thus allows your aim to be more stable.
Step 6: Smooth Release Is Essential For Your Throw
Use a powerful follow-through. If you throw too hard, your dart might go off its mark. If you move too much while throwing a dart, chances are, it’ll miss the board completely! You should regulate your movement and only move your throwing hand.
When you’re ready to throw your dart, make sure that it leaves the tip of your fingers. Once you release your dart, relax! You should feel like you’re simply dropping an object – do not push or throw it at all! While practicing, you will notice that the hand will naturally release the darts once it reaches a certain speed.
The key is to use the momentum of your hand and release the darts in a fluent motion. You don’t throw darts using your fingers, they are only there for the initial grip. The release should be a natural outcome of your arm’s movement.
Step 7: Practice, Practice, Practice and Practice Some More
Ideally, you should be practicing daily. It is natural to get better at throwing and achieve better scores if you practice consistently. Similarly, if you skip practicing for weeks, your scores will drop back to where they were before.
We all know that practice makes perfect, so if you really want to improve your aim and achieve great scores, you should practice when you can. Make sure you practice your darts daily, with the same amount of intensity! If you want to really improve quickly, then try practicing for 10 to 15 minutes every day. If that’s not enough, aim for an hour every day!
Simply throwing darts won’t help your score at all – you need to practice proper techniques and have a clear goal of what you try to accomplish. If you follow these seven simple steps every time you play darts, we guarantee that you’ll notice an improvement in your scores and precision. Everyone starts off playing darts with poor aim and not-so-great scores. But, we’re positive that you’ll see a dramatic improvement in your scores and precision, as long as you set clear goals and be consistent.