Have you ever wanted to learn how to aim darts like a pro? Well, now you can! In this article, we will show you how to improve your dart-throwing accuracy by learning how to aim darts like the pros.
We all love darts. They’re fun, they’re easy to play, and they’re great for socializing. However, when you throw them, you don’t always hit what you’re aiming at. You may think that aiming a dart is simple, but it takes practice and skill. If you want to improve your accuracy, then you should try to master the fundamentals of aiming. That’s why we decided to share our tips on how to aim darts.
What Is A Dominant Eye?
This term is commonly used to describe the fact that while both eyes work together to improve your vision, one eye can provide better input for your brain. This eye is able to “speak” to your brain more easily than the other eye.
How To Find Your Dominant Eye?
You can determine which eye is your dominant using a simple test. Try to focus on something in the distance using both eyes. Now you can close either of them and pay close attention to whether you see this object in the same place or not. Your dominant eye is the one that keeps the object in focus at the same place. You can use your hands as a frame for this distant object to make the change more clear.
Why Does It Matter?
When you throw a dart, you must keep your eye focused on the target. Your dominant eye controls where the dart lands. Your brain knows what you are looking at, but you also must train your brain to ignore distractions. If you can focus your dominant eye on your intended target, then the dart will go to where you’re looking.
Step-by-Step Guide For The Perfect Throw
How To Grip A Dart
This is a very important part of the process. If you don’t grip it correctly, then your dart won’t go where you want it to. The way you hold darts will have a major impact on how accurate they are so being aware of what you’re doing is key.
First of all, make sure the barrel is facing the ceiling. Now hold it in your dominant hand. You should have a comfortable grip that gives you total control of the dart while still allowing you to feel its balance.
You should grasp the dart just behind the flight groove with your thumb, middle, and ring fingers. Your thumb will lay on the other side of the barrel, pointing towards your chin. The dart should not touch any part of your palm.
As you may have thought, there are plenty of schools of thought when it comes to grip, but the idea is that you want to have a firm grip that allows for a smooth release without affecting your aim. I find that using your three fingers as a three-point grip adds control.
Most people will start by holding the darts using only two fingers, but I find that with such a grip you lose a lot of accuracies, If you think about it, your grip should hold the dart in place, with no vertical or horizontal movement. While using two fingers, your dart is subject to both vertical and horizontal movement, as well as a little bit of rotation.
Pick Your Dart Stance
Every thrower has its own unique way of standing, and stance varies from person to person. However, there are some basics that we can all agree on when it comes to the perfect dart-throwing stance.
When you aim at a dart, your eyes should be focused directly on the target, but not in an intense manner. There should be a consistency to your stance from throw to throw that will help you improve your accuracy.
Here are a few ways you can try, in order to find your perfect stance:
Stand facing the dartboard straight.
Without moving your feet, shift your weight from one leg to another. You should feel a small difference in how you keep your balance. Shift your weight onto the leg that feels more comfortable and stable, as this will be an indicator of where you need to stand during a throw. I must admit while this stand might feel natural at first, you will get tired sooner than the other two.
Stand diagonally to the dartboard.
Standing diagonally to the dartboard is another great way to find out where you should stand during a throw. The idea is that your dominant eye should be facing the dartboard. Once you feel a difference between this and the first stance, shift your weight to the leg that feels more comfortable and stable.
Stand completely sideways to the dartboard.
I have to admit, this is my preferred stance when I throw. You start by standing completely sideways have your dominant eye facing the dartboard. You let your body relax without putting any foot forward. This will minimize fatigue and allow you to concentrate. The great thing with this stance is that when you are ready to throw, you can “lock” your hips by laying a little towards the front. This is a way to minimize body movement while throwing. Just let your arm do the work.
How To Throw Darts
Now that you have a grip and a stance, it is time to learn how to actually throw darts.
Throwing darts is actually pretty easy once you got the grip and stance down, but we’re going to break it down into steps for those who are not familiar with the throwing motion.
Relax your shoulders, and when ready, raise your arm. The dart should be resting on top of your thumb, with its tip pointing forward to your target. The key point is to use your elbow and the momentum of this motion in order to release the darts naturally. Once your arm is extended, you will notice that your hand is going to release the dart in one fluent motion, so do not your fingers. While it is not easy to master at first, you will get a hang of it after a while of practicing.