We all want to improve our game and it’s not as hard as you may think. I’m not saying you will become the next Phil Taylor, but who knows? Who is to say that you can’t take your game up a level or two.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a local league or regional darts, county darts, national or international darts. It doesn’t matter who or what standard you are playing at; Here are a few tips that will help you get better at darts!
Set And Achieve Your Target
You need to have a goal in mind when practicing. If you don’t know where you want to be then how can you work towards getting there? This could be improving your consistency, making more bullseyes, or even just learning how to throw a perfect double. Whatever your aim is, make sure you practice with a purpose.
Avoid Any Unnecessary Movement
When you’re practicing, hold still. Don’t move around too much. Make sure your feet are planted firmly on the floor and your hands are steady. This will allow you to concentrate fully on your darting. If you keep moving around, you’ll find yourself losing focus and concentration which will affect your accuracy. Keep everything still and practice like a pro.
Check Your Alignment
Whether you’re shooting for the bullseye or aiming for that double 20, make sure your alignment is right. If you have a crooked posture while throwing a dart or if you’re not standing in a comfortable position then it will be harder to score points on the dartboard.
Don’t Point at the Target; Focus on It
Normally when we play, we focus on aiming directly at the target as if it’s our ultimate goal to hit it. However, this just means that we won’t be hitting the target when it actually matters. Instead, point your dart at a space in front of the board. Make sure you look past the tip of your dart and focus on aiming in a way so that when you throw, you can hit the target with ease.
Find Your Balance
Most people think a perfect stance is simply standing upright and looking straight at the board. Make sure you stand in a comfortable position while staying balanced and you’ll notice an improvement in your shooting abilities.
After you throw the dart, make sure you follow through properly. This means that after you release the dart, your arm should stay extended until the dart hits the board. If you pull the dart back into your hand, you lose momentum and thus power.
Get Yourself A Dart Scorer
If you’re serious about darts, then invest in a dart scorer. You can even use one app on your tablet. These apps are great because they give you instant feedback on your performance. You can score your dart-throwing skills and work on your weak points.
Practise, Practise, Practise And Then Practise Some More
If you want to improve your game, you need to practice regularly. Most people only practice once a week or so. But if you want to become a good dart player, you need to practice every day. Consistency is key. The more hours you put in, the better you’ll be able to get.
The most important thing you can do to improve your darting is to learn how to relax. Relaxation allows you to think clearly and concentrate on what’s happening in front of you. It helps you to avoid letting negative thoughts take over your mind. Some people try “brown noise” with their headphones to help themselves relax.
It’s A Mental Game As Well As A Physical One
One of the hardest parts of darts is the mental side of the game. You need to learn how to control your nerves and emotions during a match. If you let these things get the best of you, you won’t perform well. Instead, you need to learn how to remain calm and collected.
Warming Up Is Vital
It doesn’t matter if you have played darts before or not; you should always warm up before you start practicing. A good warm-up will get your muscles ready for the game and ensure that you don’t injure yourself while you are throwing.
Get Comfortable Shoes
If you have never played darts before, then you should be prepared for some discomfort when you start playing. Your shoes will be the first things to wear out if you aren’t careful. It is important to choose comfortable footwear that will allow you to practice throwing in comfort. Comfortable footwear will also help with your concentration and your ability to concentrate on your game. You can’t concentrate well if your feet hurt.
Don’t Focus On The Bullseye
It can be extremely difficult to avoid concentrating on the bullseye when you are playing darts. After all, you want to hit it! Instead, practice some doubles and trebles – you will feel like a pro. This is because it’ll stop your mind from trying to hit that bullseye and let you focus on the game as a whole.
Don’t Let The Booze Get To Your Head
Darts is a fun game, but not when you are smashed. Make sure you know how much you can handle before you start drinking heavily, in order to help improve your performance.
Don’t Let It Get To Your Head
Remember, this is just a game and it should be fun. If you allow yourself to get flustered after you make mistakes, then you are going to make more mistakes. Try to relax and get the most fun out of your game.