Darts is a popular game that can be played by people of all ages. When playing darts, it is important to use the correct technique to ensure you are able to throw the dart accurately. In this blog post, we will discuss how to hold a dart and provide some tips on how you can improve your throwing technique.
1) You should throw darts in a fluent motion. Your hand should release the darts and don’t use your fingers to ‘snap’ the dart. You should extend your arm and release it by losing the grip smoothly. Darts don’t require you to throw them hard, in fact, if you use a lot of strength your accuracy will suffer.
2) When holding a dart, you should hold the tip slightly upwards. Darts are actually following a parabolic curve and don’t flight straight. It might appear like going straight in our eyes, but that’s not the case. If you ever watch a slow-motion video of darts in flight, you will notice how it curves slightly. Understanding this can give you an advantage while aiming.
3) Hold the dart softly, don’t put too much pressure on the dart as it will affect your release. If you exercise your grip technique, you will understand that it’s the grip that holds the dart in place and no pressure is needed. It’s your fingers that prevent horizontal and vertical movement, and eventually, improve your accuracy.
Main Dart Grips
In order to throw your dart effectively, you need to hold it correctly in the first place. The main mistake beginners make is that they only use two fingers to hold a dart. While this grip is enough for casual play, it may not be the most efficient one. The more fingers you use to hold a dart, the more control you’ll have over it. To be honest, if you like such a grip, go with it, but at least give some other grips a test drive too.
There are three main ways in which a dart can be held:
Using Five Fingers. This is a grip many beginners like as it gives the most control over the dart. Using all your five fingers will result in a very tight grip, with no horizontal or vertical movement.
This can help you guide the dart wherever you want, but the main drawback is that the release is not so smooth. You can try this grip yourself, but if you find that the dart ends up far from your targetted area, you will need to work on your release technique.
Using Four Fingers. Another grip you can try, this time using four of your finger, removing the pinky. Like the above-mentioned variation, you get great control over the dart, but still, your release might suffer.
Using Three Fingers. I’ve found that this grip is the perfect option for me, still having great control but able to achieve a smoother release. I highly suggest you try out using three fingers to hold your darts and maybe this is the perfect option for you too. This grip is widely referred to as pencil grip as it reminds us of the way you hold a pencil.
I’ve seen people using variations of this grip, and while index and thumb are the main fingers that “hold” the dart, the third finger that stabilize it might be different for everyone. Some people use the middle finger, while others might use the ring one as the third stabilizing finger. Hell, we’ve even seen pinky as the support finger, so give it a go.
How Choosing A Dart Can Have An Effect On Finger Placement
Your dart weight can also affect your grip, which is why it’s usually recommended to get darts of the same weight. But apart from weight itself, the weight distribution will also affect the finger placement. You see, there are three categories you can shop from, front-weighted, rear-weighted, and even weighted.
Think of it this way, wherever the weight of the dart is more, you’ll hold it with the fingers closer to this area. Front-weighted darts will require you to hold them more on their front side as they have a heavy tip and a light tail. Rear-weighted darts, on the other hand, have a heavy tail and a lighter tip, which means that you can hold them with the fingers on their back. Finally, even-weighted darts are more versatile, as the evenly distributed weight will allow you to hold them anywhere around the middle.