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Many people get their first experience with darts at a pub drinking beer with friends and shooting some darts. But if you want to improve and take your darts skills above the bars and the beers you have to take your practice seriously. In darts, it’s just as important (or even more) as in every skill sport.
Don’t just randomly throw your darts at the board or only try to hit triple 20’s.
You need to dedicate quality practice time every day. It is far better to practice an hour a day than 7 hours each Sunday. For each dart, it is important to focus on your dart throwing technique. Slow down and think the throw through. Spend time with different practicing routines and your overall scoring will improve.
Good advice is to not practice 301 or 501 as you might be frustrated with your hits as you play. Play 301 and 501 with your friends, at the pub, in the league, or at the PDC finals.
You should instead practice to aim and hit selected scores or areas (e.g. bullseyes, doubles, and triples) a predetermined amount of times so that you will get experienced at hitting the required shot every time you aim and throw the dart. That’s why there’s a lot of different training applications on this site.
By varying your practice methods you will keep focus better as well. Another important thing is to track your progress when practicing.
With graphs and statistics showing your improvement will make you more confident which will also affect your scoring in a good way. It will also help to reveal parts of your dart game that need special attention.
Another important thing is to practice regularly to get your muscle memory settled. It’s way better to practice one hour per day than to practice seven hours each Sunday.
But there are more ways to practice darts. The most important thing is that you enjoy the game and love to throw darts. Reading about darts and watching darts games on TV or Youtube is also a good way to get better in darts.
If you get inspired reading about darts or watching a darts game it is more likely that you’ll enjoy the next practice session and that’s a good start to get better in darts.
Warming up is as important in darts as in any precision sport. Start using a specific warm-up routine will also help your confidence. Many players start warming up by just trying to hit the 20’s. If you do, don’t immediately go for the triple 20’s. Instead just focus on getting your arm loose, follow through your throw and release all tensions. Do this your first 10 minutes of warming up.
After that part, it is a good idea to start picking different high numbers and try to hit the triples for another 5 minutes of your warm-up routine. If you don’t do a proper physical warm-up it is difficult to really focus on your throwing technique.
A consistent high scoring player is more likely to win a game. You really need to hit high scores to get really good at darts.
That’s why it is crucial to practice your treble 20’s, 19’s, 18’s, and Bull’s. A fun practicing routine that is easy and quick is to hit one dart at treble 20, one dart at treble 19, and the last one aiming for a bullseye. Do this 10 times and count your hits.
Practice and keep aiming for hitting 80+, 100+, 120+, 140+, and the ultimate 180!
If you are in a match and can score 20 or more than your opponent you will have a great advantage when you come to finish. It may often mean you will have the first try for the double, even if you didn’t start the leg.
It’s a terrible feeling to have a large lead in a 501 game but still end up losing because of missed doubles.
You need to practice your doubles regularly but having a good strategy will also improve your accuracy.
It is also important to practice with some kind of competition or pressure. During match play, you will feel the pressure all the time so it’s good to be prepared and use to throw under pressure.
It is also great practice to aim for double numbers that can be divided by 2. If you have 32 left and hit a single 16 you can aim for double 8 instead. And if you then hit a single 8 you have another try at double 4. If you start by hitting double 19 and instead hit a single 19 you’re on an odd number and need at least two darts to finish the leg.
20, 10, 5
16, 8, 4, 2, 1
12, 6 3
Well practice makes perfect is an old expression but that’s what it’s all about.
You need to take your darts training seriously and really try to focus on your dart throwing technique, polish the flaws, and vary your practicing sessions. A lot of players set up a camera to film the throwing and study it in slow motion. That way they can compare the throws of the first, second, and third dart.
Use our applications to make the practice sessions focused and more fun.