BDO Worlds – Games of Unusual Interest!

Jacco Krook looks at a handful of games with more than the usual level of interest in them:

Exclusive Scott Mitchell interview.
Scott Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion,. Is involved in one of the early matches that have got people talking this year. Photo: BDO

INTERESTING FIRST ROUND MATCHES:
Mario Vandenbogaerde and Sebastian Steyer will kick off the BDO World Championship. A match between two players to watch. Sebastian has made it to the semi finals of the World Trophy, while Mario was a semi finalist of the World Masters. Need I say more? (Mario emerged the victor from this one this afternoon!)

Number 8 seed Willem Mandigers from the Netherlands will meet Michael Unterbuchner from Germany. Last year they delivered a great match in the quarter finals, which Michael won 5-4. If they get close to their quarter final match of last year we will have a decent game on our hands.

Scott Waites against Martin Adams, the only players to win multiple world titles in the men’s event have drawn each other in the first round. A two times world champion against a three times world champion after a very interesting match in the ladies event. Is there a better way to spend the Monday evening?

A fairytale waiting to happen? Leighton Bennett will take to the senior stage aged 14!

Former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell will play Leighton Bennett, one of the revelations of 2019. The 13-year old Leighton has had a tremendous year, but can he beat the experienced and popular Scott Mitchell?

Wizard’s Wizdom – Introducing Our Latest Contributor.

Here at dartsworld.com we are always trying to bring you new, different and considered information. Our latest darting voice is a former UK Open finalist and proud North Easterner!

Its fair comment to say that Colin Osborne has a wide range of darting experience. Darts’ original ‘Wizard’ soared into the elite levels of the PDC in the late 2000s. Over the next half dozen years, Osborne ticked off most of the ambitions of any professional sportsman. Whilst rising to the verge of the PDC top ten, Colin reached major finals, hit perfect legs and claimed numerous titles. He even defeated ‘The Power’ in a streamed tournament final.

No career is all one way though and in 2011/12 some of the Wizardry seemed to fade. A long, and painfully slow, slide down the rankings, combined with some very difficult personal challenges, ultimately resulted in Colin losing his Pro Tour Card and taking a break from the game.

The Wizard has begun to capture titles again on the ‘Open’ circuit .

Behind the scenes, the fire burned brightly and ‘Our Wizard’ has begun to turn things around. Going back to basics, in every way, has proven a good grounding for what we hope will be a sustained recovery. Colin has spent nearly three years completely remodelling his game. Almost every aspect is different and now plays to his natural strengths rather than the manufactured methods of many players.

Colin’s results have again begun to be noticed around the edges of the darts world. Open events have fallen to ‘The Wizard’ once more (https://www.dartsworld.com/osborne-claims-skegness-open-the-wizard-overcomes-the-apprentice/). Meanwhile, some much-improved efforts, on the PDC’s Challenge Tour, are beginning to show through.

Colin has kindly agreed to share some of his thoughts and experiences with us at Darts World. Look out for his Wizard’s Wizdom in future editions of our publications and here on dartsworld.com.

Follow Colin at https://www.facebook.com/colinozzyosborneofficial/ or @colozzy180 on Twitter!

2018 PDC Annual Awards Dinner - Van Gerwen and Cross Dominate Awards

World Champs Draw Offers MVG v DeSousa Clash.

Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his William Hill World Darts Championship title against Jelle Klaasen or Kevin Burness.

Domestic Honour Seals Burness' William Hill World Darts Championship Debut
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Kevin Burness, stands in the way of a mouth watering 2nd round clash.

The draw was made on Monday for the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship, which will see 96 of the world’s best players competing from December 13-January 1 for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5 million in prize money.

Draw bracket for 2019/20 World Championships

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jelle Klaasen or Kevin Burness

Ricky Evans (32) v Mark McGeeney or Matt Campbell

Jonny Clayton (16) v Ryan Joyce or Jan Dekker

Stephen Bunting (17) v Arron Monk or Jose Justicia

James Wade (8) v Ritchie Edhouse or Boris Koltsov

Steve Beaton (25) v Kyle Anderson or Xiaochen Zong

Ian White (9) v Darius Labanauskas or Matthew Edgar

Max Hopp (24) v Gabriel Clemens or Benito van de Pas

Gary Anderson (5) v Brendan Dolan or Nitin Kumar

Steve West (28) v Ryan Searle or Robbie King

Nathan Aspinall (12) v Andy Boulton or Danny Baggish

Krzysztof Ratajski (21) v Jamie Hughes or Zoran Lerchbacher

Michael Smith (4) v Luke Woodhouse or Paul Lim

Dimitri Van den Bergh (29) v Josh Payne or Diogo Portela

Adrian Lewis (13) v Cristo Reyes or Lourence Ilagan

Darren Webster (20) v Ryan Meikle or Yuki Yamada

Rob Cross (2) v Kim Huybrechts or Geert Nentjes

Danny Noppert (31) v Steve Lennon or Callan Rydz

Joe Cullen (15) v James Wilson or Nico Kurz

Jermaine Wattimena (18) v Luke Humphries or Devon Petersen

Peter Wright (7) v Rowby-John Rodriguez or Noel Malicdem

Keegan Brown (26) v Mickey Mansell or Seigo Asada

Dave Chisnall (10) v Vincent van der Voort or Keane Barry

Jeffrey de Zwaan (23) v Raymond van Barneveld or Darin Young

Daryl Gurney (6) v Justin Pipe or Benjamin Pratnemer

Glen Durrant (27) v Jose De Sousa or Damon Heta

Mensur Suljovic (11) v Ted Evetts or Fallon Sherrock

Chris Dobey (22) v Ron Meulenkamp or Ben Robb

Gerwyn Price (3) v William O’Connor or Marko Kantele

John Henderson (30) v James Richardson or Mikuru Suzuki

Simon Whitlock (14) v Harry Ward or Madars Razma

Mervyn King (19) v Ross Smith or Ciaran Teehan

Ice Man’s Major Secret.

Gerwyn Price kicked off dart’s major season with an emphatic defence of his 2018 Grand Slam of Darts title.

The Iceman had no doubt in his own mind that he had more than the game to go and win the title, but has now also convinced the entire darting World he is ultimately the real deal.

Gezzy’s career since gaining his Tour Card in 2014 is nothing short of spectacular and it’s simply unbelievable what he has achieved in such a short space of time, compared to any other dart player on the planet to date.

It’s no doubt that his rugby career has helped him deal with the pressures that go with playing darts at the highest level, but in-depth research around Price’s technical ability and talent reveals that’s not the real secret.

Gerwyn took to darts very late by modern comparison, not playing any serious level darts until he was in his late 20s. However, the style and way in which he approached the game saw him play with an almost technical perfection from the outset.

Stephen Feeney, SightRight specialist darts coach said “I had the privilege very early on in Gerwyn’s career to analyse his throw up close and personal, instantly you can see that whilst he throws slightly favouring the right side of the oche, his actual technical delivery is perfectly sighted, similar to all of the best players in darts. This technical advantage allows him to deliver the most accurate possible throw whilst dealing the mental stresses they are under during intense televised major tournaments, and no doubt this is one of Gerwyn’s major secrets.

PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG: GERWYN PRICE WINS GSoD

Steve went on to say “Gerwyn has learned to execute brilliantly under pressure with a total trust in his visual and technical set up under which he can see the entire flight of the dart similar, to Tiger Woods when he used to say he could feel the flight of the ball.”

With manufacturing, research and development allowing players like Gezzy to get exactly what they need in their set-up, this has made a massive difference to Gerwyn in bringing the highest levels of his game on to the televised stage. A very rare commodity as most players including those at the top of the game often never do, as seen when Gezzy threw his unofficial 9-darter during the break against Gary Anderson.

Gezzy’s self-belief has continued to grow and has been evidenced by his results against the very best in the game over the last 18 months. He regularly tests this ultimate set-up by trialling new options with shafts and flight setups to keep reminding himself that what he currently has is still the very best for him.

DW – Our analyst has looked at Price’s set up and can see the advantages:

Gerwyn uses a very simple and traditional setup. It’s his standard shape, signature flight popped into a silver medium length aluminium stem“….

It matches his dart and does not look to have any whistles & bells on it, but suits his, quite long, throw.”

In addition, I like the pronounced narrowing of the stem which has long been thought to provide more lift to the flight, this seems to help the angle of entry with the darts standing up nicely”

The aluminium stem is thought by some to move quicker through the air due to its rigidity” – (DW Coach/Analyst)

Gerwyn heads to Minehead for the 2019 Players Championship Final in scintillating form, where he takes on Mickey Mansell, but even the very fit and talent Iceman must be conscious of the sheer emotional drain defending his title took last week.


A version of this article appears at reddragondarts.com

Additional comment by DW staff.

Gurney’s Secret Source – What’s Behind Superchin’s Latest Win?

Speaking to Winmau.com Daryl Gurney offered some thoughts on his recent win and on why it’s taken a while in 2019.

Gurney claimed his first-floor title of 2019 with a superb, controlled run.
PIC: Winmau

Daryl Gurney hit top form with his second PDC ranking title of 2019, winning  PDC Players Championship 25 at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday.

‘Superchin’ stormed through the opposition, winning every match by at least a three-leg cushion, defeating Peter Wright, Ian White and Nathan Aspinall 8-5 in the final.

We asked Daryl what is the secret of this success, as he’s been a touch quieter of late and not getting the results we know he works for.

Daryl said, “Looking back I’ve let a few things creep in that have stopped me preparing in the way I need to, to be at my absolute best.”

“So basically I’ve taken my darts and hit the practice board in the right way, as I’ve done so often in the past and clearly it’s helped get my competitive edge back as I was really pleased to come through such a tough field on Saturday”

We asked Daryl what is it that’s so special about his current darts setup and he said: “I’ve not tweaked my Winmau setup for years as I know that they are absolutely perfect for me in how I see and feel the darts flying into the board.”

“At this Players Championship, I definitely got my scoring power back courtesy of some sensible practice and I really, really hope that my form can continue for the rest of year”

Players Championship 25
Saturday September 21
Last 16

Ian White 6-0 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Max Hopp 6-5 Luke Humphries
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright 6-3 Callan Rydz
Michael Smith 6-1 Gerwyn Price
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Andy Boulton
Justin Pipe 6-0 Keegan Brown
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Toni Alcinas

Quarter-Finals
Ian White 6-3 Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Peter Wright
Michael Smith 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Justin Pipe

Semi-Finals
Daryl Gurney 7-4 Ian White
Nathan Aspinall 7-5 Michael Smith

Final
Daryl Gurney 8-5 Nathan Aspinall

Ends

Article originally appeared at – Winmau.com

Cover Image: PDC / L Lustig

Stephen Bunting Gen 3 – Review

The Bullet himself has been a little subdued for a while now, it’s not surprising then, that the time has come for a refresh of his darts. Could this new version result in Stephen recapturing his best?

Product: Darts (Steel Tip)

Brand: Target

Model: Stephen Bunting (Gen3)

Variation: 12g (90% Tungsten)

RRP: £39+

Marks: 7 – 9 /10 (overall 8/10)

First Impressions: After ‘The Bullet’ stuttered during 2017 & 18 he, and Target, seems to have gone back to basics here. Out goes the strawberry grip and the golden styling.
The Gen 3 is totally smooth but has a slight bulb toward the point (6.9mm widest). A flat smooth area lengthens the gradient from a narrower section to the curved nose area. A little like smooth Dennis Priestley darts. A lovely feeling dart that warms quickly and then is surprisingly grippy. At 48mm long it is much longer than most ultralight darts.


As Supplied: Fitted with short traditional points and set up with Pro Grip Target Stems, in medium length, and Bullet logo flights, black & red. All contained within the standard target packaging. A nice overall image and coordinated colour scheme is the result.

Testing Procedure: As usual, we used three players with different styles and skill levels. This time an elite player, a youth player and a decent amateur all were enthusiastic to try these highly unusual arrows. An initial practise session was used to adapt and then two more sessions were held over the next couple of weeks.

One of our players used these over a social darts evening with a group of friends. Another tried an open event in the Midlands. Overall the Gen 3 had well over 100 legs worth of use and were given a thorough work-out.

Results & Reactions:

  • Elite: Struggled with the weight initially. These are ten grams lighter than his usual choice. After adapting, however, our elite player enjoyed using these in practice. Trying to use them in a competitive leg seems to prove too much.
  • Strong Amateur: Our strong amateur player uses quite a light dart by choice and is quite wristy. This seemed to suit and it did not take long until our player was as effective with these as with his default arrows. He liked the smooth grip and the slight bulge made the dart feel more secure in his fingers. With time and practise he is sure these would become his new ‘weapon of choice’!
  • Youth: Our youth player was perhaps the least impressed of our testers. The short barrel was not easy for him to get used too and no comfortable grip could be found. The desperate remedy of a social night out, mixed with alcohol, was used. Could a less focused environment help? Sadly, this was not much of a success, although others who attended the evening got on much better, with the Bunting darts, than our player. Including somone who had never played before!

Comments:


A.I.M:An excellent dart if you can persevere with getting used to such a light option with no apparent grip. Many will lose patience but those who didn’t may become permanent converts“. We notice that “players with less preconceptions are much more positive to these darts and perform well with them”.

I loved these and may get myself some on payday. The little bulge makes all the difference from other lightweights I have tried. These feel much better” – Amateur 1.

I liked these but could not translate practise into match form. Perhaps they would work as a practice aid?” – Elite Player.

Marks: The marks varied between a 7 from our youth player, generous because he saw others get on with them. and a nine from our strong amateur player. very light and smooth darts are always likely to polarise opinion. They do not obey convention and take time to master. But the overall 8/10 is pretty good for such a specialist dart.

Has Target Discovered the Holy Grail? Will Swiss Point Prove A Game Changer?

Target’s latest product launch included what appears to be a revolutionary new pointing system. The ‘Swiss Point’ has been included within the latest Phil Taylor dart (Gen 6) and in a range of self-titled Swiss Point models.

The first signature Swiss Point dart.
Pic: Target Promo

dartsworld.com has been lucky enough to get our hands on a set of Swiss Point (03 22g) and has asked independent testers (AIM:) for an in-depth review. We will be very interested to hear their views on whether Target has cracked one of the longest puzzles in darts manufacture.

AIM: Will be putting the SP03 through its paces on behalf of dartsworld.com

Since at least the 1980s players and companies have been attempting to make it easier to change points. Unicorn had the ‘Tri-Point’ and others had ‘Power Points’ etc. Previously this was mainly to either change the point length or to replace a broken or damaged point. However, thanks to huge recent innovation players are demanding more and more individualisation and technical flexibility. Our resident coach, for example, is of the view that ‘Point Tech’ is “the only true advance since tungsten”.

The tool for changing points looks simple & easy to use.
Pic: Target Promo

Some players even use different points according to the conditions. Preferring a more grippy point if the conditions are warm and humid or a stiffer one for hard boards.

A final area of curiosity has always been the use of the same darts for different formats. Up to know the idea of simply changing your points to play soft/steel tip has not proven possible. Could ‘Swiss Point’ also be a step in this direction?

Like all products, the final say will rest with the player/consumer. But it will certainly be interesting to read and share the AIM team’s reports and see if Target has indeed cracked it.

Rogue – A Muscular Dart That Lives Up To Its Name.

AIM Darts, Darts Review, Red Dragon Darts, Rogue

Product: Darts (Steel Tip)

Brand: Red Dragon

Model Name: Rogue

Variation / Edition: 22g

Grade: 8.5/10

General Summary:

Rogue is a superbly built, and finely tuned, addition to the mid-premium range, straight barrelled darts, market. The colour scheme and styling ensure that the dart is visible in the board but not glaring or distracting. Brand New for 2019 from on-line specialist Red Dragon darts.

For such a heavily machined dart it has a remarkably slim feel and look. The grip is both impressive and original. Rogue will suit most players but especially those with a firm grip and quite a powerful throw. Direct throwers will be captured!

At less than £45 Rogue are a premium piece of design, production and performance for a mid-range price tag.

Testing Process: A.I.M used three different players, one elite, one strong amateur and one social player, and subjected Rogue to a variety of throw styles, conditions and set ups. In total over one hundred legs and close to two thousand darts were thrown. Our testers used Rogue in competitive practice, training drills, over a weekend for social games, a team practise session and even an open knockout.

In addition to the supplied set up (Hardcore Flights & Nitro Stems) players were asked to try their own or any other set up they felt might work.

AIM Darts, Darts Review, Red Dragon Darts, Rogue

The Results:

  • First Impressions: All three of our testers were impressed with the general look of the Rogue model. The milled grip intrigued them whilst the subtle black/grey colour was deemed attractive and not “flash like some”. Two of our three players liked the initial feel of the dart in their hand. The words solid and muscular were popular.
  • Performance: Our strong amateur tester was most strongly positive about Rogue. He was of the view that the dart performed very well and felt very stable and reliable both in the hand and in the flight. He felt his consistency level improved. This was the case even though the test set was lighter than his usual 23g set. In addition, our more social player liked the grip style as it “seemed less catchy” for their tight hold on the dart. Both these players are quite firm throwers and it seems Rogue compliments this very well.
  • Downsides: Our elite level player was quite impressed with Rogue overall. However, as he uses a very light grip, he did not find it as easy to get a regular, comfortable feel from Rogue. As the session wore on this became more and more prominent. As always it is difficult to know how much of the impression was actual and how much purely psychological.
  • The Tech Bit: For such a heavily engineered dart Rogue come in at a slim 6.5mm wide. The subtle cosmetics and grip pattern combine to create the impression of an even slimmer model. The 50.8mm length is the middle point in recent times and allows many different throw styles to feel comfortable. The slightly rounded ‘nose cone’ area is essential on a dart with pronounced grip. The stem join is superbly engineered, as is the nose area, enabling a collared point to be fitted whilst still allowing the “rested finger” to be consistent. The “Dual Force Machining” results in a square cut grip that acts more like a texture.
  • Durability: Rogue stood up very well over the 100+ legs that we subjected them to. Our social player barely made a mark on them over a whole weekend. Our strong amateur caused the usual surface marks and our elite player maximised the contact between the arrows. Yet, due to the colour scheme and styling, no difference was noticed to the appearance of the dart in the board. In the hand, the darts simply appeared even more rugged than before. It is possible that a worn set of Rogue may well be even better than a shiny new trio. It should be noted that the milled grips do seem to increase wear and tear on the flights. Two out of three of our testers reported using a few extra flights over an extended period of use.
  • Out of 10: The 8.5 out mark consisted of very high marks coming from our serious and casual amateur players but a slightly lower one from our elite player. Overall the Rogue was a popular product that we felt was a good value for money.
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A.I.M: Are an independent darts consultancy based in the U.K.

Willie’s Run Powers Ireland To World Cup Final.

Irishman Willie O’Connor has had a splendid couple of months. From claiming his first PDC ranking title through to a place in the BetVictor World Cup of Darts. http://winmau.com summarised his stellar weekend as follows;

winmau.com

William O’Connor stunned the World with a display of darting excellence en route to powering the Republic of Ireland into Sunday’s World Cup of Darts final in Hamburg.

The Republic of Ireland were eventually defeated in the final 3-1, but after clocking up shock wins over England, Austria and the Netherlands, the duo claimed the hearts of the darting World.

Willie, a Winmau player for over 5 years has often shown glimpses of his deep natural talent, as we saw in his recent debut PDC ranking title win at Players Championship 13.

O’Connor shocked Rob Cross in the second round of the tournament and was threating to break the record PDC televised average. In the end, the Irishman had to settle for a magnificent 115 average, as the shell-shocked Rob Cross posted a valiant 109 average.

Willie said, “It’s a dream come true for me to represent the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup of Darts, let alone getting to the final and I’m so privileged to have played with such a fantastic partner in Steve Lennon. It’s a week that we’ll never forget”.

World Cup of Darts Results

Semi-Finals

Scotland 2-0 Japan

Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Seigo Asada

Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-1 Haruki Muramatsu

Doubles: (Not Needed)

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Netherlands

Singles One: Steve Lennon 3-4 Michael van Gerwen

Singles Two: William O’Connor 4-1 Jermaine Wattimena

Doubles: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Netherlands

Final

Scotland 3-1 Republic of Ireland

Singles One: Gary Anderson 2-4 Steve Lennon

Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 William O’Connor

Doubles: Scotland 4-0 Republic of Ireland

Singles Three: Peter Wright 4-1 Steve Lennon

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The latest edition of our classic Darts World print magazine is available now. Regular readers will notice that it is undergoing an evolution in style and content. Along with dartsworld.com and our forthcoming publications, we aim to provide information and entertainment for every dart player and fan. Check out the highlights below;

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Here are some of this month’s highlights:

Third time lucky for Ian White.

Christopher Kempf on The Premier League Final.

Win A Great Set of Darts with Red Dragon’s Guess Who Competition.

Tribute to Mikko

Steve Brown on Darting USA

Extensive County, Super League and Amateur darts coverage.

Win a Brand New Blade 5 with Winmau’s Player of the Month

Patrick Chaplin’s Last Word – More on Ambidextrous Players, Alan Glazier & More