Drill of the Day – BullShift!

A new Drill from ‘Coach’ and our friends at A.I.M: This time we’re looking to improve your BullShifting.

John Lowe: A master exponent
of BullShifting? (pic: J Lowe)

By now you should have got stuck into the selection of tips, drills and games that Darts World, and friends, have served up So its time for a few more. Today’s offering is BullShift, (Careful! We know what your thinking) we’ll let ‘Coach’ tell you more:

There are several situations during a leg where a dart at the bullseye can be very useful indeed. Whether its ensuring your end up on a two darter, instead of a three, or to ensure you have a finish at all, its basically a cover shot with two possible outcomes, this is BullShifting.

Match Example:

If you are on 201 and your opponent is not on a score where adding pressure might be relevant and you hit t20 s20, with darts one and two, this leaves you with 121 remaining and a single dart. A dart in either the 25 or Bullseye ,(a BullShift) will leave you with a handy two darter (either 96 or 71) whereas a single twenty or a stray (caused by a deflection, obviously!) will likely leave you with a tricky three darter including more complex treble possibilities.

MVG is a fluent and regular BullShifter!

In addition there are many other situation where two at the twenties and one at the bull/outer will be required. These may include shots at 170, 130 to finish or 90, 105, 130, 145 or even 170 to set up a finish.

So its important to be be a bit of a BullShifter with your last dart!

Game Overview:

Although I like most drills to be based around five turns this one has to involve at least 6.

For each turn you will take two darts at the twenties and one dart at the Bullseye ring.

There are six possible outcomes if you hit the twenty bed twice & BullShift: 170, 145, 130, 105, 90 and 65. Each time you hit a score it is removed from scoring. As an incentive, and to give every throw mean, the Bullseye counts as 50, if hit with the last dart (LDB), even if you have repeated a score or not hit two in the twenty bed.

Perfect Example:

  • Turn 1: T20 T20 Bull – 170
  • Turn 2: T20 T20 25 – 145
  • Turn 3: T20 s20 Bull – 130
  • Turn 4: T20 s20 25 – 105
  • Turn: s20 s20 Bull – 90
  • Turn 6: s20 s20 25 – 65
  • Total – 705!

Realistic Run Through:

  • Turn 1: s5 T20 25 – 0
  • Turn 2: s20 s20 25 – 65
  • Turn 3: t20 s20 25 – 105
  • Turn 4: s20 t5 Bull – 50
  • Turn 5: s20 t20 Bull – 50 (repeat score)
  • Turn 6: s20 s20 Bull – 90
  • Total: 360

Variations:

You can vary this drill a number of ways. But beware of driving yourself into a fit of frustration.

I suspect Bully Boy would be superb at BullShifting!
PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG

A tough variation is to list the possible numbers on the marking board, 65-170 inc and then give yourself a set number of throws to knock them all out. Example: use 10 turns and mark how many 65’s, 90’s etc that you clock. But also mark how many times you miss the twenty bed with either of your first two and how many last dart bulls (LDBs) you manage!

Levels:

As you can see from the variations you can set your own level and then simply try to better your best. Total score after 6 turns, number of finishes hit after 10 turns etc. But here is a guide:

  • Amateur: 1 lower BullShift (65 or 90) and an LDB. 115 to 140
  • Pub Team: 1or 2 BullShifts and an LDB. 115 to 220
  • Higher: 2 or more BullShifts and an LDB. 250 or more
  • Elite: 3 or more Bullshifts and a LDB. 400+ (often!)

Records:

Who is the biggest BullShifter?

Top Score: 665 (145,130,65,170,0,50,105)

Fewest Turns: All six BullShifts were taken out in only 11 turns by a player who has flirted with the PDC top 32 but flew a little too close to the sun.

Enjoy Bullshift and let us know how you get on below or via @Darts_World

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Thanks to ‘Coach’ & AIM: @aim180ltd

A.I.M: Pick Their Premier League ‘Challengers’

In response to Andrew Devonshire’s article (http://www.dartsworld.com/challengers-challenge-pick-who-should-face-the-premier-league-field/) Dart designers, consultants and equipment testers A.I.M: have offered their selections for the seven remaining slots in the Premier League Challengers team for 2020. In addition, they have included a controversial wildcard:

Surely Whitey has earned his chance? Are they scared of him?
Pic: PDC L Lustig
  • Ian White
  • Krystztof Ratajaski
  • Seigo Asada
  • Max Hopp
  • Ricky Evans
  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Josh Payne

Our first selection is the Diamond, Ian White. Whitey has been consistently on the vrge of the Premier League (by right) for quite a few years. It seems very unfair that he does not even get an opportunity to get used to it. He is a very funny guy and a player who adapts and improves to every situation. This tester session could be just what he needs to jump up another level. Kryzstof is a major champion and he has claimed PDC titles already, it is only a matter of time before he qualifies and this would give him a chance to show he can do it under these conditions.

Selecting two Germans is both sensible for the development of the game and keeping up the standard of those selected. Clemens is a seriously hard working player who gets better on the time and Hopp know how to win matches and titles.

Ricky Evans is the such a singular player that it would be good to see him in these conditions. If he could retain his composure and relaxation he would be superb entertainment, the crowd would love him. Baby Shark anyone?

Asada gives the Asian tour a focus within the Premier League and may lead to a visit there very soon! He is a quality player who has performed well both on tour and in World Championships.

A fine example of a young professional who has done it the right way. Josh payne could cause a headache or two and deserves reward.

Josh Payne has developed strongly. He has taken his time and matured through each stage of the modern game. Talented, though a little under rated, Josh is a fine example of what a new generation young player should be in attitude, presentation and professionalism. It would be wise to reward this.

WILDCARD – Ted Hankey

The ultimate villain?
Pic: Wimau

We cant help thinking, that if Ted is fit enough, The Count would be a superb guest star. In many ways Hankey, at the Grand Slam, showed the way in terms of a darts villain. It would certainly be a challenge for his opponent and great fun for the crowd.

Unsung Heroes – You Know FullWell!

Nick Fullwell, 50, is a familiar name on the darts circuit, but 2019 saw the man known as ‘Hero’ become known to many more darts fans and he is not finished yet! 

Nick has previous. Having played many PDC majors, his experience should stand him in good stead.
PIC: PDC L Lustig

Nick Fullwell has been playing professional darts for almost fifteen years, but his results in 2019 across both codes were the best of his career. A televised appearance appearance at the World Masters against Scott Waites was followed by immediate qualification for the BDO World Championships where Fullwell became the latest addition to the band of dual-code World Championship contestants after playing in the PDC version in 2009. Fullwell lost a tight game 3-2 to David Evans in the last 32 at the O2, but he can be very proud of his recent progression.

It is, perhaps, at the level just below that Fullwell, the former Pro Tour finalist and West Midlands County player, has demonstrated the most improvement. He claimed a PDC Challenge Tour title at Peterborough, but was not quite consistent enough to challenge in the Order of Merit. Yet, having begun to enter more and more BDO events, he started to pick up other titles and record consistently strong results. 

Winning is beginning to come easier to the Black country player!
Pic: PDC

Fullwell claimed the Toremelinos Classic and reached a clutch of other finals last year, including the very competitive Lincolnshire Open. In what was to prove a common trend, he also reached the semi-finals of the English Nationals in June as his run of success kicked in. 

Fullwell achieved all of this despite finding himself in a tough spot back in 2015. In April of that year, Nick had simply had enough. An extended poor run of form had resulted in very few earnings or ranking points on the PDC Challenge Tour, with things seemingly going from bad to worse. Not a man to give up easily, as his kickboxing belt would indicate, Fullwell sought out some assistance on the oche. For the next twelve months, he dramatically increased his practice time and worked with a coach/mentor to see if he could change the tide.

With a change of darts and a stronger mindset, Fullwell’s hard work began to pay off. Just over twelve months on from his worst performances, he claimed his first PDC title when winning a Challenge Tour event in May 2016. He was also showing superb form in open events and, together with his ‘partner in crime’ Ian ‘Whippet’ Jones, was reaching the latter stages of almost every tournament he entered. 

Tragedy, however, was imminent. At the same time that this superb turnaround in Fullwell’s form was taking place, his wife, and childhood sweetheart, Sharon, was diagnosed with cancer. Showing remarkable courage, the couple managed Sharon’s illness as best as they could whilst raising money for various cancer charities and trying to ensure that their two children were spared as much trauma as possible. Tragically, after a courageous and lengthy fight, Sharon passed away. 

Fullwell’s focus and energies were then almost entirely devoted to ensuring that his children were comforted and helped through school, college and many other of life’s journeys. His form on the oche was put in to perspective. When time allowed, he did pick up his darts and played for the sheer enjoyment of playing, mainly in local events, county matches and a memorial event in honour of his wife.

Slowly over the next couple of years, Fullwell built up the next stage of his life and began to place more time and effort into the game he loves. He now plays for Lincolnshire and has been playing BDO events frequently, as well as the PDC Challenge Tour. The rewards unquestionably arrived in 2019. 

A few years back Fullwell was encouraged to be aggressive and almost angry when he played as it was thought that this might get the best out of him. However, he has resisted this and instead tries to be as relaxed as possible and enjoy the game. In short, he refused to be who he was not and remained true to himself. 

So, when you next see Nick Fullwell stride on to a darts stage, spare a thought and perhaps a cheer, for one of the nicest people in the game of darts. Few have worked as hard, suffered such misfortune or deserve success more than he. 

He really should keep a closer eye on those darts though!
Pic – PDC

JEGL