Swiss Point 03 – In-Depth Review.

Product: Darts (Steel Tip) 
Brand: Target 
Model Name: Swiss Point 
Model / Edition: 03 (22g) 
RRP: £75+   
 
Content of the box for Target Swiss Point 03

General Summary

Swiss Point 03 is a superbly engineered, and finely tuned, addition to Target’s premium range. Straight barrelled and dual gripped to appeal to a wide audience. They feature the brand-new Swiss Point, an interchangeable point system patented by Target. 

The colour scheme and styling, (silver/grey combinations) ensure that the dart is visible in the board but not glaring/distracting. For such a heavily machined dart it has a remarkably slim feel and looks. The grip is strong, impressive and original.  

The SW03 will suit many players but especially those with a lighter grip who like a sharp feel. Relaxed, stylish throwers will be intrigued! The SW03 features the Swiss Point changeable point system, more of which later, but is a fine dart in its own right. 

At over £75 SW03 are a premium piece of design, production and performance for the higher end of the non-player market. 

In the Box: 

3 x Swiss Point 22g Barrels, 1 x Swiss Point Changing Tool, 1 x Extra Set Swiss Points, 3 x Pro-Grip Stems ( Medium) & 3 x Swiss Point badged Flights. 

Player Quotes:

“A seriously solid but stunning looking dart that combines solidity with ease and urgency of grip” 

“I love the grip, the front section is superb looking, but feels less likely to stick than deep/sharp old fashioned rings” 

….Great combination of style and performance, best I have seen for ages”. 

Testing Process: 

A.I.M used different players;  elite, strong amateur, youth and a lady player. We subjected the SW03 to a variety of throw styles, conditions and set ups. In total at least one hundred legs and close to two thousand darts were thrown. Our testers used the dart in competitive practice, training drills, over a weekend for social games, even an open knockout. 

Another model of the Swiss Point range is the latest iteration of Phil Taloy’s 9Five range (Gen6).

In addition to the supplied set up, Standard Shape Target Swiss Point Flights and Pro Grip Stems, players were asked to try their own or any other set up they felt might complement this type of dart. 

The Results:  

  • First Impressions: All three of our testers were very impressed with the general look and feel of the SW03. The milled and cut grips intrigued them whilst the subtle black/grey colour was deemed attractive and not “over done with gold and stuff”. Our players mostly liked the initial feel of the dart in their hand. The words stylish and weighty were used. Two players thought the dart would be heavier than the 22g it actually was. One player was weary of the grip, the new feeling felt sharp and he was doubtful as a result. 
  • Performance: Our youth player was most strongly positive about the SW03. In his view, the dart performed very well and felt very comfortable in the hand and was impressed by the styling. He felt his consistency level improved. In addition, our more social player liked the grip style as it “seemed grippy but not sticky” for their very loose hold on the dart. Both these players are quite relaxed (long) throwers and it seems the SW dart compliments this very well. Our female tester also liked the darts performance while having reservations over the grip level. 
  • Downsides: Our elite level player was intrigued by SW03 overall. However, as he uses a very strong grip, he did not find it as easy to get a regular, comfortable feel from SW03. After a while, he found a better holding zone, more toward the front of the dart and was much happier. 
  • The Tech Bit: For such a heavily engineered dart SW03 come in at a slim 6.4mm wide. The subtle cosmetics and grip pattern combine to create the impression of an even slimmer model. The 51 mm 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 area is superbly engineered, as is the nose area, allowing various Swiss Points 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: Swiss Point (03) stood up very well over the 100+ legs that we subjected them to. Our strong amateur barely made a mark on them over a whole weekend. Our youth player is very direct and caused the usual surface marks.  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 slightly used but not in a way that affected their appeal. It is possible that a worn set of SW03 may well be even better with those who hold the dart firmly being happier when they are slight worn in. It should be noted that the grips do seem to increase wear and tear on the flights. Two of our testers reported using extra flights over an extended period of use. 
A.I.M: Independent dart consultants.

A.I.M:  

After looking long and hard at these darts, and studying the players who tested them with us, we have concluded that they would be excellent for those who have a long throw and light or very light grip. If you think you’re a bit of a Barney or even a Terry Jenkins style thrower, then these may well work for you.  

Traditional style setups, medium stems and standard shaped flights worked best with the SW03. Shorter or more slimline setups seemed to affect the stability of the dart in flight. 

N.B. We will be looking at the Swiss Point System separately.  Check-out our stand-alone review. 

World Series Finals – Day 2 – Barney Storms On.

Raymond van Barneveld’s final competitive tournament in Holland began in style as he beat fellow countryman Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 with an average of 101.7 on day two of the Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals.

A Last Hurrah for RVB?
Pic: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe

The five-time World Champion is aiming to sign off his career in style before retiring at the end of the year by winning his first televised title since the 2014 Premier League.

The packed out crowd at the AFAS Live, Amsterdam gave their idol a hero’s welcome and the 52-year-old repaid them with one of his best, televised, performances of the year.

An average of almost 102 and 60% success rate on double attempts show signs that Van Barneveld is not ready to retire from the game without one last push for a title.

“I feel so relaxed, the crowd were incredible. Can I win tomorrow? I believe so but we will have to wait and see.

“That was a good performance but it’s tough to play against Jermaine because we both want to do well for Holland.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for all of their support and I’m looking forward to playing again for them.”

Van Barneveld will face Dave Chisnall in the last eight after the Grand Prix runner-up beat European and World Matchplay champion Rob Cross 6-4 in the final game of the evening.

Michael van Gerwen needed a last-leg decider to delight the Dutch crowd and defeat Gerwyn Price 6-5.

The match began with Price starting the brighter of the two, breaking throw early to take a 3-1 lead.

The Welshman managed to keep his opponent at arms’ length until Van Gerwen broke back to level at 4-4.

A 127 finish gave Van Gerwen the lead for the first time since the first leg but an equally impressive 129 checkout from Price sent the game into a decider.

A 74 finish sealed the win for the World Champion, who was pleased with his performance.

“That was a good game but I am pleased with how I played. I did the right things at the right moments so I am happy,” said the 30-year-old.

“Gerwyn is playing well at the moment but I don’t care about that as long as I am still the best.

“The crowd were amazing and there might not be as many people as in Rotterdam but they are just as loud, I’m really pleased to win for them.”

Will Johnny be good? Clayton moves into Qtr Finals.
Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe



The world number one will now face Jonny Clayton after he dumped defending champion James Wade out of the competition in a dramatic encounter that needed a deciding leg to separate the pair.

The Welshman had also beaten Wade a week before at the European Championship in a 6-0 success but this match was a lot closer with the deciding 11th leg the only thing between them.

Wade looked most likely to progress to the last eight but squandered leads of 3-1 and 5-3 before Clayton would go on to pin double 16 for the win.

“My confidence is coming back and I’m winning tight matches which I wasn’t doing before,” said Clayton.

“I had to work hard tonight and stick in there because James was playing well, so I’m happy to get the win.”

Ian White beat number two seed Peter Wright in a one-sided 6-2 win.

Diamon White to Shine in Holland?
Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe

The Englishman, who is still looking for his first televised title dominated throughout and believes this could be the event that helps take him to the next level.

“I’m really enjoying myself at the moment and know I’m getting closer.

“I’ve got the best job in the world and I’m loving every minute of it, so why can’t I win this tomorrow?”

Danny Noppert will be White’s opponent in the last eight as he made his first televised quarter-final in almost a year, beating and out of sorts Gary Anderson 6-1.

The Scot averaged just 71 and was punished in style by his Dutch opposition who dominated throughout the match.

Mensur Suljovic booked his place in the quarter-finals in Amsterdam with a 6-3 win over Brisbane Darts Masters champion Damon Heta.

The Austrian averaged just 89.64 but was far more clinical than his opponent and knows he will need to improve if he is to have a chance of lifting the title on Sunday.

“Today was another tough game, it was hard but I win and that is important.

“My focus is now on my match tomorrow not on winning the trophy. I always have to focus on my next match and not anything else.” concluded Suljovic after his victory.

Suljovic will now face Krzysztof Ratajski after the 42-year-old upset the odds to defeat world number five Daryl Gurney 6-4 and progress into the last eight of a televised PDC tournament for the first time.

“I have won on the European Tour now where you have to play three important matches in one day, so maybe this will help me tomorrow, I hope so.”

The 2019 Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals will conclude on Sunday with the afternoon session playing host to the quarter-finals before the semi’s and final in the evening.

​​​​​​​The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Saturday November 2 (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Second Round x8
Jonny Clayton 6-5 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Damon Heta 
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Ian White 6-2 Peter Wright 
Danny Noppert 6-1 Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Rob Cross

Sunday November 3Afternoon Session (1345 local time, 1245 GMT)
Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic v Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen  v Jonny Clayton
Ian White v Danny Noppert
Raymond van Barneveld v Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)
Semi-Finals
Final

ENDS