Lorraine Winstanley interview.

Pioneering Darts Online – How Far We’ve Come and How To Get Started!

The explosion of virtual, or online darts as it has become known in recent times, has reminded one of our readers, Shaun Rodgers, of the early days of such events. In addition, he thought you might like some handy tips on getting started!

The year is 2008 and, on an online darts forum (yes, forums were big at the time!) called Double16, myself and a group of friends decided we would run a darts league online, using webcams and darts software.

An early pioneer of online darts? Mark ‘Mile High’ Hylton (Pic; L Lustig / PDC)

This was quite a bold move at the time and the league received mixed reviews. Excellent players including Lorraine Winstanley (then’ Farlam) known as Dartchick and Mark ‘Mile High’ Hylton (above) took part, but issues soon cropped up. Webcams were not of as good a quality as they are today and sadly this led to cheating being widespread. The software was adequate but fairly limited in terms of capability, and the whole idea of online darts was generally ridiculed.

Fast forward 12 years and the world has changed. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in online darts drastically taking off with leagues, tournaments and general recreational play taking place all over the world. I was recently shown a Facebook group that has over 1,000 players taking part in a knockout tournament which runs for seven days. In addition, numerous leagues have popped up offering monetary prizes for the winner, funded by entry fees. Online darts has come a long way since the days of our small webcam league in 2008.

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Software has advanced significantly since 2008 and there are now a number of websites and applications that provide dart players with the ability to play against another opponent online from anywhere in the world with minimal technical intervention. Players can now, not only see their opponent’s board with a 1080hp quality camera, but they can also see them throwing the darts and chat with them using Facebook Live or Google Hangouts. We never dreamed that software like this would be available so soon. This doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of cheating however, and this was confirmed to me just a few days ago when a player who typically has a 3-dart average in the late 50s hit a 9-dart finish against me and finished with a 87 average!

Anyway, enough of the cheats, let’s move on to how you can start playing online darts!

Set-up: The most important part of the set-up is the board; it needs to be as well lit as possible. Advancement in dart board lighting is now at its peak with the fantastic Target Corona Vision Lighting System leading the way, whilst the XQ Max lighting board surround has never looked brighter. Conventional ceiling lights can work reasonably, but the important point is your opponent should be able to see your board clearly.

Camera Location: There are two potential options for your camera. Firstly, and most recommended, you could adopt the normal left-hand-side view that is used with televised darts. For this approach, the camera needs to be level with the board and be in such a position where it is easy to see where your darts have entered the board. The other option is to place the camera in a front-on position. There is a notable trend that this position, whilst satisfactory, does tend to lead to more questions about where your darts have landed.

Throwing the Darts: You don’t have to position the camera to show you actually throwing the darts. You can if you wish, but this is down to personal preference. Some people use the split-screen system on streams to show both the board and them throwing the darts, but what’s most important is the ability for your opponent to see where your darts enter the board.

The Russ Bray App has been updated during Covid and has millions of downloads.

Application/Website: There are a multitude of options available, but we at DartsInStoke would recommend godartspro.com. This is a brilliant product, both for matches and practice sessions. However, to experience the full benefits and be able to play against an opponent you will need a premium account (DW Note: This feature and more is available on the improved from our own Russ Bray!).

It is often worth purchasing an upgrade as you can access valuable practice sessions and track your statistics. If you don’t want to spend much money then Nakka n01 is our first choice. This used to be a downloadable software but is now available online and you can play anyone across the globe with a capacity of over 3,000 players playing at the same time. Unfortunately, Nakka n01 does not show webcams, but if you make arrangements with an opponent to play, you can set a chatroom for them to be in and add a password so that only they can join you. Also on the market is Pro-Darter which is quickly growing in popularity. One key benefit of this product is that you can assign a Google Hangouts account, which means when you play your opponent you can see their board and chat with them at the same time, a website that offers all in one package and it is entirely free to use with no subscription fee.

In summary, online darts is here to stay and will continue to grow. There are some great products on the market. Remember to maintain darts etiquette when you’re playing online and no cheating!

Good luck and enjoy your darts!


Featured Pic: BDO / Tip Top pics

Light Editing: James Lincoln (for DW)

DW: Thanks Shaun for your informative and fun piece. We should have known that it would be so, hailing from the capital of darts, Stoke-on-Trent, you have to know your stuff up there!

Top Three Practise Tips!

Lockdown has given many people the opportunity to practise their darts in new and interesting ways. It has also given some of those who operate online systems a huge amount of information on how people practice and what can help.

The guys at godartspro.com have been looking at players practice efforts and have come up with a few guidelines to improve your practice quality:

Mixing up your practice
Darts is all about the right mind-set. That’s why you need to practice games and routines that you enjoy. But they also need to be suitably challenging. Their difficulty-level must be right for your current level and you need to want to do them over and over again. You need to gain some wins under your belt. Might they be just small wins? A win might be just a proper score or getting through your favourite routine swiftly.
That’s how you learn to win, because your biggest opponent and nemesis has always been and will forever be yourself.

Practice only fully focused
This is easier said than done with family, work, social media fighting for your attention. That’s why your training sessions need to be short to be able to be fully focused. Leading productivity experts discovered through extensive research that a human first burst of full concentration lasts approximately 25 minutes, and requires a short break of 3-5 minutes before attempting a second burst of focus. After your first 45-60 minutes of practice it’s time for a longer break of +30 minutes to maintain peak performance.

Practice needs to be fun
After two or three focused practice sessions (2 x 25 min) do a longer break (at least 30 minutes) I suggest you do a round or two of the ongoing challenges on GoDartsPro.These challenges are a fun way to practice and put you under more pressure since you want to score better than the other members. Try to reach the leaderboard and try to stay there until the challenge is ended.


DW Resident CoachThe GDP folk have built a very interesting practice engine that can be both enjoyable and effective.

The tips above align almost perfectly with much of what I have always practiced. The timings are close although, with most players, I would reduce them to 20 mins and not 25 if possible.

Even with elite players I always try to end on good note or a fun game!


Original text by Go Darts Pro: Try their practise games and routine here: Go Darts Pro

Live Darts To Return From Friday! PDC Launch Home League!

Darts fans will be able to watch PDC stars across 32 consecutive nights of live darts action as the PDC Home Tour launches this Friday.

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Elite level darts will be brought from the living rooms of the pros to fans worldwide through live video calls, with players set to make history as part of the PDC’s first ever home-staged event.
 
All Tour Card Holders have been given the opportunity to take part in the PDC Home Tour, which will see four players in action every night.
 
A nightly league format will see all four competitors play each other once in matches played over the best of nine legs, with a winner crowned each night.
 
Following the conclusion of the initial 32 nights of league phase action, the 32 group winners will advance to the second phase of the competition.
 
With each night’s action commencing at 1930 BST, darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.
 
The 16 players who will compete across the first four nights of PDC Home Tour will be announced on Wednesday via the PDC’s official website and social media channels.
 
All PDC Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.


 


The action will also be shown live through a series of bookmakers’ websites.
 

 
The PDC Home Tour has been introduced following the success of ‘Darts At Home’, which saw nine PDC players, including Nathan Aspinall and Stephen Bunting, competing live on the PDC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel across two nights of mini-league action.
 
A popular concept among players and fans alike, ‘Darts At Home’ was featured on Sky Sports News as darts was highlighted as one of a small number of sports to broadcast live action during the current situation.
 
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn commented: “Firstly, I would like to thank all our incredible NHS staff who continue to save lives in the most difficult circumstances, we all owe an immense amount of gratitude to our key workers.
 
“It gives me great excitement that we are able to deliver live darts to fans in these unprecedented times.
 
“We’ve spent the last few weeks planning and looking at what is possible, and I’m delighted to be able to present a concept which gives all Tour Card Holders the opportunity to take part.
 
“The PDC Home Tour will provide a regular supply of live sport to fans, showcasing the talent and unique characters of our players to both existing and new audiences.
 
“The event will also give players a chance to play competitive darts in this down period in preparation for the return to normal action, whenever that may be.”


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Diary Of Darting Distance: John Fowler Shares Tales Of Darting Life On Hold.

Darts World have been in regular contact with our contributors, both print and online, during these difficult days. Each have expressed a combination of sadness, disappointment and apprehension at what the future may hold. However, they have all also felt that others are worse of than they are and that they should make the best they can of things.

John Fowler, World Championship official, popular MC and author of ‘Mic Drop’ has offered to share his experiences through a regular diary. As always with John it is honest, revealing and quite moving at times. We hope readers gain from his sharing it:

John’s usually irrepressible personality has taken taken a a different tone during the Lock Down. he share it here:

Thursday 9th April:

2 and a half weeks into the “Lockdown” situation I find myself going out for a good long walk, at least 5 miles a day alone with my thoughts. Today I was a bit more cheerful than I have been and came up with a poem that many of you will have seen on Facebook. The weather was very kind and it was enjoyable. Beats staring at 4 walls I suppose:

While this footpath I walk along, 
The sky is full of skylark song,
A flock of bullfinch thirty strong, 
Serenade me on my way;

Listening to the buzzing bees,
Above the sound of a gentle breeze,
With the fresh new leaves upon the trees, 
On this beautiful spring day;

A brace of pheasant took to the air,
They gave me quite a scare,
I did not know that they were there, 
But I’m still alive so that’s okay.

Friday 10th April:

“Good Friday” although nothing “good” about today apart from the weather. I should have been working with Ronnie Baxter in Plymouth tonight before travelling to Germany for an exhibition with Jackpot, Diamond, Superchin and Duzza and then staying over there for the Bulls German open weekend in Kalkar next weekend. Another exhibition postponed today which doesn’t help my mood.

Saturday 11th April:

Another 5 or so mile walk today, different route to the last 2 days. I went down by the canal, another fine day, mood a little better today. Although disappointed about not being in Germany, working, at least I had an enquiry for later in the year or early 2021.

Sunday 12th April:

Another fine day, I was a little bit naughty so don’t tell anyone but walked a lot today totalling about 11 miles. To be fair, where I live, you don’t see many people where I walk and definitely give them a wide berth when I do. I spend lots of time thinking whilst walking, does that count as multitasking? Just hoping that this situation sorts itself out soon.

Stay safe all.

John 


Editors note: John has form when this poetry lark, there is a rumour that he had poems published in darts world over 30 years ago! We shall try to track them down!

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Our Expert’s Top Ten Mental Health Bullseyes!

The good news is that walking up and down an oche counts as exercise, and the more times the better – keep playing!

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The DIMINUTIVE PHIL TAYLOR (V RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD) PIC: L Lustig

So here we are. Grounded like a naughty teenager, by a virus that’s smaller than Phil Taylor, yet more aggressive than that bloke at your local who reckons you spilt his pint. Stuck indoors, and there’s no hope of darts on the tele, let alone down the pub. What are we supposed to do with ourselves? It’s tempting to slump on the sofa with a beer and some rubbish tv, and just hope the world goes back to normal soon. But we might be grounded for some time yet, so here are my psychological ten top tips for darts fans to get through with your sanity intact:

1. Keep in touch. Social distancing, as the government calls it, is really about physical distance. Just because you have to keep 2 metres (6 foot 6”) away from each other physically doesn’t mean you have to be socially isolated. Looking after yourself and your family if you have one means staying in touch with people and keeping up those social connections. Phone calls, texts, video calls are all ways of keeping up your social life; video is best if you can manage it, because it helps to see people’s faces. Why not hold a social event with your darts team over Skype? If you’re up for it, play a game with your mate – same rules as normal, just via video not in person. (No cheating!).

2. Keep moving! We don’t realise how much we move about when we’re at work, or just out and about doing our usual stuff. Being at home can mean we sit still a lot, which isn’t good for our physical or mental health. The good news is that walking up and down an oche counts as exercise, and the more times the better – keep playing! If you don’t have basic kit at home, some online suppliers will still deliver (check out Red Dragon, A180, and Argos). If that’s not an option, try gardening, walking the dog, sorting the shed, or even dancing in front of the tele (well there’s no-one watching, right?).

The best place for a dartboard is not beside an open window.

3. Stay positive. Notice the things in your life that are still good. Yes, this is a horrible time, and it’s easy to get dragged into a pit of negativity. Think about what you’re grateful for – whether it’s that you went shopping for loo roll just before the panic buying started, or your mates. It might sound daft, but taking time to count your blessings is really good for our happiness.

4. Put down the phone. Watch out for spending too much time on social media. There’s a lot of anxiety, fear and worry out there – and if you’re feeling down, you risk getting sucked into it too. Keep an eye on yourself, and if you notice yourself getting gloomy, think about only looking at it once or twice a day.

5. Living with others is complicated when you’re all trapped in the same place (you probably didn’t need me to tell you that). If you share a house with other people, work out some ways that you can still get some time to yourself (in the shower?), agree some rules as a group about what is ok and what’s not, and find ways to fill your time as a group (darts, anyone?). If you spot bickering getting worse, step away, and don’t rise to the bait.

6. Keep to a routine. Starting your day at around the same time, having a structure to your day, and a regular bedtime, will all help you to feel better, and will help your sleep. And sleep WILL help you to cope with all of this.

7. Watch the booze. There’s nothing wrong with having an occasional beer or other drink if you usually enjoy it – but watch out that it doesn’t become your only coping mechanism. Try to limit your intake to just one or two drinks every now and then, and drink sensibly. Drinking too much can put a strain on your relationships with others, and although it might feel like it helps you to cope, it makes sleep worse, saps your energy, and can reduce your coping abilities.

If your following tip 8 then RVB v The Power in 2007 is a must!

8. Keep yourself occupied. Darts is the obvious one, and this might be the perfect opportunity to improve your game – but even the most die-hard fan will get bored eventually. Watch some old games on YouTube and pause part way through a game to check your maths – what would you throw for next? Get those household chores done, train the dog, find an online course to study for free. Try to find things that get you thinking, not just mindless distractions that allow you to dwell on all the things that might go wrong.

9. Keep control. If you’re getting worried, focus on the things you can control, and not the things you can’t. You can keep yourself safe (hand washing, distancing, etc); you can’t control what the family next door is doing, so let them worry about that for themselves. You can keep your own boredom under control; but you can’t change when we’ll all be allowed to go back to normal life again, so focus on entertaining yourself for now. Feeling in control of your own life is called agency, and it helps us all to feel happier.

10. Keep it real. Finally, don’t expect miracles of yourself. If you’re feeling down, and worried about everyone’s health, or about finances, that’s normal. Talk about it with someone you trust. Not managing to get the kids home-schooled, the mother-in-law’s shopping and sort out your brothers’ finances all in one day? That’s fine. Right now, you have one job – keep you and yours well. The rest can get sorted later.


Dr Julie Hulme is a psychologist from Keele University, Staffordshire, who has been known to throw the odd dart in her spare time.

Darts World – Looking After Your Mental Health.

Often at Darts World we seek the advice, opinion or counsel of ‘the experts’. Usually it’s regarding stats, coping with nerves or improving concentration. We did not expect to be consulting them to advise on darters’ (and others’) mental health during a virus lock-down.

However, Keele University’s Dr Julie Hulme stepped up and delivered a superb top ten guide to help us all stay in great mental shape during the weeks to come:

The good news is that walking up and down an oche counts as exercise, and the more times the better – keep playing!

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The DIMINUTIVE PHIL TAYLOR (V RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD) PIC: L Lustig

So here we are. Grounded like a naughty teenager, by a virus that’s smaller than Phil Taylor, yet more aggressive than that bloke at your local who reckons you spilt his pint. Stuck indoors, and there’s no hope of darts on the tele, let alone down the pub. What are we supposed to do with ourselves? It’s tempting to slump on the sofa with a beer and some rubbish tv, and just hope the world goes back to normal soon. But we might be grounded for some time yet, so here are my psychological ten top tips for darts fans to get through with your sanity intact:

1. Keep in touch. Social distancing, as the government calls it, is really about physical distance. Just because you have to keep 2 metres (6 foot 6”) away from each other physically doesn’t mean you have to be socially isolated. Looking after yourself and your family if you have one means staying in touch with people and keeping up those social connections. Phone calls, texts, video calls are all ways of keeping up your social life; video is best if you can manage it, because it helps to see people’s faces. Why not hold a social event with your darts team over Skype? If you’re up for it, play a game with your mate – same rules as normal, just via video not in person. (No cheating!).

Read the full article here


Drill Of The Day – Bob’s 27. A Doubling Classic.

If you have been trying, some of the many, new practise drills and games that have been dreamt up, you may be wondering where they came from. SwitchBlade, Middle For Diddle and Sprint (Pro) Half-It were developed by A.I.M:, to assist players they coach,and Kill Bull looks like a Mikko Laiho / Winmau game. Today you can hear, about one of the most famous doubles drills, from the man who invented it!

Bob Anderson Talk’s Through his Bob’s 27 Routine.

Coach’s Comments:

Now I must own up to a bias, Bob is a man after my own heart in many ways. He was also a seriously good player! As important is his understanding of the game and how to improve and or maintain your performance. It is no accident that Bob had a very long Professional career and still plays to a very high standard, in exhibition and competitive matches, aged over 70.

It may also be significant that Bob was one of the first to have a background in a different (athletic) sport. Gerwyn Price has repeated the trick in this era.

Bob’s first point is one of my favourite rules. Have an aim to your practice, don’t just throw aimlessly at the twenties etc. Bobs next tip is to focus heavily on finishing and hitting that double, his ‘Bob’s 27’ is legendary. Watch it through and give it a few goes. This sets your benchmark and then you should add it to your daily routine. Many players use it as part of their early session or near the start of a longer one.

If you want evidence of how this improves your game check out Bob’s efforts in the 1986 World Masters:

The Limestone Cowboy was as good as they come and, in spells, was outstanding! 151,120,150 & 154! Not often you see that even today. These were hit under serious pressure, on a round wired board, in a major tournament and in quick succession.

So if you want to improve your doubles/finishing listen to Bob Anderson!


This is what ‘Coach’ calls a development (or reset) drill. While high level players will play it as a warm up or settling routine, shorter sharper drills can be better for those at the top. Bob’s 27 gives equal focus to every double, great when your developing, whereas sometimes a sharper focus on those that are used most often is more beneficial.

Darts World will show you a few of these over the coming days and weeks.


Game of the Day – SwitchBlade! A Short Sharp Scoring Drill.

The Menace (above) was a SwitchBlade Master!

Today’s, darting isolation, drill/game of the day is called SwitchBlade. It’s a very simply way to get your eyes, & body, used to switching away from its main target. The art of ‘positive switching‘, to hit higher scores rather than from a maths views, was mastered and illustrated by Dennis Priestley, in his first World title run he amazed viewers with his habitual clocking of treble 18. This ensured he was swiftly ‘on a finish’ in minimum darts.

Players in the modern era (PDC and Sky TV), have developed switching to a fine art. Some such as Adrian Lewis and Micheal Smith almost seem to prefer it. Let’s get you more proficient, and automated, at this:

Game Overview:

SwitchBlade aims to improve your accuracy and fluidity when switching from one treble bed to another. This applies equally to switching due to vision blockage or to ensure leaving a finish.

Ideal Start?

As with many of our drills it is based around five turns at the board:

  • Turn 1 : Aim for Treble 20 with all three darts.
  • Turn 2: Aim your first two darts at t20 then your third at t19
  • Turn 3: Aim your first two at t20 then the third at t18
  • Turn 4: Aim your first two at t20 and the third at t17
  • Turn 5: Aim your first two at t20 and third at the Bullseye

Example:

  1. t20,s20,t20 = 140
  2. s20,t20,s19 = 99
  3. t20,t20,t18 = 174
  4. s20,s20,t3 = 49
  5. t20,t5,Bull = 125
  6. Total = 587

Variations:

You can vary this drill in many ways, you can use 1 dart at the treble 20 and two at the others or insert a treble you use often from scores such as 180 or 191. Most often used are t13 or t14.

N.B: The core skills are in the template above and that’s the one we use most.

Levels:

SwitchBlade can be played by any player and doing it regularly will improve your overall play. Higher level players should really push themselves to get this to be second nature.

Level One – For those starting from a lower bar the first order of business is to hit the target aimed for so the 2 in the 20 segment and then one in the aimed for switch. If you manage this for each segment you will gain a score around 299.

Level Two – You should be aiming to hit one treble 20 or one on the switch. Scoring visits should total around 100 (+/- 10). Thus the total will be 450+

Level Three – You should now be looking to hit two trebles quite often. When you don’t hit two you should still be hitting one. Scoring visits will be regularly 131+ and predominantly 91+. Scoring regularly over 550 will put you on a level with our best players.

Records:

SwitchBlade requires rhythm and calm, a competitive streak also helps! The highest score, hit with marker/witnessed, is 659. On this one, we shall keep the record hitter to ourselves. It was struck during a private prep session for a very big name a few years ago!

Enjoy SwitchBlade and drop us a line to tell us how you’re doing. Comment below or tweet us – @Darts_World


Darts Practice As Education – Hints for Home Educators!

We have known for a while that darts can be a great way for youngsters, and others, to become more confident with numbers. It may now become part of many people’s home education/occupation routine! Darts World contacted a highly experienced educator who has taught all abilities, and used indoor accuracy games in lessons previously,he commented:

Just the normal game alone is a very good maths exercise, if you play a leg of 501 and the child/leaRner simply subtracts the score from 501, and so on…..

Senior Maths Educator
If your able, you could try a adult and child set up! Good for rewarding attention with a family game.

The player can alter the difficulty of the sums to be done and practise his/her accuracy at the same time! If the children are younger then, perhaps. try 201 down and aim for 20s and 10s. The child has to add up your score, or take away the total or both. Vary it according to the ability level of the child.

Follow on or extension questions can be:

  1. Please tell me what single & double combination/s I need to finish this leg?
  2. What numbers under 60 cannot be hit with 1or 2 darts?
  3. What numbers under 180 cannot be hit with 3 darts?

Players can choose to play different games to stretch the skills of learner/s. Half-It, for example, is more about addition (and perhaps dividing by 2!) than subtraction.

N.B – If you do not have a home set up you can use You Tube games, perhaps with non English commentary, (so the answers are not given away) or with the sound muted.

Rewards:

How many have I got left? How many did I score?
Extension questions help learning and provide variety

Set a time limit or number of legs/games that you are going to play. Probably 20 mins-half an hour in the first instance.

After the ‘lesson time’ perhaps treat them to a family game with every one playing. Alternatively, if you are able, some garden time as a reward for concentration.

DW Coach says: “This is great for getting young ones interested in the game” if they enjoy it at this troubled time it will stick with them in later years” and “Its good for the practiser as well, it hard to learn to be interrupted and distracted while throwing, but still focus on the correct target”

DW will aim to publish more educational and mental health information over the weeks ahead please check back in every day or so.

After the tough times are over if your youngsters have picked up an enthusiasm, for our fantastic game, then there are many local darts academies and branches of the JDC ( Junior Darts Corporation. Even some schools have lunch or after school clubs.


N.B. – Please remember to keep younger children a safe distance from the board (bounce outs happen even to the best of us).

Drill Of The Day – The Darting DT’s!

We at Darts World realise that our fellow darters will be trying to enjoy the nice weather during this first weekend of social (we prefer physical) isolation. However, we shall keep asking ‘Coach’ for his drill of the day. If you don’t get chance to try it out, straight away, it can be added to your dart day routine!

The DT’s:

This drill is to get you more fluid when travelling big distances between segments. The percentage rate for hitting or getting a shot at these finishes is much lower than those where two of the trebles are close together. This drill is best done daily, or as often as you practise, but not repeated too many times in a row due. I do not like practising missing too much!

Game Overview:

The most regular finishes with Distant Trebles (DTs) are 167, 161, 157, 151 & 153*. The more your reaction to these numbers is automatic and drilled into your arm, the higher your performance will be. It is especially important to react (or not react!) properly to a missed dart. Getting used to missing and not letting it interrupt your flow, or mind, is vital.

So where do you throw your second dart if your first misses? What if you hit t5 first dart or t7, for example, second? These are the things that need to become automatic. They are almost as important as checking out the finish!

Take one turn (3 darts) at each of them. award yourself points as follows:

  • Checkout in 3 – 20 Points
  • Shot at a double – 10 Points
  • Leave a double (no shot) – 5 points
  • Non Treble finish left – 1 point (e.g. Turn at 161 – t20,s17,s20 & leaving 64)

* 153 is our example of a distant treble (DT) finish that does not involve Bull or Tops if you have another that comes up regularly then use that initially.

Example:

  • 167 – t20,t19,Bull – 20 Points
  • 161 – t20,T17,25 (missed bull) – 10 Points
  • 157 – t20,s19,T18 (leave d12 ) – 5 Points
  • 151 – s20, T20, s19 (leave 52) – 1 Point
  • Total – 36 Points

Between players of similar standard, keeping your focus, even after a stray dart, deflection or bounce out, and completing the set up makes all the difference!

Variations:

As noted above, the fifth shot is variable according to player preference and or stats evidence of your regular ‘leaves ‘ during games.

The other main variation is for those who choose d16, where possible. They should still work on the above five as they can, and do, come up all the time. But they can look at at five that might reflect their regular paths.

Levels:

This is a high level drill and for many player does not lead to high scores. But it should lead to improved ones!

  • Amateur/Pub: 5 Points
  • Team/League: 5-10
  • Superleague: 10-20
  • Higher Level: 25+
  • Pro: 35+

As with all our levels the points is a guide its the improvement and consistency that matters!

Records:

The record for this drill is 56 . Hit by a current elite player about 6 years ago. He checked out 161 and 153, wired Tops on 157, left 28 from 167 and 52 from his effort at 151.

It was an exceptional effort, but came from the fact that he consistently set up finishes or had shots in 4/5 of his turns.

So, there you go, a daily dose of the Darting DT’s that are not too painful or full of bad memories. Enjoy!