Darts Coach Launches Cue Sports Network.

Steve Feeney has teamed up with snooker legend Terry Griffiths, and some of the sport’s most famous names, to launch a new cue sports coaching network. Especially interesting is that parts have been especially tailored to the current locked down times.

There are many crossovers between sports such as snooker, pool and darts. Fans there are regularly enjoy more than one, players often tend to have at least dabbled in another one and the businesses also share many common elements.

Steve is one of the few who works in both at the same time. His coaching, programs and insights have been used to benefit player such as Merv King within darts and even Ronnie O Sullivan in snooker.

Steve has teamed up with snooker legend Terry Griffiths, and some of the sports most famous names, to launch a new cue sports coaching network. Especially interesting is that parts have been especially tailored to the current locked down times.

We ‘Indoor Accuracy’ sports should stick together, so we wish Steve, and all involved, the very best:

Player Members Club Launch
Today marks a huge turning point in our sport.  Every day, passionate Cue Sports players can finally access coaching previously reserved for only the very best in the World, at a price that would not even cover half a personal lesson. We look forward to helping our Members on their journey to becoming better players – starting today.

SightRight’s Cue Sports Coaching principles have delivered multiple World Snooker Champions and major event winners! Now everyone can benefit from our SightRight 10 Steps Coaching programme to accelerate their game to a level never thought possible.

The SightRight Theory Course we are launching today is a new and exciting format for all Cue Sports Coaching, presented by SightRight Inventor & Internationally acclaimed “Best Technical Cue Sports Coach In The World” – Stephen Feeney.

The SightRight Theory Course is specifically tailored for ‘home learning’ during the COVID-19 Lockdown. Our course has been constructed in such a way to develop & educate Cue Sports players at home, creating the foundations for their future game at a time when table access is limited. This education and learning experience will enhance every players capability for when they can return to the table.

Stephen is joined by three of the best players in the game – Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams & Shaun Murphy – and our elite team of specialist Cue Sports Coaches, including Terry Griffiths (1979 World Champion), Alex Lely (Mosconi Cup European Team Captain), Lee Walker & Wayne Griffiths.
Our specialist team of ‘Professionals’ have all experienced SightRight at the top level, each of them with their own story to tell about their successes with SightRight.

When Clubs re-open, our online SightRight Practical Coaching Sessions will become available to everyone in our Player Members Club at no extra cost. 
 
We all operate under the same passion of helping players to improve.
All subscribers to our Player Members Club can engage with our whole team, with exclusive content reserved only for our Player Members.

On behalf of us all at the SightRight Global Cue Sports Network, we would like to wish everyone the very best in these trying times and we very much look forward to seeing you on your journey to improving your game.

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Winmau Stars Offer Top Tips For Staying Sharp!

Stay Sharp at Home – Top Tips from The Worlds Very Best:

23 March, 2020
Endurance at the top of darts is often talked about as a physical phenomenon; the ability to resist the effects of fatigue for a prolonged period of pressure. The arm dropping lower. The increase in heart rate. All things that dart players practice to prevent. But what about mental endurance? Is that even a thing? And can we practice it?

Who better to ask than the World No.1 Michael Van Gerwen, World No.7 Daryl Gurney, The World’s Top Technical coach Steve Feeney and GoDartsPro practice expert Anders Östman. They all know a thing or two about major event endurance. And there’s no doubt in any of their minds that the mental aspect of the game can make all the difference between winning and losing.

Michael said “My practice sessions need to be with a calm mind where possible, but having a tired mind isn’t a reason to skip practice, as the chances are you will have to play many games feeling tired”.

Daryl added “For me one obvious way is practicing longer and harder when I don’t really want too. Especially if you’re training for a TV Major as you need to be able to learn to relax and recover at different times in the event and these longer sessions can help that”.

What both agreed was that the mental fortitude to believe you can overcome anything is immensely important, no matter what setbacks are thrown your way, as you can guarantee in darts they will keep coming.

Your 6 Key Takeaways for Mental Strength

The Winning Mindset

  1. Practice hard, play easy

Steve Feeney’s mantra for all his players is to practice for the mental challenges you will face on game day. If that’s a short format league singles or 701 doubles, prepare your mind for the game ahead.

Steve said “Make sure you play at your pace to find comfort when the discomfort of pressure comes on. And practice long to get used to the endurance that you’ll need to reach your peak”.

  1. Get on the board all the time

Basically, if you can’t practice like it, you can’t play well like it says Michael. So whether your tired, or a bit ill or just feeling stiff, hit the board in all conditions. That way, when how you feel changes, you know you can endure whatever is thrown at you on with an MvG style calm mind

  1. Find your reason

Anders’ research has found that darts gets really under our skin and we all have totally different reasons for playing.

He said “No matter if it’s to qualify for an event, win an event, hit a winning double, to show ourselves what we can achieve, to be part of a team, that’s all powerful ammo in the fight for mental strength. Use it. Feel what you love most and let it push you forward”.

  1. Know when to relax

Michael is probably the best in the world at knowing when to relax and what it means a key mental strength. MvG said “Taking the whole day off before any big game is the best advice and be cool with it as at this point you can’t get any better and will only drain your mental strength and adrenaline from the next day”.

  1. Keep things simple

While the mind is anything but simple, Daryl’s tip about keeping things simple is a valid one. Simplicity is recommended for calming the mind for maximum performance and it should be as simple as thinking about where the next dart should go and nothing else.

Not winning, not losing, just visualising where to put the next dart.

  1. Focus on the positives and try to smile

If practice is going badly, or your losing a game don’t worry you will be back with renewed motivation as a result. Refer back to Michael’s tip and remind yourself of the great players before you that have all suffered setbacks and defeats and what they went on to do afterwards.

Have fun. Keep working hard. And remember to relax.

Original Article :http://winmau. com

SnakeBite’s Secret: New Darts Tweak Made The Difference.

Peter Wright’s World Championship Edition Secret:

Peter Wright takes manythings into account when selecting darts for match or an event.

Peter Wright revealed that there was great detail to the seeming madness of changing his darts so close to the World Championships, so we wanted to share Snakebite’s great insight, and his thinking behind the dual coated visual effect of his latest set of darts that ultimately helped deliver the 2020 PDC World Championship Title, and an immortal place in global darting history.

Peter spoke about why the darts were designed with such unique aesthetics and Snakebite explained that there was a technical reason to back-up his demands of hitting so many 180s and 140s.

Peter said “It’s to do with the angle that I get when I throw my darts into the board, especially into the treble 20. When I’m looking at it and the black front section is pinned in the treble 20, it gives sort of an optical illusion where it blends into the black of the board and the treble looks even more open and inviting.”

Although this may be a slight nuance in Peter’s game, we put this to the test at our practice centre and asked the World’s top technical darts coach if he could actually see the benefit that this effect gave.

Steve Feeney said “Everybody’s eyes work together to see one picture but in very unique ways, and having seen Peter up close and personal in practice there is no doubt in my mind that this does give him a visual advantage, that more importantly translates into a mental advantage as he’s clearly proved”.

DW CoachThis is nicely worded by Steve. We have tested this idea and it’s not as clear cut as Peter says indeed the exact opposite can be argued, that a contrasting colour is better for directing the eye where not to put the dart!

Wrighty has himself demonstrated this in his scoring game, smashing his way to the top 180 and 140 charts throughout the PDC World Championships.

WILLIAM HILL PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG FINAL MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V PETER WRIGHT PETER WRIGHT WINS

Peter said “Without a doubt it was my scoring game that powered me to that World title, I was only a few 180’s off the record number hit at a World Championships and I’m gutted I didn’t get it, but I couldn’t let Michael have another set in the final!”

Peter’s latest darts have been designed for heavy scoring and proven for him on the World’s biggest stage of all – we hope that your power scoring can benefit from this extra visual clarity that Peter’s stunning World Championship edition darts offer.


Original article appears at http://www.reddragondarts.com

Additional Comment from the The Coach!

All Change For MVG – A Coaching Assessment of Changing Your Darts.

Top Technical Coach Talks Changing Darts

World no.1 Michael van Gerwen takes on home town contender Willie O’Connor in the Premier League this week, in what is sure to be an electric encounter in Dublin.

It’s no secret Michael has been changing to new darts, so ahead of this week’s game we analysed with the World’s top technical coach to see what we can expect in MvG’s journey to finding his new dart and what the short-term and long-term effects can be.

MvG changed darts manufacturer to Winmau on 2nd January 2020 in what was a massive launch for the company and also a huge re-brand for Michael, who’s own design concepts and work has lead to the inception of the MvG Design range.

In conjunction with Winmau, Michael has been working extremely hard to find his new dart and seems to have settled on a set that is based around his Authentic range. The reason Michael has looked to change his darts is that he knows he has an extra gear he can find in his game and wants to produce that week-in, week-out.

So we asked Steve Feeney, SightRight technical coach, what his views were on the progress to date and Steve said “When you are looking at someone as naturally talented and gifted as Michael van Gerwen, you’d expect them to simply to throw any dart with relative success and in some ways that is the case”

“But when you throw into the mix the pressure that Michael is under now he’s with a new manufacturer and the pressure that he is under to maintain his amazing major record, it’s very easy to see why changing darts can be a difficult task”

Steve also went on to say “However, looking at his performances from the start of the year, we can see that the changes he has made have already began to look and feel more natural in his throw and you can see the performances improving week-on-week as his confidence grows”

Michael’s stance and alignment in his throw is very unique to his game which allows him to be anchored in a way around the oche that not many other players get near to achieving. Any person will find that if they try to get into the stance that Michael adopts, it’s physically difficult to replicate and adapt to.

Michaels grip is also unique to the Dutchman, with his thumb positioned very far to the rear of the barrel and pointing directly in the rear. This propulsion from the rear and consistent grip is what allows Michael to keep his free-flowing and fast rhythm in his game.

Ahead of his match with Willie O’Connor, Michael said “I’ve now used 4 or 5 different sets seriously in practice and tournaments to see what darts I’ll be using in the future. It’s very important to understand the feel and confidence in my darts in those pressure situations during competitive tournaments”

“The darts I’m using now, which are based on my Authentic ring-grip are performing the best for me under pressure and I’m feeling more confident with them, but I know there’s still a lot more work to do and a lot more to come from me on the oche”

Steve Feeney believes it’ll be a quick and smooth transition for the World no.1, saying “Looking at his performances, body language and how happy he is on the oche at the start of this year, you can expect these changes to be very quick in becoming effective and see Michael performing back at the very, very top of his game again soon.

“When we look at the peaks of Michael’s performances you can see them consistently moving up, something that was evident this weekend where he hit a phenomenal 23rd 9-dart finish of his PDC career.”

Michael’s darts have been a massive talking point in the game all around the World, as it’s exciting for everyone to see how difficult it is to change their darts and what it entails. We’re excited to be part of this journey of Michael’s as he looks to pick up even more major titles.


Original article appears at http://winmau.com

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.

Throw with the Flow or Important to Shorten?

Winmau.com recently published this detailed look at two of their top players’ style. It is an interesting piece and prompted a DW discussion over players throw styles that we admire. More on that later. In the meantime here some of the original articles together with a few of our DW Coach’s comments. You can read the original piece here https://bit.ly/2LtbqNQ

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With Daryl Gurney continuing his journey with Winmau for another five years, we thought we’d take a look at his ultra-modern throw against the smoothest in the World from Steve Beaton, who recently threw a scintillating 9-dart finish on the European Tour.

Set-up analysis

Daryl has a superb approach to the dartboard, making sure he can see exactly what he’s aiming at long before he takes his stance at the oche, this sets him up target ready – immediately. His eyes are focused on the exact point he’s aiming at, where he wastes no time in raising the dart to its load position.

Daryl’s dart pre-throw position is “high” and natural, but he uses a very slight shoulder load just before he gets ready to throw, that is his trigger movement to start.

DW Coach:This is very true, the interesting thing will be to see how this throw changes over time or whether Daryl will be able to retain it. Often, with time, wear and tear and baggage, small changes appear within any throw. These can be exaggerated and mentally difficult, with short concentrated throws“.

Steve floats his way into the oche, where he takes a relatively central position, with a very relaxed and comfortable looking stance, where he already knows to throw and simply lets his arms flow with very little conscious effort. Steve’s longer backswing and soft grip help him maintain his silky, to-die-for rhythm.

DW Coach: It is almost impossible to overstate the quality of Steve’s throw, it has been thirty-five years in the making with any changes being slow, incremental and natural. I suspect that the update of his darts also helped significantly.

Points of Interest

With one of the games shortest backswings, Daryl has set himself up with one of the most compact modern throws in world darts, where he’s only using forward momentum in his throw.

This technical aspect sets Daryl apart as very unique and is a very modern way of playing the game. As soon as his dart is released he has moved to take the next dart and is ready to go, almost before the previous dart has the landed in the board, allowing him to get into a superb high scoring flow. This “Flow” is vital to understand, for you to get into autopilot on your throw and how you naturally achieve higher peaks in your game.

Daryl’s release and throw are not as hard as you’d expect with such a short throw. He uses a smooth acceleration that allows him to fight the darts on a smooth curve. Paying attention to this “flight” can help players improve, as the more direct the line to the board the harder you need to throw.

DW Coach:Daryl’s throw that reminds me of cricketer Graham Gooch. In the middle of his career, Graham remodelled his approach and virtually eliminated his backswing. This reduced the possibility of straying offline and reduced the margin for error. Players such as Colin Osborne also had short throwing styles, Daryl’s lesser use of force may also reduce the susceptibility to tension errors and thus be a genuine innovation”.

Whilst Steve’s throw is languid by comparison, it is by no means a slow throw as Steve reels off the darts in pretty rapid succession.

What we can learn from these throws is that both world class players have clearly identified and made their throw unique to them and their physical characteristics.

Summary

Both players have many superb principles in common that you can apply to your game. These are Superb setup, posture and alignment that allows either player to find their natural rhythm under the most intense pressure.

Stephen Feeney – SightRIght global coach specialist said: “I’m looking at both throws from a pure accuracy point of view, both players are giving themselves almost the perfect look at the target they wish to hit, making them two of the most exciting throws to watch and learn from in the accuracy area”.

DW Coach: “Comparing players is always difficult, and a little controversial. I strongly suspect that players throws are a combination of their personality, physical characteristics and what they watch in their formative years. These two are remarkable examples of wholly different styles that can be hugely effective.

As I always say “it’s more a set of guidelines than a code”, it will be interesting to see whether Daryl’s ‘modern throw’ can withstand three decades of rigorous use and still be as effective as Steve’s”

The body of this piece first published at winmau.com

Pic credit: Winmau / Chris Sargeant / Tip Top Pics