Hawaii 501 Offers Lock-Down Coaching Tips.

Former Premier League darts star Wayne Mardale, now a TV pundit, has often contributed to the discussion around how to help players improve.

Below he offers his latest set of video tips. This time they are centred around helping those with ‘snatcher’ or ‘loopy’ actions.

The video contains useful tips and illustrations. Give it a watch and then see, under the vid, how our resident ‘Coach’ evaluates Hawaii 501’s advice.

Coach’s comments:

Wayne start by looking at the ‘snatchers’ his description is pretty good! The comments, regarding how hard work it can be are true for many.

Even Pro darters are often looking to improve how easily they can perform, rather than their actual skills.

Wayne’s suggested fix is a rhythm and practising it. While this is OK it’s not really a fix. Many snatchy players are full of nervous energy and make rapid recalibrations for almost every dart. As well as rhythm a routine for each throw can help here.

Wayne’s next target is the looped throw. He again wants us to be more direct. Bullet from a gun rather than the more lobbed arc. His suggested remedy is to focus on the follow-through to ensure the aim is fixed and the release is in line. The ‘visual confirmation’ phrase is helpful.

Lastly, Mardle looks at the abbreviated thrower. He is very catagoric in his condemnation of this and insists on, an almost over, exaggerated follow through. Again his advice is good generic information and well worth giving ago.

Downsides:

Much of Wayne’s advice, and demonstration, is clear, simple and well presented. If you are a newer player, or mid level and have a specific issue, it is recommended.

For higher level players Wayne’s advice is too general and too catagoric. He himself acknowledges that abbreviated throwers and loopy ones, Beaton and Barney, have risen to the very top.

I have long suspected that height and reach have a large effect. Wayne’s example, of the full follow through, Phil Taylor was very short whereas both Beaton and RVB are big guys.

This may also be why Ted Hankey needs to throw from such a long way to one side. Taller players, with longer wingspans, may either shorten their extention or lengthen the arc distance.

Twice World Champ Ted Hankey has a very long throw and stands wide of the Oche

So give Wayne’s vids a try, especially if you are getting started or trying to develop, but remember that, despite Wayne’s effort at homogenization, players of all types, and with varied throws, have risen to the very top.

It’s one of the truly special things about darts and would be a bad loss.

Coach


Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen

Nine Dart Nuggets: Who’s Missing? Who Stands Out and Who Dominates?

Since the start of the 2020 season there has been much comment on the regularity of 9-Dart Legs. These perfect moments are one of darts unique features and, as such, they are the source of much discussion. While looking into them we came across a few nuggets of 9-dart news that were too good not to share:

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Lewis & Barney – Twenty Perfect legs between them. Pic: L Lustig

Nine: How many times Nine?

Competitive and authenticated 9-dart legs have been struck by 131 different players between today in 1976 and 2020. Only thirty-six players have done it more than once. fifteen three-plus times and The Power, MVG and Jackpot are alone in the ‘double figures club’.

Eight: Oatcakes are the Key.

Stoke-on-Trent is the ‘official’ home of the nine dart hitter! Potteries natives, and adopted sons, have collected over forty perfect legs between them. Phil Taylor (21) Adrian Lewis (11) Ian White (5) and Andy Hamilton (3) lead the line for ‘The Potters’.

Seven: Nowt for the Count.

A glaring ommission?

Missing from the list are a number of legends both past and present. Ted Hankey, for example, has not recorded a ‘niner’. Less surprising are those who rose to fame before John Lowe’s breaking of the bogey. Martin Adams does not seem to have claimed a perfect moment despite multiple world and major titles.

Six: One Shot John?

Old Stoneface may have fired the starting gun, hitting the his TV nine darter in 1984, but did not register another. Despite playing at the highest level for another twenty years, after picking up £100,000 for being the first, John Lowe only features once. Perhaps the drop in prize money was too big!

Duzza holds a special place in the 9-Dart annals. Pic: Christopher Dean

Five: On a Pair.

Glen Durrant has a unique claim. He and Claire Stainsby hit the 9-Dart doubles leg during the British international Open in 2013. Glen also appears, solo, in our list. Thus Duzza, is the only person to have officially recorded perfect legs as part of a pair and whilst standing alone!

Four: The Iceman Not Yet Cometh.

Gerwyn Price is the highest ranked player not to have made his mark on the 9-Dart bedpost. The Welshman famously hit a ‘unofficial 9-darter’ between sessions during a televised match in 2019 but he has yet to hit one in the heat of battle.

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Perfect Darts? Unicorn seem to dominate the 9-Dart stats.

Three: Chasing Unicorns.

Unicorn darts can easily claim the greatest success rate, and barrel style, even a casual look at the table reveals that the first TV 9-darter, the first live UK 9 darter, the first Ally Pally and many more were completed by Unicorn men. Taylor, Barney, Jackpot, Wade, Anderson and White have hit many with their Unicorn barrels. A rough count gives them over 50 of darts great moments.

Two: Original & Unique.

Kyle Anderson stands out from other players toward the top of the list. The Australian has hit 6 ‘niners’, in his relatively short career, placing him seventh overall . He is yet to win a major trophy or even reach the final. He has claimed only a single Pro Tour level win and has not troubled the elite rankings in terms of the top ten, or even top sixteen,and is currently ranked outside the top forty. It should be remembered that he is only 32 years old, and may well have more to come.

Even with new arrows MVG hits a perfect note

One: Mighty Impressive!

MVG appears set to blow a hole in most of these stats. He is still only thirty, and at the peak of his powers, but has already hit the youngest TV ‘niner’ and the first World Championship one with a varied the route (he went T19 on his 6th dart). Micheal heads most lists, for total 9-darters hit, and has already added a couple more in recent times. The fact he has hit one, or more, with his new weapons should bode well for those wishing to see records broken and new ground struck.


9 Dart Stats, all events from 1976-2020, courtesy of: http://dartsdatabase.com

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.

The Count Returns? Hankey Looking to Rise Again.

Ted Hankey boldly claims he’s back on the comeback trail and playing as devastatingly well as ever, since overcoming sight issues.

Credit: Winmau

The two-time World Champion claimed his first title in spectacular style blowing away Ronnie Baxter in an unprecedented 46 minutes, but Ted knows that so much potential has been left unfulfilled by one of the World’s most famous and charismatic entertainers.

Ted’s foray into the PDC ended swiftly with little success by his own standards and global reputation, and it is regaining World success that still drives the ever-positive Ted Hankey to this day.

Ted has suffered for the last 10 years with diabetes and eye-pressure issues, and then last year lost his biggest fan and the rock in his darting life, when his father died.

However, Ted has fought on and since got a handle on his condition, also turning his biggest loss to date into a new found motivation in making up for lost time, in honour of his father.

Looking as well as he has in over 10 years and playing more than he ever, even when in his pomp, Ted the pantomime villain, who it could be argued invented the electric entertainment of darts on stage long before today’s gladiators took the limelight, has set his sights on returning to the very highest levels of the game and still believes he has the game to compete with anyone in the World.

Ted’s focus is to get razor-sharp in the competitive arena again so that he can open up any playing avenue that he desires.

Ted said “I’ve been back on the BDO circuit for around 6 years and whilst I’ve tried my best, I’ve not been in the best mind-set to show everyone how good I can be. Whilst my health and family issues have played a part, the buck stops with me in getting back on top of the World as I still know I’m one of the very best there is.”

With “The Count” practicing for a few hours a day it’s not hard to see in his mesmeric throw just how much potential Ted still has in performing at the highest echelons of the game, and the one thing that nobody will ever take away from the double World champion is his downright self-belief that while he can still raise a dart, there is no better player on the planet when in full flow.

Original Article Appears @ winmau.com