What’s Your Darts DDV? Compare Yourself To The Best.

The guys at Winmau have teamed up with Mathematician Harm Nieuwstadt to launch a new way to test your self against the best. The Darts World ‘Coach’ thinks its a very accessible way to get an idea of where your game is and how you compare to the world’s elite:

We are always searching for methods to help darters all over the world, so when we were approached by the World’s finest Darts, Mathematician Harm Nieuwstadt, we jumped at the chance to work with him on this fantastic project.

Your dart accuracy can be represented by a single number anywhere between 0 and 3.

This number is called the Darts Deviation Value (DDV).

Simply the lower your DDV number, the more accurate and precise you are in throwing your darts.

The World’s top 16 Elite Dart Pro’s have the lowest DDV of all dart players ranging between 0.6 – 0.8 depending on current form.

You can find your own DDV by carrying out the following simple test:

Measuring your DDV: The Nieuwstadt-Test

Throw 200 darts at a treble of your choice and count the number of successful hits – this can be done over multiple practice sessions.

Divide the number of successful hits by 200 I.e. 35 / 200 = 0.175

Multiply the number (0.175) by 100 to get the percentage of darts that successfully hit the treble: 0.175 x 100 = 17.5%

Bounce outs count as a throw so do not re-take them.

When you have your percentage draw a line across the graph below to find your DDV.

Note that you should be able to get a percentage of 5.5% or higher to be able to use the graph, otherwise head to the Winmau Practice Zone.

I.e. 17.5% would give a DDV of 1.6

Of course your accuracy depends on the occasion, so if possible, do this test a couple of times on different occasions until you feel that the tests represent your average accuracy.

Then take the average of the DDV you got from the tests to get your average DDV.

Now you’ve got your DDV where do you stand against the top 16 in the World?

Let us know how the test went for you.

(Test Compliments of H.A. Nieuwstadt, Analysis of the dartgame, Mathematics Today, Vol 43, No. 4.)

Original article here

Coach says:

This is a very interesting metric and well worth checking out, especially while you have a bit more time on your hands.

It is always subjective when your comparing players in this sort of way and it will be fun to test this out and perhaps tweak it a little to help players bridge the gap!

Darts World Coach

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