To become a skillful dart thrower, good throwing skill is a must, also a firm grip on the dart, followed by a smooth, consistent pitch are indispensable.
And most importantly, as with other sports, nothing gain without regular practice.
1. How to begin?
Playing area for darts is determined based on the center of the dartboard.
The distance from the throw line to the board is usually 244cm, which corresponds to 2.4 meters (94 inches). The ideal height from the ground to the dartboard is 173cm (68 inches).
2. Postures to throw:
There are 3 common postures when throwing darts: middle stance, closed stance and open stance.
* Note, you can step a bit on the throw line but not over it.
– Middle stance: Stand diagonally to the dartboard. One foot is placed close to the throw line, one foot is crossed backward. For each or any ambush, you should use the same-sided foot and arm to support. This is the standard and easiest posture for foot adjustment, centering and targeting.
– Closed stance: Stand completely aside from the dart board. The front foot is placed on the throw line, making it easy to get the same angle and posture. Pay attention not to put too much weight on the front foot, this can cause you to lose balance and throw the wrong target.
– Open stance (front position): The legs are as wide as the hip behind the throw line, standing opposite the dart board. This is the easiest standing posture but also is the least used as it makes the distance between player and dartboard closer and hard for them to lean forward.
3. How to hold and throw a dart:
3.1: How to hold a dart
– The most common way to hold a dart is on its upper body, just below the dart head. This part is also known as a “dart barrel”.
– Hold the dart barrel with 3 fingers: forefinger, thumb and middle finger. You can also use the ring finger to hold the end of the dart barrel for a more stable grip.
* Note: Do not hold the dart too tight making your finger muscles tense. Remember Darts is not a force game, it is an entertaining game. Be sure to relax and grip tightly enough so the dart does not slip and you can control it when increasing the throwing speed.
3.2: How to throw darts
When holding a dart, your body should be stretched and comfortable. You should stand straight and do not lean forward too much, turn towards the dart and use both eyes to aim. Your elbow should be fixed in the most comfortable position.
The act of throwing a dart is made up of three movements, the “take back”, “release”, and “follow-through”. Try to maintain your postures so that you can throw in a stable motion.
– Take back: Bring your hand a bit forwards before throwing. Try to move your arm from the elbow to hand performing a folding fan-shaped motion.
Use your wrists, hands, and elbows to throw but keep your shoulder still. You should place your hand as the palm facing up naturally so that you won’t strain your wrist.
– Realse: Throw darts like you’re dropping a paper plane and don’t move your elbow. Try to release all fingers at once. If any finger release is delayed, the dart’s flight will be unstable.
– Follow up: In this motion, you just need to extend your arms and throw darts straight towards the target you aim.
Darts is a stress-free entertainment game that can be played by almost anyone. But to play well, you need to understand the techniques I have shared above and practice more often.
In addition to being entertained, darts also help you practice perseverance and concentration. How convenient it is!
Let’s enjoy the game and have fun.