To some, playing darts is a good way to have a little fun at the bar on a Friday or Saturday night. To others, playing darts is pretty serious business. In either case, knowing how to throw a dart is a pretty handy skill to have. In one scenario, that kind of skill will prevent you from injuring a fellow bar patron. In the other scenario, being a skilled dart player could equal winning thousands of dollars. While you may not have dreams of going pro, it’s still nice to learn how to throw a dart like one.
Grip a Dart Like a Pro
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Before you send that dart flying through the air on its journey you need to have a good grip on the dart. While there are many grips used by dart players, there are a few important rules to always keep in mind.
First, you should use at least three fingers. This is often the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. Some players will use four or five fingers for added stability when throwing. The only downside to adding more fingers to your grip is having to coordinate all fingers at once when releasing to ensure an accurate flight path.
Another important aspect of your grip is the strength used to hold the dart. You want a light but firm grip on the dart. If you have white fingertips or white knuckles when gripping your dart you are probably holding on too tight and it may be difficult to release the dart on target. Conversely, if you find the dart wobbling in your fingers as you go through the throwing motion then you may need to consider strengthening your grip to stabilize the dart.
Finally, any fingers that are not used in your grip should be positioned well away from the dart. This also includes your palm and other areas of the hand. A simple grip is an effective grip. Nothing is more frustrating than releasing a dart perfectly only to have an errant finger knock your shot off target ever-so-slightly.
Grip It and Take Your Shot
Once you have found a comfortable, effective grip you are ready to take your shot. Aiming your shot is, obviously, the most important aspect of shooting. Your motion could be perfect but if you are not aimed correctly then you will not get the results you want. Position yourself sideways with one foot in front of the other. If you throw right handed then you will want to have your right foot forward. Hold the dart at eye level to help you line up and visualize your shot.
Many dart players will lean forward. The further forward you lean, the closer you are to the dart board and the less distance your dart has to travel. Leaning forward too much, however, can cause strain on the back and negatively affect your aim. A small forward lean is best. Leaning back is not advised at all. This creates more distance between you and the dart board while also making your body less stable during the throwing motion.
As you throw it is important to keep your body as still as possible and let your arm do the work. Don’t lift your leg or shift from side to side as this will alter your balance and cause you to miss shots. The same rule applies to your torso. Keep your upper body as still as possible and allow your throwing arm to generate power. Twisting your body to generate power can cause you to lose accuracy and is unnecessary for the distance needed when playing darts.
Develop Your Own Personal Style
While there are some fundamental rules to darts, there is room for your own style. Try different grips and stances to see which works best for you. Experiment with your grip strength and the power you use to throw the dart. Change the amount of lean you put into your stance and see what works best for you.
Learning how to throw a dart is not an exact science. The only way to master the skill is to practice and then practice some more. Once you have settled on your own style then you may want to start playing more competitively. Try joining a local dart league or challenge some friends to a game where the loser pays for nachos. Learning how to throw a dart is one thing but throwing a dart under pressure is an entirely different skill. Good luck out there!
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