“The Working Man’s Game”

Right, first post, so here goes…

My biggest flaw in anything I pursue, is time. How can I get better at something if I don’t have the time to put the hours in? I have such a passion to get better at darts, but I don’t have 7 hours free a day to really knuckle down like the pros (exluding Gary Anderson, that man is a natural player, and im not jealous at all…)

I found it rather amusing that they call darts “the working man’s game when the “working man” works from 9-5, 8-6 (or even more) and has other priorities in their life as well? it’s all about balance… and when you’re like me, i’m not the biggest  pub lover in the world, so practising at home is essential.

I once delved into the depths of the internet to find out if anyone out there also stressed my concerns, and all I could find was your run-of-the-mill “practice, practice and more practice” blogs, but how can we?

I am 21 years of age, who is pursuing not only in my actual job, but darts as well! whether the latter actually pays off is another thing!

I moved out to an awesome top floor flat in October, with my lovely girlfriend, and she can’t be any more supportive of my darts. But after you’ve travelled back from work, cooked and eaten some dinner, washed up and put away, put a wash on etc.  Then you realise its 9 o’clock at night – what can you do? if you play for any lengthy period, you’re in danger of waking up the neighbours downstairs! My board is set up on a stud wall, so my darts sound more like javelins to our neighbours, I’m sure!

January 16th 2017:Day one of my practice and write about it;

I had about 30 minutes practice yesterday, and considering i reckon it takes 20 minutes at least to really get your eye in, i only had 10 minutes of what i call proper darts

in my lunch break, i was researching why i kept pulling a low 20 or 5’s, when my eye was adamant im looking at the treble 20?! well, thanks to an awesome Wayne Mardle video, it because my elbow was dropped, and my should was locked in the wrong position. so immediately, I got to the board and started to work on this!

Do you know how hard it is to un-teach something you are so adamant is right?

the throw I’ve adopted is a mixture between Jelle Klaasen, Bristow esque – pinky out and everything! So this video made me realise i needed to start my drawback way more centrally; with a higher elbow, so my average dart would be a high 20, instead of a low 5!

now, 10 minutes of warmed up darts, and the trebles are flying in! KP (My Partner) has one of her friends around, and the trebles are going in that well, they’ve even stopped their conversation to sit and watch, to see if I can hit the magic 180! albeit to their knowledge, whilst they were making a cup of tea in the kitchen, I BLOODY HIT ONE!

but ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, the reason for me waffling on isn’t to bore you (it may have worked though) more to get you to really think about the whole package of throwing a dart:

  • walking up the oche
  • your balanced weight
  • the grip of the dart
  • where to keep our left hand
  • where to stand on the oche
  • leading with your line of sight (right eye for right-handed players)
  • keeping the elbow nice and straight
  • letting only your forearm and our wrist do they work (whey hey 😉 )

there are so many things to take into account, and most of the time, we do these things without batting an eyelid, although i found last night, if i really thought about what i was doing, and felt every little thing that was going on, i could replicate my throw very easily, and i finally have a solid stance, throw and grip that i can work on!

Anyways, to the point as always! the reason for starting my blogging darts adventure is , I’m going prove to all of you hard workers & hard players out there, that you can get good at something, even if you don’t have all the hours in the world to do so.

 

Quality, Not Quantity

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