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Tuesday 24th January – The DadVsLad Derby

Now then. all of us out there want to absolutely smash their requisite parents at something, there is something awesome about a father-son competition that just gets the adrenaline flowing!

My old man is a top lad, and also a very steady dart player! He is one of those annoying players who can hit steady 60’s and the odd “accidental cover shot” on the T18’s

he came over on Tuesday night for 2 reasons, #1 for a game of arrows with his lad (me) and #2 is absolutely comical…

on my birthday weekend at the start of january, i really wanted to put up my new Winmau Blade 5 board between the 2 Juliette Doors we have. With a surround, it would’ve fitted perfectly, so all was well and good!

marked it up exactly central, first hole went in, fine, (i was holding a damp cloth to try to catch the rubble and dust!)and when he drilled hole 2, it needed a bit more man power, so put his whole body weight on it, and guess what? water was not only dripping down the damp cloth, it was bursting out of the new whole we’d just created – the Mrs’ face was priceless! Dad said “stop squeezing the cloth, you’ll get wet everywhere” and i replied “Dad, it’s not the cloth that’s leaking!” LOL it was hilarious!

so anyways, he fixed that and has been round since to check his work, so off we went onto the darts match

with Dad, we tend to either play 301 set play (best of 5 for the set) and best of 3 in sets; or we play the premier league format (which starts soon woo hoo) I basically call it first to 7, or a 6 – draw!

i started off lovely darts, nothing major with regards to finishes or scores, and i suddenly found myself 5-1 up! But it swiftly turned around from there… My form dropped terribly, i hit a massive slump in which i literally was trying too hard! i couldn’t release my darts properly, i wanted to give up, and my 5-1 lead ended up in a 7-5 defeat – i was not a happy bunny to say the least! I’d coasted my way to 5 legs, but couldn’t cross the finish line!

ive been practising recently, and had some help from a good mate of mine, and come up with a few reasons as to why I lost that game, why this slump came around, and what i can do to avoid it:

  1. stop trying so hard! I was almost chucking the darts at the T20, and was just hoping one went in?
  2. calm down and focus – you know you can do it, so do it again!
  3. keep your whole body balanced and still, even your head! I noticed i moved about on the oche way too much to throw steady darts
  4. be confident, if you’ve already said in your head when you step up to the oche on a 116 finish “i cant finish this” then you wont – believe in yourself, and good things will come your way!
  5. glass of water – an odd one, I’ll give you that, but this is as important to me as bringing my actual darts! I need this glass of water – it helps me in so many ways                     it keeps you hydrated; takes your mind off your bad darts when you hit a slump; keeps your fingers moist so you can grip a dart – the list goes on

 

anyways, i was writing this post to basically tell yo guy to #JustKeepChucking – believe in yourself and be confident!!!

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“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