Just started playing and am predictably bad. However last night I had a "breakthrough" and I wanted folks opinion on whether to run with this or keep trying what I was doing, I'm terrified of developing a "bad habit" that will hinder my getting better.
I'm cross eye dominant so bringing the dart up to my right eye doesn't work well and I can't get comfortable bringing it up to my left. What I was doing last night was holding the dart pretty much at my nose and pulling back to my chin, while looking with both eyes at the target. I found the motion repeatable and I was way more accurate but I'm concerned about a couple of things. For one my darts had a tendency to lean to the right. And two to get to this position i think my shoulders are open slightly to the right, which is likely the cause of the lean. When I square the shoulder, i have a hell of a time aiming because my "sights" are essentially to the left of where I want to throw, and I either hit a ton of 1s or pull across and hit the 5.
Does anyone have any advice for me? It would seem my options are: 1) stick with the squared shoulders and perpendicular feet to the board and aim left of my target, 2) open up my shoulders and almost fire out of my chin/chest, which is what I'm doing last night. Anyone have a 3? I'm concerned about 1 in that I feel moving around the board will be really hard because I'm always going to be searching for a point to focus on, and I'm worried 2 will just lead to a lot of sloppy mechanics. Thanks!
Hello, trying to gather as much advice as I can, specifically on how to be more consistent with my motion so as to assure more 20s. I played a lot of soft-tip darts in college and recently (about 6 months ago) bought a steel tip board and it reinvigorated my love for darts. I use ScoreDarts app on my phone and play 501 for the most part and my three-dart average over a best of 7/9 leg match against the DartBot hovers just under 40.
The issue I have is hitting 20s consistently. I tend to hit 1s and a lot of Treble 1s and Treble 18s (typically towards the top left corner of the Treb18) with the odd Treble 5 or near Treble 5 thrown in, so from a height standpoint, I know that I am pretty close to being where I need to be in terms of being at the "center" of the 20s, but I just can't hit the 20s consistently to move my average up to the 50/60 range.
I've tried moving my hold to the front, middle, rear, but I am most consistent when I am somewhere between the middle-rear of the barrel. My throwing motion is probably closest to Michael Smith, but it's somewhat of a hybrid between Smith and MVG because whereas Smith puts more of his toe on the oche, I line up most of the side of my foot like MVG.
The other day I made a post on a Facebook darts group about having a game of darts, and playing through Facebook messenger, weather it just be text based, send pics or use the video calling feature. Well it seemed a fairly popular idea, and although people suggested apps and sites where it's possible to play others around the world, people did seem interested in playing over Facebook messenger.
This led to me setting up a Facebook group so that people can arrange and play games of darts through Facebook.
I get it's not everyone's cup of tea, and there are obviously going to be flaws, but if anyone is interested, here's the link to the group. Thanks.