Parent page: Basic Darts
There are many that are familiar with the game of darts at least from a spectator’s standpoint. Those who have not as yet had the pleasure of throwing the darts often don’t realise just how much skill is required for the game.
Some seem to have the skills for dart playing more naturally than others, but they still need to be perfected. It includes learning how to grip the dart, then release it as well as taking on the perfect stance.
Before even thinking about the stance, comfortable shoes are going to be required. Then standing with feet apart, the throw line is the beginning of the stance. This line is called an oche. It cannot be stepped over during the throw, or the player will be disqualified.
It gets a bit more technical. The player has to face the dartboard sideways making sure their dominant foot forward. Facing the dartboard face on weakens the player’s stability.
The dominant foot can be turned slightly towards the dartboard, while the other foot remains turned to the side.
Hips and shoulders should be aligned and kept straight.
Grip of the Dart
There is also a technique for gripping the dart. The barrel of the dart is held with three fingers.
Fingers should not be curled. They should be spaced and open.
The grip should be stable but not to firm. The hand should be kept relaxed.
Release of the Dart
The hand holding the dart should be brought up to eye level then with a smooth action with some limited force behind it the dart should be thrown as the arm from the elbow thrusts forward.
All of these techniques take some practice, and each player will eventually develop their own style. Watching good dart players play the game is an excellent way of adapting to the techniques.