Do you not know how to throw darts properly? Know how but want to be able to throw darts like a professional? We can help you become a wizard at throwing darts and look like a professional in a few simple steps, which will be outlined below for you.
I have always enjoyed playing darts with my friends and family, including my deceased brother, so helping other people enjoy this fun game with their friends and family would make it feel like I was honoring my brother’s memory. Now, I know throwing darts may seem like a challenging task, it is actually rather easy if you just break it down and take it slow.
What You Will Need?
There is a simple and small list of things that you need before you can begin to perfect your dart throwing, and below is the simple list, but alternatives can be used for a few of the items if needed.
🎯 Dart Board.
🎯 Painter’s Tape.
While the painter’s tape would be the best tape because it is colorful and will not harm the surface it is put on, other kinds of tape can be used as long as you can see the mark you make with the tape. Just make sure whatever tape you pick will not hurt your floors if it is left on them for a long period of time before being removed. Also, make sure you are prepared to remove any sticky residue that may be left behind by your tape when you finally remove it.
Measuring Tape. If you do not have a measuring tape to use, you can use a ruler, but it will be a lot harder because you will be measuring up a wall and at an angle. Plus you will be measuring some pretty long distances, such as several feet, which can be hard with a ruler.
Protractor Optional. You may use this to help you get a 90-degree angle, which will be explained in the steps below, but if you do not have one and need help getting the angle, you can use other things to help you get that angle. Even a simple piece of paper can help you get this angle even though it could be hard using a piece of paper because of how flimsy it can be, so I recommend using a hardback book. Anything at all that is firm and has an exact 90-degree angle can be used instead of a protractor.
How to Throw Darts Professionally?
This section is a complete break down on how to correctly stand and move your body in order to get that perfect throw that makes you look like a professional. While these steps can help you, you can always make changes as you need if you notice something does not work just right for you when you are throwing darts, such as the way you stand or the way you hold your arm to throw.
1. Position is Key
The throw line, also known as the oche, is very important to know when learning how to throw darts because crossing it will cost you. You should measure it out and mark it with your painter’s tape, but make sure you measure it in a straight line from where the board is located. Where the throw line is located depends on the tip of the darts that you are using. If you are using a soft-tipped dart, then you want to measure your throw line to 8 feet at an angle from the bullseye of the dartboard, which should be 5 feet and 8 inches off the ground. If the darts are hard-tipped, then you want the throw line to be 7 feet and 9 1/4 inches from the bullseye of the dartboard.
Straight in Line
Being straight in line with the board is very important when it comes to hitting the bull’s eye every time. If you make a long throw line, you might want to make a small x with your tape to mark the spot straight in line with the board, at least until you get the hang of lining yourself up naturally. While making sure you are lined up with the dartboard is very important, it is not all that important to be directly in line with the throw line because you will be changing your stance. This is mainly to help you get aligned with the dartboard so that you do not throw your darts into the wall or anywhere other than the bullseye of the dartboard.
2. Perfect Throwing Stance
- Feet Hip Width
Once you are lined up correctly with the dartboard, make sure you are standing straight at the board. Your feet should be hip-width apart, and your feet need to be a small distance from the throw line, so you have room to move your feet slightly without crossing the line. Having your body aligned exactly will help make sure you throw your darts perfectly without hurting your body by accidentally twisting it too much or the wrong way.
- Sideways Stance
Next, you need to turn so that you are facing the dartboard sideways with your dominant foot forward, which means your dominant hand and foot will be pointed towards the dartboard. The toes of your feet should be facing towards the side of the room, making them in line and pointing the same direction of the throw line.
Make sure you are not twisting your body uncomfortably and do not worry if your non-dominant foot is not completely flat on the floor when you twist to look at the dartboard. You want to be able to make sure your dominant shoulder is exactly in line with the dartboard because it will keep your throwing arm in line to throw the dart.
- Angled Stance
Next, you need to turn to angle yourself to face the dartboard a little more, but your feet will actually be angled so that you are not facing the board straight on but are not completely turned away from it either. The end of your dominant foot should be straight in line with the center of the dartboard, which will help keep you lined up to make the best shot. If you marked earlier the spot correctly lined up, this is where your toes should be sitting.
There is no certain angle that your feet need to be positioned in. Each player has their own exact angle that they need to be standing in, and it may take you a while to find that perfect angle for you. You want to be able to stand comfortably without feeling like you are twisting your body while making sure you are not facing the dartboard straight on either. You need to make sure you are angled to get the right amount of force behind your throw without causing yourself any harm by twisting your body.
- Straight Shoulders and Hips
Make sure your posture is still relaxed yet rather straight. Your shoulders should be lined straight with your hips, which means no curve to your back. You do not want to have any kind of slouch or curve at all to your form. The best way to get a successful dart throw is to make sure your shoulders, legs, and hips remain straight.
While your feet cannot cross the throw line, you can lean your upper half over in order to feel closer to the board, but do not lean too much and make yourself feel off-balance. The lean is completely optional though. Some find it helps them hit the target easier because it gets them that little bit closer to the target, yet others find it hinders their throw because it throws off the straight stance.
3. Gripping and Aiming Dart
- Where to Hold
Having the proper hold on your dart will make sure you get the best throw every time. Making sure your fingers are laid out on the barrel of the dart is key to getting a straight throw. You want to grip the dart at the end without curling your fingers around it. Curling your fingers on the barrel of the dart can make it harder to release the dart because it takes longer to uncurl your fingers.
A good reference for the type of grip that you need on your dart is to think about holding a pencil. You want to have a firm grip so that your pencil does not fall or slide, although you do not want to hold it so tight that it hurts your fingers or makes it hard to let go of it in a timely manner. Holding too tightly to the dart could not only cause the ends of your fingers to hurt since it could also cause the dart to shake slightly, which can throw off your aim and throw.
- Stable Grip
Having a steady grip on the barrel of the dart is very important. The fewer fingers you use the better, but make sure you still have a steady grip without gripping too tightly. Too tight of a grip can lead to you having a shaky hold and the dart curving instead of flying straight. If you are having trouble holding the dart in a stable hold, then you can use your thumb along the bottom of the dart to help keep it from falling down or shaking.
Now, the type of dart that you are using can play into how you need to grip it in order to get a stable grip because some have thicker or thinner barrels. Some darts also have groves in the barrels, which makes it easier to fit your fingers onto the dart by fitting your fingertips into the groves, although the groves can also make it harder to hold onto the dart if your fingers do not properly line up into the grooves.
- Eye Level
This is the step where you may want to look at a protractor, even though it is not required. You want to hold your dart at eye level while having your arm bent up into a 90-degree angle. The angle may not seem all that important, yet it is because it will help you better align your dart to throw. If the angle is off, then your dart will not be at eye level, which makes it harder to imagine a straight line from your dart to the dartboard. While moving your arm into position, make sure you do not move your shoulder and that your elbow is pointing at the dartboard.
- Dart Angle
Having the perfect tilt to the tip of the dart can change the whole direction of where the angle flies. The dart needs to be angled slightly upwards and towards the center of the dartboard, and make sure you do not let the angle change. If the angle changes, it will change where the dart lands. The angle needs to be slight upwards because there will be a little bit of gravity that will affect the throw of the dart. As you practice throwing darts, you might have to change this angle a little depending on the speed you get on your throw.
- Eye the Shot
You want to use your dominant eye to help you aim. It may help to close your eye so that you can visually create an imaginary eye from the tip of the dart all the way to the bullseye of the dartboard. This can help you make sure to throw the dart in a line to make it hit the center of the dartboard. Imagining the dart hitting the target can help you with your throwing, plus it helps build your confidence.
4. Letting the Dart Fly
- Hand and Wrist
You want to throw the dart using your hand and wrist. Whatever you do, do not move your shoulder. Do not be worried if your elbow moves up slightly from the force you put behind the throw. It may sound confusing to hear someone tell you to use your hand and wrist to make the throw, but the important part of this step is that you do not move any part of your arm above your elbow. Moving just the lower part of the arm helps to keep the dart flying in a straighter path because there is less pressure behind the throw that might make it turn downwards.
- Wrist Snap
You should snap your wrist as you release the dart, always make sure you only snap your wrist forward not downwards. Snapping your wrist downwards will cause your dart to fly down instead of straight. Getting the proper snap will help increase the speed of the dart, which helps prevent the dart from falling due to gravity as it flies. Do not be surprised if your weight shifts as you snap your wrist, in fact, it can help with the follow-through of your throw. While your weight shifts, make sure you do not get out of stance and try to keep your knees locked, which will help keep you from getting out of your stance.
- Follow Through
It is very important to follow through with your dart throw in order to get the best throw. Let your arm continue forward even after the dart is released and hold it a moment before letting it fall to your side. Not only will this help with the throw, but it will help you stay in your stance. Another part of the follow-through of the throw is to shift your weight with your throw.
You want to shift your weight to put more force behind the throw, but you also need to make sure you do not lose your stance by actually stepping through the throw. Do not be surprised if your non-dominant foot happens to shift slightly, like your heel coming up a little off the ground during your throw, but make sure your whole foot does not come off or your stance could be thrown off.
5. Practice Makes Perfect
- Once a Day
When it comes down to anything, practice is very important, and throwing darts is no different. If you want to perfect your throw, then you need to practice as often as possible, and once a day would be the best. All you would need to do is take 30 minutes out of your day to practice throwing your darts. It may seem silly to practice once a day, but when you are first learning, it is very important to make sure you get into a routine. Practicing every day can help you build muscle memory and help you remember how to properly throw the dart every time.
- Public Practice
Once you are feeling pretty confident, move your practice to a local bar and play darts with some other people. It may seem silly to move your dart throwing out into the eye of the public when you are still in the practicing phase, but it can be a huge help to you in the long run. Do not be afraid of making yourself look bad because the people you will be playing against were once in the same place as you, and they may even give you a few pointers on how to better your throw. If you do not feel like going to the bar, then invite your friends over and start practicing with other people. Make sure you are playing against people of different skill levels so that you are testing your own skill level. Plus, a challenge can be a good thing to help build your confidence and make you work harder to exact your own throw.
- Dart League
Joining a local dart league is a great way to test your new-found skills with constant practice, plus others could help you correct your aim even more. Playing with others who love playing darts as much as you will not only boost your confidence when it comes to playing, it will help you enjoy your time dart-throwing even more. If there is not a local league, then you can start one of your own after you have made friends with plenty of people who live around you and love to play darts.
Was this tutorial helpful? Did you learn what you needed in order to properly execute a successful dart throw? I hope this tutorial was helpful and that you enjoy throwing darts with your friends and family. I hope that you can make a lot of new memories and show off to the other people who are playing with you. Maybe now that you are a professional at throwing darts, you can even show off by giving tips to the others you are playing with.
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