DOs and DON'Ts of a dart throw
Throw the dart with your hand and wrist. Pull your hand slightly back as you throw. Use your hand, wrist, and elbow for speed. Keep your shoulder still for support. Place more weight on your front foot as you throw the dart. Keep your body still and straight. Only your arm should be moving when you throw the dart. Your elbow may raise up slightly when you throw the dart.
This is okay, as it may move upward due to the force of your throw. Snap your wrist as you release the dart. Let your wrist snap forward as you release the dart.
Make sure your wrist does not snap downward, as this will cause the dart to fly downward. It can also result in a more accurate and consistent throw. Follow through at the end of the throw.
Once you have released the dart, let your arm continue in a throwing motion so your fingers are pointing towards your target, or down at the floor. Allow your arm to hover in the air for a moment before you drop it down. This will help you maintain good form at the end of your throw. Practice once a day. A big part of being good at darts is consistency. Improve your throw by practicing darts at least once a day for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Aim at different targets on the dartboard.
Challenge yourself to hit the same target in a row. The more you practice, the better your darts game will be. Participate in public games. Strike up a friendly game of darts at your local pub. Invite friends over to play darts at your house. Play against dart players of different skill levels and styles to improve your technique. Join a darts league. To get in the habit of playing darts regularly, look for a darts league in your area.
Ask around at your local bar or form your own league with friends. You can then enter local darts competitions or contests and compete against others as a team. You should have a bit more weight on your front foot, but never lift up your back one. Not Helpful 20 Helpful When I throw my darts they always go left of the target. If you are right handed my first guess is that your elbow and forearm are not plumb. When I find I am not scoring where I'm looking I start at my feet and work my way up with good base and fundamentals.
Not Helpful 11 Helpful What is the best why to aim if you are right handed but left eye dominant? The claim that you should only aim with your dominant eye is totally false. You have to keep both eyes open. There is not a single professional player that player with an eye closed. It's not how it's learned. The arm you choose to throw with, is up to you. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 0. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other.
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Thank you guys for your help. CT Carol Thom Jul 12, Thanks, now practice, practice, practice. JR Juan Romero Jun 6, It can theoretically draw every possible curve within its range when the levers are moved properly, and although the human arm is slightly less movable the parabolic curve is still an easy exercise.
The above image already shows the 'aiming' position when throwing darts. In the following animation you can watch how the 'levers' and 'hinges' work in a decent darts throw, keeping the dart exactly along the curve. Diagrammatic animation of a neat darting technique using the 3-lever system Credits to Tom Neijman from Sitepeople for making this fine animation of throwing mechanics! First watch each element on its own, then continue to see the whole arrangement, and how each part of it interacts with the others to keep the dart on course.
On joints and levers The shoulder: This is the only point in the whole process that doesn't change its postion. So you must not move that's a DON'T, yes! The only throwing action comes from your arm. It stays in position when moving the dart backward, and on some point in the acceleration phase starts to go up. This is a very intersting thing, because you may have heard the advice that the elbow should also stay fixed during the throw.
This is actually wrong. Again, watch the animation: A fixed elbow would force you to release the dart earlier. This is like the difference in accuracy between a pistol and a rifle. The rifle's longer barrel increases accuracy. The same does the longer guidance of the dart, and as we have to keep the dart on course, too, the elbow must be raised in the later phase of throwing.
Also note that the hand still follows the way of the dart after we released it. This makes the release easier, because we don't have to find an absolutely exact release point any more. It doesn't matter much if we drag it out a bit, the dart will still stay in a nice flying position anyway.
Wrist action is an often discussed subject. In the animation there is not much of it, so you see it is not absolutely necessary. But most pro players use wrist snap because of one reason: It helps in acceleration. Doesn't the way the 3 'levers' move remind you of a whip? If you do wrist snap the tip of our 'whip' which is, actually, uhm, the dart will go faster, and therefore you will be able to move the other parts of the lever system slower, thus put less force in your throw, and this will improve accuracy.
But there is one danger in wrist snap: It's one more thing that must be controlled, and so one more source for errors. While most experts and pros use it, I wouldn't recommend it to beginners that don't have the natural gift to control it. The phases of the throw: Put your eyes, the dart and the target you want to hit in one line.
Use aiming points on the target if you like, or aim in a different way, but: Most darters do aiming naturally, but surpisingly some beginners don't do from the start. It's a must DO, so do it. Do this, but don't do it too fast. Many beginners fear the necessary loss of aiming during the backward move, but controlling this is only a matter of practice. There are only few successful players out who omit the backward movement, so it's another DO for 99 percent of us.
How far you move back is a personal thing, but it's good to move back quite a bit. If you find it comfortable, you can and should move back as far as possible. You can avoid slamming into your eyes or nose by pulling back under your chin or beside your cheek the one in your FACE, of course! A typical error here is not to pull back enough because control of this is difficult, but you will thus sacrifice a lot of acceleration space and accuracy.
Better practice more than going the easy way! Not that crucial as you might think. Do it naturally, and don't do it too fast or with too much force.