Constantly hitting 5’s
Hello everyone,

For the past 3 or 4 month I think I have developed a major issue in my game. I started throwimg darts seriously about a year ago and things went well and I developed an average in the mid 50’s. But since about 3 or 4 months my darts started to point to the left and as a result I just hit so many 15’s ans 25’s its making me crazy. I struggle to even reach a 50 average. By now I don’t know if its a mental thing or that my mechanics just screwed up or both. My confidence has suffered drasticly and I dont know if I will ever leave this slump. Has anyone experieced something similar?
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I kinda went/am going through the same except I hit both the one and/or the 5. I think it may be just a slump and your trying to correct it.Pretty sure mine is just in my head putting to much pressure on hitting the 20. I really don't have an answer but your not alone for sure. I would suggest taking a day or 2 off and come back fresh....let you old form come back. Luck to you.
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Well, this sounds all to familiar to me Tongue

But, just as Baloos, I miss both ways.

What really helped for me, was to stop playing a truckload of 501 in my practice sessions, and using other drills/games instead. The thing is, the more you struggle with your scoring (particulary focusing on the average), the more mental scar tissue you develop.

I signed up at godartspro.com and used some of the other drills/apps on there to practice with variation. After about a week, I was in our weekly club tournament, and performed a lot better than I had for the last few weeks.

I know first hand it is easy to get hangups on average, and I probably will go down that road again (I know myself...) Hopefully, next time, I will get to the solution a little faster than I did this time Wink
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(12-19-2018, 01:25 AM)thehashslingingslasher Wrote: Hello everyone,

For the past 3 or 4 month I think I have developed a major issue in my game. I started throwimg darts seriously about a year ago and things went well and I developed an average in the mid 50’s. But since about 3 or 4 months my darts started to point to the left and as a result I just hit so many 15’s ans 25’s its making me crazy. I struggle to even reach a 50 average. By now I don’t know if its a mental thing or that my mechanics just screwed up or both. My confidence has suffered drasticly and I dont know if I will ever leave this slump. Has anyone experieced something similar?

First off, love your username.. haha. second, I went through this about a year ago, for me it was mental, I was overcompensating while aiming, and the more I missed, the more flustered I got... it took a good week or two to unwind and get my confidence back.. if you have to, put them down for a day or two to clear your head. Cheers! Smile
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If your muscle memory is good throw darts without watching at board. It shows your aiming.
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I'll echo what Marius writes above but, without knowing your practice routine, I might be off the mark here.

I think it's vital to start each session with drills that have no pressure on your throw. You're aiming for targets but there's no negative consequence for missing. Once this is going well then step up the pressure slightly with a drill like Flight School A1 which you can search for on here or find in George Silberzahn's book, Darts Beginning to End. As the session continues keep upping the pressure i.e. the consequence for missing. I try to approach these throws as I would a visit in the league in all aspects such as pace of throw and mindset.

The aim here is to be building a strong, dependable throw when the pressure is off so that the you can rely on the routine and muscle memory when the pressure is on. And that's how I use games of 501, as the "High Pressure" part of my routine where I try to emulate what I'll face in the League.
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For me as a leftie I tend to slide into the 1"s and its almost always the finger above my thumb having moved by a tiny amount causing me to push off line on release ( and I mean tiny as i can "just" feel the barrel/shaft join against the crease inside the knuckle ).
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I followed you guys advice and signed up to godartspro and I will try their practice games. I think I will do 100 darts @, A1, catch 40 and maybe some other game. It really hurts tho to see myself barely reaching 70 point on 100 darts @ 20 and missing more than half, when I used to throw around 90 or sometimes higher.
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(12-29-2018, 08:32 PM)thehashslingingslasher Wrote: I followed you guys advice and signed up to godartspro and I will try their practice games. I think I will do 100 darts @, A1, catch 40 and maybe some other game. It really hurts tho to see myself barely reaching 70 point on 100 darts @ 20 and missing more than half, when I used to throw around 90 or sometimes higher.

This may sound crazy but with "100 Darts @" I personally find that "score" and "misses" are two separate goals.  Well, separate-ish goals really...  When I am hunting trebles there's a chance for darts to stray over the wire into T5 and T1.  They are decent darts but they are still a miss.  On the other hand if I am committed to not missing I can aim higher up the fat single segment and play it a bit safer.

The question is: Is it better to score 110 with 20 misses or 105 with 12 misses?  The answer to that is down to what you are trying to achieve with this drill.  Are you seeing how straight you throw (where misses is the key metric) or how many trebles you hit, making score more important?
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(12-29-2018, 08:32 PM)thehashslingingslasher Wrote: I followed you guys advice and signed up to godartspro and I will try their practice games. I think I will do 100 darts @, A1, catch 40 and maybe some other game. It really hurts tho to see myself barely reaching 70 point on 100 darts @ 20 and missing more than half, when I used to throw around 90 or sometimes higher.


Glad to hear that you have joined as well! I think that will help you a lot. BTW, feel free to «friend» me, on there. My nick is «SuperMario»

I will suggest that you do other drills than 100 darts, though. Actually, i would suggest that you stay all away from that one for like a week or something, because the drill is so similar to what we do most of the time in 501 (pounding darts at T20), and therefor I don’t belive it will do your scar tissued brain any good.

Instead, try to do a bunch of A1, to improve grouping (that hjelped me a lot on the 20 scoring also) and do all of them MICO games. Those will help a truckload, since they will give you both variation in practice, and some really pressured situations also, from time to time.

Really, I’m no darts coach (allthough I am a professional golf coach), but I know a thing or two about scar tissue in sports, and general sports psychology. Doing what I described above really hjelped me in a similar situation as yours, and I hope it will help you as well.


Finally:
Once, one of the worlds best known sports psychologists, Dr. Bob Rotella, wrote in his book:

«Golf is a game played by humans, and humans makes mistakes. Therefore a golfer needs to accept his mistakes, in order to perform his best»

I bet’ya all the same goes for darts Wink

Best of luck!




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