Adding reference points to dart board?
Good morning gentleman (and ladies),

First post here, just getting re-aquainted with darts after a 3-decade break since college. I've had a dartboard in the basement of my home for years, but only played once-in-a-blue-moon when a visitor wanted to.

To make a long story short, I've been shooting solo--mostly Around the World--trying to figure my throw out, mostly in reference to consistency. I'm finding it especially hard to find a spot to concentrate upon in the black sections of the board, since any inconsistencies in the sisal are hidden by the black. It occurred to me that maybe I should make a very small mark right in the center of the outer 'one' sections just to give my eye something to focus on, perhaps using a silver Sharpie pen (which could easily be removed later using a black pen).

Is this a thing? 

Right now I don't care about even shooting doubles, I'm just trying to learn the things that screw up my throw, and I feel like when I'm shooting the white sections I sometimes hit the precise point I'm looking at (sight of which can be maintained throughout the entire throw due to having something to focus upon). This seems nearly impossible for me in black sections, though even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. 

Speaking of blind squirrels, for reference I think my best AtW '# of darts' to date is 47 (hitting each section + any bull, i.e. no skipping by hitting doubles/triples). 'Suck' is the term I would use for my dart skills; a full round of A1 might take me more than 24 hours...

Big Grin

I know it's best to train as you would play and that making such marks would be a form of 'cheating' and perhaps a crutch, but I currently have no goals for League play, and I feel like whatever training wheels I can give myself could only help my progression. 

Thanks for any input!

-Jeff

PS: lighting on the board is fairly good, even, etc.; i.e. I do not think it is a factor.
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I use sewing pins the kind with colored plastic heads, then you can move them easily.
Levonster  Out! 
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You can also buy rings in decreasing diameters so you have something to shoot at:

https://www.reddragondarts.com/peter-wri...rings.html
Barrels: Designa Mega Grip 23g
Stems: Harrows Supergrip Tweenies
Flights: Deadeye 100 Standard

2019 180s: 1/25
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Maybe I'm wrong on this (and probably am) but when I got back into darts I was trying all the "ways" to get better and improve my consistency. They did help,mainly Flight School, to a point. I built my average up to around 59 but couldn't seem to break into the 60's. Our steel tip league ended leaving me only our soft tip league. In that we shoot 4 games of Cricket, 2 501's and 1 701 with the bull NOT being split and straight out. So in the 01 games it's basically shoot the bull till you get an out number. I started practicing the bull a lot and got to the point I could hit at least 2 out of 3 bulls..(yes,still working until it's all 3). I have found that my consistency has gotten better. Now...I don't know whether it's because I mainly throw at one spot and not worrying about adjustments for other numbers (if you follow me on that) and my stroke/release is more fine tuned because of it or because it's easier to hit a bull on a soft tip so my confidence is very high. All I know is it works and I'm happy.....
 As far as reference points.....you can try using the wire as a point to shoot at. Depending on whether your darts come in high or low you can use the top or btm wire as a starting point then use that dart to adjust your throw if needed. Luck to you and shoot well!
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Some interesting ideas already I'm seeing. I like the idea of using pins on the board. Finding a reference point in the dark sections might be tough but using the wires could be useful as well. That A1 routine used to work pretty good for me as I started back and now I use it for warm-ups. Works like a treat for me.
A lot of people just throw to T20 all the time. You'll get good at that eventually but wait, there's a full board still. LOL
Keep at it man it'll gel before you know it.
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(01-11-2019, 07:12 PM)SlingBlade Wrote: Some interesting ideas already I'm seeing. I like the idea of using pins on the board. Finding a reference point in the dark sections might be tough but using the wires could be useful as well. That A1 routine used to work pretty good for me as I started back and now I use it for warm-ups. Works like a treat for me.
A lot of people just throw to T20 all the time. You'll get good at that eventually but wait, there's a full board still. LOL
Keep at it man it'll gel before you know it.

Right! I didn't figure that being good at shooting triple 20s would be much good if I couldn't hit anything else... I'll return back to A1 once I get a little closer to the proverbial ballpark, but having to hit 2 of 3 (multiple times!) was frustrating that first go-around. 

Thanks for all the input, and that 'pin' idea is genius! I'll also check out those rings, looks like a great tool.

-J
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I think it’s a give and take.. cause then you have a place to focus... 
but what happens when the reference point is gone. 


I tried this on my soft tip board with small round stickers, and I will give you that it helps focus. But when i played elsewhere I found that not having a reference point was killing my focus.. it got me off my rhythm due to thinking too much
Darts: 22gm unicorn sigma ultracore soft tip
Flights: Black Harrows Atomic
Shafts: Black Unicorn Phase 5 Rosso Titanium Slick Stiks
Mpr:3.12
PPD:29.45
2019 180’s: 7/12
2019 Hat: 109/130
2019 highlights: finished game with a 6.45mpr in cricket and lost. 
Won my first tournament! (1/25/19)
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I put a dot of chalk on the board where I want
to concentrate on for grouping practise. And 
it's easily removed when you want to change
to another spot.  Smile
Kevin a.k.a. "Sniper".  Moddarts
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