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Ok, so I thought I found perfect darts, setup, grip, rythm, everything was perfect. Whole week I practiced at home, results were great, some 30 min sessions managed to achieve avg around 80. after that I went to pub and played with friends. Results were worse but still respectable. I managed to hit few 180s, plenty ton+ scores and few decent checkouts (90, 74, 81 with two darts) with checkout rate around 20%. Yesterday I went for third time on local competition (around 150 players) and suddenly I cant release the dart... After shameful defeat in 18 round of cricket I decided to play single out tournament, won few 501 games in 7th and 8th round but still managed to embarace myself few times missing single 5 checkout for 2 rounds and busting my score...

now, I have two questions: 
1. I practice at home on steel tip dartboard with conversion points or 18 g customs and all those tournament are played on european machines with target that is normal size , maybe slightly smaller than regular steel tip dartboard. Is it possible that this difference is such a big deal to me?!

2. And, as I think that answer to 1th question is obvious, can you recommend some books, documentaries, youtube clips or anything really that is related to sport psihology and maybe something related to darts in general?? I know that playing at home without pressure is one thing and competitins are another... But playing against few times worse players, being unable to hit single numbers is just awful. 

I cant express how dissapointed I am right now and I am still crazy about darts that Im already thinking about next practice session Smile
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That's pretty good results in my books. I think you're a good player if you can hit a few 180's per session and achieve 80 avgs. The key thing is that you haven't played enough competitively. It's utterly different world. You have to get used to it. Win some matches and get confidence. If the numbers you stated are true I believe it won't take long. And if there is 150 players at local tournaments in your area, then it must be a good place to be at. Here where I live it's ten times less.

A bit of reading is here:

http://www.crowsdarts.com/dprosdoit.html
http://www.nicedarts.com/index.html
http://www.dartbase.com/
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I'm not sure if it is worth the 25 GBP a year subscription, but Darts Performance Centre looks a very comprehensive site:

https://www.dartsperformancecentre.com/

I do have the Practice Plan book though and it is good:

https://dartsperformancecentre.com/shop/...ctice-plan
B: 25g   S: Medium   F: Standard   180s: 0/25
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(12-08-2019, 12:23 PM)elevendarter Wrote: That's pretty good results in my books. I think you're a good player if you can hit a few 180's per session and achieve 80 avgs. The key thing is that you haven't played enough competitively. It's utterly different world. You have to get used to it. Win some matches and get confidence. If the numbers you stated are true I believe it won't take long. And if there is 150 players at local tournaments in your area, then it must be a good place to be at. Here where I live  it's ten times less.

A bit of reading is here:

http://www.crowsdarts.com/dprosdoit.html
http://www.nicedarts.com/index.html
http://www.dartbase.com/

those tournaments take place only 4 times a year and only in winter and early spring... so you have 4 chances to play some serious darts here and then it is 8 months of waiting... and by waiting I literally mean no competitive darts. Those things you say about different worlds are spot on. I think my no1 problem is that I just cant believe how big stage fright I have, especially considering how laid back I am in other things...

tnx for the links, Ill check them out later Smile
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(12-08-2019, 12:43 PM)jt4527 Wrote: I'm not sure if it is worth the 25 GBP a year subscription, but Darts Performance Centre looks a very comprehensive site:

https://www.dartsperformancecentre.com/

I do have the Practice Plan book though and it is good:

https://dartsperformancecentre.com/shop/...ctice-plan


tnx a lot... Ill think about subscription and Ill definitely get the book
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(12-08-2019, 12:23 PM)elevendarter Wrote: That's pretty good results in my books. I think you're a good player if you can hit a few 180's per session and achieve 80 avgs. The key thing is that you haven't played enough competitively. It's utterly different world. You have to get used to it. Win some matches and get confidence. If the numbers you stated are true I believe it won't take long. And if there is 150 players at local tournaments in your area, then it must be a good place to be at. Here where I live  it's ten times less.

A bit of reading is here:

http://www.crowsdarts.com/dprosdoit.html
http://www.nicedarts.com/index.html
http://www.dartbase.com/

Excellent info Elevendarter!

I had found that crowsdarts link last year but was having trouble finding it again.
I find it to be one of the best written articles for 501 strategies.
+1


Cheers
180’s
2018 - 0
2019 - 14
2020 - 1

Iv’e been working on my accuracy. I’ve gone from 53.6% to 92.8% getting 3 darts in the foam ring around my Winmau !
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