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Practice alone
People think that tournaments or league play will improve their game (which will improve strategy, but not skill). Forget it, the best most efficient way to get better is to practice alone.
Why it should be solitare
practicing alone is the best way

solitare practicing is much more valuable than practicing with friends or practicing only by playing as much matches as possible. Mathplay is of course also very important, but if I should give a ratio I'd say a good one is one third matchplay, two thirds (or even more) solitare.

The reasons behind this are not really obvious, especially because many players experience that they are doing well in solitare and (relatively) suck in matchplay, so they are thinking it's the lack of matchplay practice that causes that. That is, however, wrong.

As a matter of fact every player plays worse in matchplay than he does in practice. It is of course hard to believe, but even the pros do. And this not only in darts, it is valid for any other sport. To increase our matchplay performance to NEARLY (exactly of course would be great but it is in fact impossible!) the level of our practice performance we must mainly use sports psychology, because the mental aspects of matchplay are the reason for this phenomenon (if you are a regular reader of TDT you know that the mental aspect is the most important issue in this project). And note - if you are one of these rare players who say they do better in matchplay than they do in practice, the reason (and the ONLY reason!) is the following: You don't practice enough, period.

But it is still not clear why solitare practicing is that important. As a personal summary, I'd say this: "Practicing with partners, no matter if they are better or worse than you, forces you to raise your limit above theirs. Practicing alone constantly forces you to raise your limit above yourself, and this limit is higher than you might dream of!" So you can nearly infinitely improve your game only by always trying to beat your limit. No matter how good you are, you can always be better. No friendly or rivalry matchplay practice can do this when your opponents stick to their level. To say it literally - the only way to make your current personal limit your future standard is practicing alone.






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Practicing solo allows you to work on the specific parts of your game that you feel you need to improve on.

Match practice allows you to test your progress under a bit of pressure.

I use N01 to get match practice as I know I need to hit my doubles quickly or I lose. That is the same theory as in a league game.

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A few months ago I would have disagreed with you. After listening to the audio of flight school, after doing the warm ups, I totally agree with you. This is why...when I use to warm up I would fire 20 or so darts at the 20's, then throw 20 or so at the 19's, then...you get the point. Match play you get THREE darts, you don't get 20 to narrow your grouping. The practice regimen with flight school you have three darts at a target, next target...three darts. Like in match play you are required to produce NOW, not "get around to it...oh that's good enough" I think back at my old routines and I really wasn't that good in practice! It is funny how we tend to "forget how many darts I threw at the bull until I hit that Hatty, when you start tracking your darts, marking them down the truth comes out. The sooner you can look at your score, internalize it this is when you can take the next step and start improving. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT, OWN IT.
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this is truly great advice and loopdogg you point out a great fact. The routines that you use and the practice that you look back on will undoubtedly be flawed. However, that is the idea. To always improve. So, in two years from now I expect I will look back on my routines of today and notice how I have improved them to help improve myself
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dont think i entirely agree with u there u cant beat practising with players of equal or better skill than you your own teammates playing any joe soap who wonders into the pub and is not a decent standard or at least on the same footing as you is not
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(05-03-2013, 04:33 PM)1in1out Wrote: dont think i entirely agree with u there u cant beat practising with players of equal or better skill than you your own teammates playing any joe soap who wonders into the pub and is not a decent standard or at least on the same footing as you is not

I think that is the idea of the practicing alone too. To get darts in against competition that is as good or better than you. Thus, causing you to want to step your game up
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I prefer to practice alone. Works for me.
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(05-03-2013, 04:33 PM)1in1out Wrote: dont think i entirely agree with u there u cant beat practising with players of equal or better skill than you your own teammates playing any joe soap who wonders into the pub and is not a decent standard or at least on the same footing as you is not

I actually think you are missing the point. Playing the better players may force you to raise your level of competition, but the same level of skill is there whether you need to push yourself or not.

Playing the better player will be practice for sure if you look at it in the emotional and mental sense, but the physical ability to make the darts stick where you want, that is best developed through solitary practice.
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(05-03-2013, 04:40 PM)Lefty544 Wrote:
(05-03-2013, 04:33 PM)1in1out Wrote: dont think i entirely agree with u there u cant beat practising with players of equal or better skill than you your own teammates playing any joe soap who wonders into the pub and is not a decent standard or at least on the same footing as you is not

I think that is the idea of the practicing alone too. To get darts in against competition that is as good or better than you. Thus, causing you to want to step your game up
Some are missing the point all together - If you are say having problems with say double 18 - your solitary practice is the way to go - not playing your mates are going to help that. That being said playing players of high quality will help your game no doubt. There is a place for both - practice solo and then use it on your victims Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. Thats my opinion .
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agree with both statements i practice a lot but love playing against a decent player better than pracitce hard to keep the motivation going practicing
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playing with others gains you experience playing by ypr self gets you skill
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(05-04-2013, 02:14 PM)rockettman Wrote: playing with others gains you experience playing by ypr self gets you skill
ok- ya get a thumbs up from me on that statement bud.
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thanks im still serching for that purfect set of darts but also if you lack to understand saber then i say attend his flight school stop missing his great advice guys if you wanna be pro then listen
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I only practice alone. sometimes I feel I am over analyzing tho.
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