Shot Darts

Hitting fives
This is driving me nuts...i am hitting fives like a mad man, i dont hit any twelves, ones, eighteens, like literaly i would hit one maybe once per session. Now the fives, always nice and neatly in the fat bit.

Any suggestion would help, i tried controlling when i reach for my next dart, tried balancing with my back foot, tried controlling where my elbow is pointing.

Ofcourse its probably my inconsistent technique, but any tips or suggestions are appreciated !
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Everyone is going to be a bit different in regards to mechanics. When I forget to add angle to my front food and stand too flat (like Taylor does), I often drift to the 5s.

A few little things that can tweak a throw...
-height of elbow. I find that if I drop my elbow too low, my arm does an odd twist and I don't get a smooth follow through.
-make sure you're following through. Try to get a full arm extension after release.
-adjust your rear shoulder a bit to make yourself more inline. I'll try to bring non-throwing hand close to my body (that's holding the darts) so it automatically pulls my shoulder back a bit.

You can also try the Taylor method...hang a piece of yarn/string from above the board so it's cut down the middle (splits the 20/bull/3). Practice throwing down that line and following through using that line for reference.
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Also check out the post titled "Pitching Left" in the same sub forum as your query.

Look what happened to Phil Taylor when he changed darts in the beginning of 2014. He kept finding the 5 with remarkable consistency and it was maddening for him to be doing that. If, with all his experience and talent, he can find the 5's, why not a mere mortal like us.
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Thank you so much guys, i will try out the advice. And yes its so consistent and very nicely grouped (its actualy pleasing at times ), its maddening.
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Ahahah this is absolutely brilliant ...Regulatori i decided to go for your tip with the yarn, literaly 2-3 trips to the oche later:

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(06-16-2015, 12:28 PM)Regulatori Wrote: Everyone is going to be a bit different in regards to mechanics. When I forget to add angle to my front food and stand too flat (like Taylor does), I often drift to the 5s.

A few little things that can tweak a throw...
-height of elbow. I find that if I drop my elbow too low, my arm does an odd twist and I don't get a smooth follow through.
-make sure you're following through. Try to get a full arm extension after release.
-adjust your rear shoulder a bit to make yourself more inline. I'll try to bring non-throwing hand close to my body (that's holding the darts) so it automatically pulls my shoulder back a bit.

You can also try the Taylor method...hang a piece of yarn/string from above the board so it's cut down the middle (splits the 20/bull/3). Practice throwing down that line and following through using that line for reference.
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(06-16-2015, 02:51 PM)Gadasoft Wrote: Ahahah this is absolutely brilliant ...Regulatori i decided to go for your tip with the yarn, literaly 2-3 trips to the oche later:

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(06-16-2015, 02:52 PM)USMC80 Wrote:
(06-16-2015, 12:28 PM)Regulatori Wrote: Everyone is going to be a bit different in regards to mechanics. When I forget to add angle to my front food and stand too flat (like Taylor does), I often drift to the 5s.

A few little things that can tweak a throw...
-height of elbow. I find that if I drop my elbow too low, my arm does an odd twist and I don't get a smooth follow through.
-make sure you're following through. Try to get a full arm extension after release.
-adjust your rear shoulder a bit to make yourself more inline. I'll try to bring non-throwing hand close to my body (that's holding the darts) so it automatically pulls my shoulder back a bit.

You can also try the Taylor method...hang a piece of yarn/string from above the board so it's cut down the middle (splits the 20/bull/3). Practice throwing down that line and following through using that line for reference.

I agree, i think its the follow through...I am a former basketball player and i used to have ( or well still do ) a picture-perfect throw / follow through / motion...I just think its somewhat different mechanics . It is the part i am putting most attention to at the moment.
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Right the follow thru is very similar to a basketball shot follow thru
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(06-16-2015, 02:52 PM)USMC80 Wrote:
(06-16-2015, 12:28 PM)Regulatori Wrote: Everyone is going to be a bit different in regards to mechanics. When I forget to add angle to my front food and stand too flat (like Taylor does), I often drift to the 5s.

A few little things that can tweak a throw...
-height of elbow. I find that if I drop my elbow too low, my arm does an odd twist and I don't get a smooth follow through.
-make sure you're following through. Try to get a full arm extension after release.
-adjust your rear shoulder a bit to make yourself more inline. I'll try to bring non-throwing hand close to my body (that's holding the darts) so it automatically pulls my shoulder back a bit.

You can also try the Taylor method...hang a piece of yarn/string from above the board so it's cut down the middle (splits the 20/bull/3). Practice throwing down that line and following through using that line for reference.

If I may also add this Original Post by Reg, cos it's so damn Good....

I just want to elaborate on the Throwing Arm, position of Upper arm/Elbow, and movement forward of Fore-arm/Hand.

Once you've found your necessary position for your Upper-arm/Elbow... don't move it or the Shoulder it's attached to..... Only move your Fore-arm/Hand, when in your motion of throwing the Dart.
Stay relaxed too, if you are tensing Muscles in your Upper-arm, in your shoulder while you are moving your Fore-arm back-wards & forwards you will move the trajectory away from the intended target... Also Keep your Fore-arm AND your Hand relaxed. If you are tensing Muscles you prevent your self from following through to your target, hence you Snatch the Dart.

Do not Grip Tightly your Fingers around the Dart, let your Fingers just be a soft gentle cradle for the Dart, like a Pouch on a sling.

So in Short Keep Hand - Forearm - Upperarm - Shoulder relaxed, and train your self to move only necessary parts in Arm to make Fore-arm/Hand throw Dart.
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