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Practice Duration (Continuous time)
How long do you guys practice before taking a short break? Do you take one between drills? How long is the minimum drill time vs maximum?

I'm asking because I know there are limitations to just how long folks can stand in front of a board and throw darts before the mind starts to wander.... And then, you're just throwing, almost randomly and not paying attention to what you are doing. It would be like playing snooker, and just hitting balls. Not potting, just hitting at them.

I don't see that as productive.
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It depends I must say.
Usually I practice about 1-1,5 hours a day.
When my darts are flying the way I want them I tend to continue somewhat longer before I take a break.
I want to make use of the flow I'm in at that point Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
But in general I take a short break after about 20-30 minutes or so.
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Usually no more than an hour to hour and a half. During that time I'll sometimes vary the speed of getting to the line to simulate playing against someone, or in a doubles match.

If practicing with a friend/friends and having some games of 301,501 and Cricket, I may play much longer, especially if in a setting where the winner keeps the board and challengers line up to play. The trick is----keep the board by winning. That way the opponents may be sitting out for several minutes or longer to get back to challenge you and you stay in form------hopefully.
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Same as above
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I'm trying to limit my time to blocks of 10 minutes of intense focus. It's not working... yet.

I find the intensity simulates the desire of competition, and similar things start to happen.... darts go crazy wild. Will keep at this for a bit to try to learn how to keep the stroke solid under pressure.
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Don't know about you, but I can't keep the stroke solid under pressure simply by practicing alone. I need to be playing against an opponent, and not just any opponent. It needs to be someone that can beat me if I throw a mediocre turn or two.

This is especially true if playing Cricket where a round of darts with very few marks can spell disaster.
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(06-25-2015, 07:40 PM)gumbo2176 Wrote: Don't know about you, but I can't keep the stroke solid under pressure simply by practicing alone. I need to be playing against an opponent, and not just any opponent. It needs to be someone that can beat me if I throw a mediocre turn or two.

This is especially true if playing Cricket where a round of darts with very few marks can spell disaster.

How 'bout playing against a computer?

https://www.nakka.com/soft/n01/index_eng.html

For me, I can pressurize myself quite easily. That's my biggest problem -- self destruction. If I just go about shooting at the targets I want to hit, there is no problem. If I start to think they mean something, whoops! There it goes...

I gotta get that under control.
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I tend to warm up in lumps of 10-12 minutes. That's as long as I record with the webcam in the hopes of catching something good on video. When I hit form I switch off the cam and hit up Pro-Darter for a few matches. Each match might take 20 minutes or so depending on how many legs it goes. I usually keep it to best of 7 701 or best of 11 501.
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Do you do any specific routines? eg. A1/2/3?
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(06-27-2015, 07:57 PM)BigE Wrote: Do you do any specific routines? eg. A1/2/3?

Nope. None at all. I just warm up and jump right into long format matches.
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Why not do routines? The pros do them.
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(06-27-2015, 08:18 PM)BigE Wrote: Why not do routines? The pros do them.

No answer really. My game has improved tremendously since the invention of online darts. So that's all I do for the most part. But I do take it to the extreme. I play a LOT of matches.

I mess around with American baseball quite a bit as that's my go to game. But no set routine. Never had one.
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That's cool. I used to play a lot of real matches years ago as well. Having a routine to do works far better for me than just playing games. Within a routine, I can work on my technique. I don't do that well within a game.
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Like others, I practice in several blocks of 15-20 minutes per day. It seems going much longer than that makes it difficult to maintain focus and concentration, my shooting starts to get sloppy and the practice shooting starts to lose its purpose.
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I'm with Cy

Very little practice drills... Leaning towards none.
But I try to play as often as possible against people online.

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