Target Darts.

Vertical lines
Darts is an exercise in minimizing variation. The goal isn't just
to hit what you're aiming at, but to minimize how much you miss by.

When you miss, are you generally high or low (up and down the y-axis)
or do you miss to the left or right (along the x-axis)? Or maybe you're all
over the place. 

When I first started to try to get more control of my throws, I 
decided to focus on reducing my variation to the left and right.
I imagined a line (the y-axis) running from the center of the
D20 down through the center of the bull to the center of the
D3. My goal was to keep my darts as close to that line as possible.

My practice session is as follows:

Throw three darts at D20-T20-Bull, trying to keep them in a vertical
line. I'm not as concerned about hitting the target as I am at hitting
the imaginary vertical line. I don't care if I'm two inches high or 
low with each throw as long as I end up with all three darts in a 
vertical line.

My next three darts are at DB-T3-D3 with the same goal of
three darts in a vertical line.

My next three darts are at D3-T3-DB, then back to the
top with darts at DB-T20-D20.

I repeat this exercise up and down the board. If I can't
get all three darts in a vertical line, there is probably
something wrong in my grip, stance, or throwing motion that
is preventing me from making a repeatable throw. With me
it's usually my elbow flying out or not drawing the dart back
along the correct path. This exercise helps me track down that
weak link and make small changes until I can gain control over 
the variation in at least one direction.

This same exercise can be done along the x-axis with throws
going from D11-T11-DB-T6-D6 and back to work on minimizing
how much you miss high or low.

Good luck and have fun.

-Greg
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Hi Greg thats a great post mate, thanks for the tip have a +1 Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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I actually thought up a very similar one myself the other day. I even went as far as using 2 pieces of string the width of a treble from the top centre of the board to the bottom but I won't go into it because your idea trumps mine.
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yes hebegb it's a good routine. someplace i read about putting string between d20 and d3 to practice straight line throwing. i used to try and hit the string which only rarely happened. your idea of crossing the board is also good practice.
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(02-21-2016, 09:23 PM)steve1 Wrote: I actually thought up a very similar one myself the other day. I even went as far as using 2 pieces of string the width of a treble from the top centre of the board to the bottom but I won't go into it because your idea trumps mine.





I did something similar last year when I started thinking about this. I strung wires
the width of the bull horizontal and vertical. It helped me visualize what I was 
trying to do.

I don't practice this every day, but when my throw starts to break down, it's a
good tool to help me regain control.

-Greg


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Previous Darts: Harrows Chizzy 90% Tungsten Dart - 22g
Previous Darts: Winmau Aspria - 22g
Previous Darts: Target Chizzy 80% Tungsten Dart - 22g
Previous Darts: Red Dragon Robert 'The Thorn' Thornton - 22g
Previous Darts: Dart World 19903 Piranha 90% Tungsten Dart - 24g
Previous Darts: Red Dragon Robert 'The Thorn' Thornton - 26g
Board: One80 Gladiator III
Previous Board:  Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core
Soft tip: Red Dragon Robert 'The Thorn' Thornton - 18g

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A lot of the time when I'm missing the 20'S it's because I'm throwing below the treble line and placing darts along the wire into the 5 or 1. My boards all wear out below the treble line because I throw from the treble line down. When I try to throw above the line I sometimes put a dart above the double.
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Shucks, I thought I had invented this.I use this as soon as I pick up my darts to lock in the correct bodyflow. When I am hitting on target with the vertical and horizontal, I then go for the bulls which is a combination of both and after I'm happy hitting bulls I then start my warm up session with random targeting exercises.
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(03-07-2016, 11:50 AM)Sharky Wrote: Shucks, I thought I had invented this.I use this as soon as I pick up my darts to lock in the correct bodyflow. When I am hitting on target with the vertical and horizontal, I then go for the bulls which is a combination of both and after I'm happy hitting bulls I then start my warm up session with random targeting exercises.

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