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My son(8) is very keen to play darts, having met Wayne Mardle at an exhibition (nice guy by the way) and I am wondering which dartboard to get. It has been a long time since I played and the world has changed. Is the Target Phil Taylor Power Board any good (heavily discounted at Argos and elsewhere)? Other boards I am considering are the Blade 4 Dual core and the Unicorn HD. Those are the makes stocked by Argos and other local shops. Any advice much appreciated.
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I like the regular blade 4 -
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youll be fine as long as you get one of the boards with razor type wires. they last a long longer than the cheaper round wired boards.

all of the better ones are self healing to a certain degree and have a movable number ring so you can rotate the board to make it last longer.

other than that its really all about personal preference. personally i wasnt particularly impressed by the blade 4. i love the sound it makes when you strike it, but my darts didnt seem to stick in there very well. also it was very prone to getting nicks in the wires which eventually started causing lots of bounceouts.

ive never had anything made my unicorn that lasted very long. that includes shafts, flights, boards, etc. but i see a lot of people play on unicorn boards and use unicorn gear so maybe its just me.

the boards that i am pretty much exclusive to now are the Nodor SupaWire boards. out of all the boards ive played on these seemed to hold the bull area better than any other, which is the only area that wont really heal itself.

but for a starter board any of those you mentioned is going to work for you. you dont have to buy the most expensive one, that doesnt necessarily mean its the best. but you definitely dont want to go cheap because there is a very big difference between the cheap boards and the good boards. stick with razor type wired boards and make sure it has a movable number ring and it will last the little guy for a long, long time.
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(06-23-2016, 05:46 PM)mcockrell Wrote: youll be fine as long as you get one of the boards with razor type wires. they last a long longer than the cheaper round wired boards.

all of the better ones are self healing to a certain degree and have a movable number ring so you can rotate the board to make it last longer.

other than that its really all about personal preference. personally i wasnt particularly impressed by the blade 4. i love the sound it makes when you strike it, but my darts didnt seem to stick in there very well. also it was very prone to getting nicks in the wires which eventually started causing lots of bounceouts.

ive never had anything made my unicorn that lasted very long. that includes shafts, flights, boards, etc. but i see a lot of people play on unicorn boards and use unicorn gear so maybe its just me.

the boards that i am pretty much exclusive to now are the Nodor SupaWire boards. out of all the boards ive played on these seemed to hold the bull area better than any other, which is the only area that wont really heal itself.

but for a starter board any of those you mentioned is going to work for you. you dont have to buy the most expensive one, that doesnt necessarily mean its the best. but you definitely dont want to go cheap because there is a very big difference between the cheap boards and the good boards. stick with razor type wired boards and make sure it has a movable number ring and it will last the little guy for a long, long time.
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thanks very useful advice - actually found my old Nodor Dart Board at my parent's house - in really good condition still though it did get quite a bit of use. Rotating it certainly helped keep it fresh - that will do for a start and we will see how he progresses - and me too. I am looking forward to playing again too. Great stress relief from work.
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Dont over think it. Grab a board and throw.
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Think i'll try the Blade 4 Dual Core for my next board.

Really like the look of them.
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Gladiator 2 every day for me but the Gladiator 3 is coming.....................
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well. i like my bull advantage x-tra ..its a very hard board tho,,when i got my target distinction darts they only stayed in the board for like 5 secunds then falling down..
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(07-02-2016, 07:07 PM)ChrisTheFish Wrote: Gladiator 2 every day for me but the Gladiator 3 is coming.....................

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On topic Blade 4 is the popular choice around here but in the interests of DartsNutz impartiality the One80 Gladiator 2 and Bull's Advantage 5.01 have good write-ups, even with the latter being on the expensive side. Nodor Supawire 2 is basically a Blade 4 but rebranded. Unicorn Eclipse Pro 2/ HD 2 are both looking good as well but again can be expensive. Your choice really Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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