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Grips Grip Dilemma!
I have been doing a video review of some darts that are very long for me at 54mm, what I think or thought is my preferred length is usually 45-48 mm.

You will see the review when I post it but I have always gripped near the front of the barrel but these long barrels where not flying so good for me there so I tried a middle and a rear grip.

They flew a whole lot better when a gripped towards the rear, my only problem was trying to not catch the tip with my fingers on release.

So I thought maybe its just because the barrels are long. So I had a throw with my 48mm Fury 2's and hit 2 140's and a lot of T20's.

Now I am confused, was I just having one of my brief spells where I play well or is this grip the answer I have been looking for the last 2 years since coming back after my injury?

Should I continue trying this grip and see if it keeps improving, it feels strange to me still but is it worth me practising with it or was it just a fluke?

The darts where flying straighter and I was hitting less 5's and more 20's.

I think my injury shortened my shoulder or changed its shape someway so I have struggled to overcome what ever the changes where, maybe it was jut my grip that needed to change?

I could be wrong but I think holding it at the rear means its changing my angle of release which maybe counteracting those changes?

What do you think?

I hope I have found a solution at last and its not another one of my brief returns of form lol!
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try it you nothing to lose Darren. Let us know.
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Yeah I guess I have nothing to loose literally LOL, I already lost it Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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I had a similar thing. I used to grip way up front. It felt natural and comfortable, I thought. But I would poke myself in the cheek fairly often on the drawback, so I started messing around with gripping further back (meaning the dart was further forward in my hand). It felt really odd at first, but I kept with it. Almost never poke myself now, plus my darts fly much more smoothly. No kick.
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Ok I am going to give it a try, I think it is only going to work with straight barrels though, but not tried other shapes yet. Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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(11-08-2013, 07:59 PM)Getagrip Wrote: Ok I am going to give it a try, I think it is only going to work with straight barrels though, but not tried other shapes yet. Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Should have mentioned -- my darts are straight. Yeah, moving your grip back to a fatter part of the barrel would make it tougher to adapt.
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I poke myself in the cheek and eye constantly. To me it is more that I am not paying attention to what I am doing than I think it's my grip. I have tried holding darts different ways and other than the way I hold them now it always feels wrong. Also anything more than the 3 fingers I use always throws the dart way off course (well more than usual).

I say give it a go grip. You only have something to gain regardless if it helps or not.
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yeah going to be trying it out over the next couple of weeks and see what happens, may be a fluke but will see.
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This whole thing about gripping darts one way or the other has me baffled. One day I toss them holding in the middle and they fly great but moving my fingers ever so slightly and they fly better. The next day I hold them in that spot and they fly like I never threw a dart. I'm tempted to change darts when that happens. Interesting thread I'll be seeing how your change goes
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I have not had a lot of time as yet, but tried a few weights and shapes, the weight is not such an issue but the shape is, seems to work best with straight barrels less than 50mm for me, still feels unnatural though, like trying to write with your wrong hand lol .

But the darts do seem to fly straighter overall, I'm just not sure I can get used to it though.

But there is a spanner in the works now as I have been trying a new set which work very nice with my natural grip Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Remember to hold your darts very light ,that was biggest problem for me .Holding them to tight is the same as milking koala instead of cow .
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I think my main issue is timing my release right with the rear grip, because my fingers are more stretched out I catch the tip a lot.
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well I think your ideas are correct as I have a grip the same as yours but I grip the dart in the middle/rear of the dart. I also don't throwa dart under 50mm and prefer 54mm.
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I am beginning to think this boils down to been near the balance point like we are advised and how comfy the dart feels holding it there, just does not work for me with the front weighted darts I have tried lately yet some players like Beaton hold the dart near the stem and he throws them beautifully, but he probably has longer fingers than me so that may be a factor too.
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The only comfortable and repeatable grip for me is when the barrel goes through the 2nd crease of my index finger but I can't throw worth a damn that way. Why does life treat me this way....think I'm gonna switch to a blow gun....haha...shoot well Nutz.
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