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I've been ill for the past three days and for obvious reasons not be able to throw a dart.
Before I got ill I was on a good run scoring high hitting 180s.
Started throwing again today and its like I've never held a dart before let alone threw one.
The darts seem to slippery to grip and can't hit what I'm aiming for.
Anyone else had this problem?
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To be honest, and this is only something I have found recently, but every single problem I have with darts, from them being too light, shafts too long, not enough grip, wrong shape flights, hands too warm, etc, etc - its all in my head - for the past 3-4 years I have tried different darts, different stems/ flights, standing different and even wearing different fitting shirts - all for nothing in my opinion, as I say, 90% of the problem is in my head.

However if you have been ill you will naturally be weaker, I work in a manual job and if I have been hard at it all day I struggle to throw as well as if I have had an easy day - the limbs are tired and the ligaments stretched and so trying to play such a precise game as darts is going to be affected by fatigue.

So what I think i am trying to say is that fatigue will affect your throw whereas a couple of grams in weight or a couple of mm's in length wont make a jot of difference except if you let it (get in your head) - so yeah I would put it down to your illness and a bit of fatigue and expect once you are fit and well again you will be firing on all cylinders Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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(03-29-2014, 12:14 AM)REBEL Wrote: To be honest, and this is only something I have found recently, but every single problem I have with darts, from them being too light, shafts too long, not enough grip, wrong shape flights, hands too warm, etc, etc - its all in my head - for the past 3-4 years I have tried different darts, different stems/ flights, standing different and even wearing different fitting shirts - all for nothing in my opinion, as I say, 90% of the problem is in my head.

However if you have been ill you will naturally be weaker, I work in a manual job and if I have been hard at it all day I struggle to throw as well as if I have had an easy day - the limbs are tired and the ligaments stretched and so trying to play such a precise game as darts is going to be affected by fatigue.

So what I think i am trying to say is that fatigue will affect your throw whereas a couple of grams in weight or a couple of mm's in length wont make a jot of difference except if you let it (get in your head) - so yeah I would put it down to your illness and a bit of fatigue and expect once you are fit and well again you will be firing on all cylinders Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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Hopefully it is in my head along with being fatigued, I've been blaming my fingertips being too soft, been rubbing them together trying to increase grip (I know) lol
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I have the opposite problem, my fingertips are like leather, I run them under the warm tap for a minute or so before I start playing and it softens them up, that way I dont feel I grip the darts as hard - works for me, each to their own Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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That's what's baffling me my fingertips from what I've known have been rough, it is like I have a new hand lol...must have lost a bit of memory the headaches where like Roberto Carlos using your head for a football every 2seconds for two days straight.

I'm going to try and throw tomorrow without to much thinking just try and get into rhythm and see if that will improve hopefully it will Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Hope so, and good luck Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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(03-29-2014, 01:07 AM)REBEL Wrote: Hope so, and good luck Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

Cheers and thanks for the input/advice
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Darts is still in your heart so try doing things all over again. Don't get stressed by the manner you are throwing now as you keep on looking back and compare how you were doing then. Move forward.

Early last year my average started to diminish until it reached a point that I couldn't beat anyone in our league. I kept changing my darts and setup desperately trying to get the right combination. My confidence diminished. Until a physical check up revealed that my blood pressure was so high. This caused my arms to be stiff and so as my ability to withstand pressure.

So be aware that you are recovering. Adapt to your present state. If you have slippery fingertips, then choose a shark gripped darts. In the process as you go to the top form - I would like to quote Kobe Bryant "NO EXCUSES!"

My confidence was restored - and it started with the mentality that I should have FUN with darts.

Go ahead and have fun and everything will just fall in place!
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(03-29-2014, 04:23 AM)majeek Wrote: Darts is still in your heart so try doing things all over again. Don't get stressed by the manner you are throwing now as you keep on looking back and compare how you were doing then. Move forward.

Early last year my average started to diminish until it reached a point that I couldn't beat anyone in our league. I kept changing my darts and setup desperately trying to get the right combination. My confidence diminished. Until a physical check up revealed that my blood pressure was so high. This caused my arms to be stiff and so as my ability to withstand pressure.

So be aware that you are recovering. Adapt to your present state. If you have slippery fingertips, then choose a shark gripped darts. In the process as you go to the top form - I would like to quote Kobe Bryant "NO EXCUSES!"

My confidence was restored - and it started with the mentality that I should have FUN with darts.

Go ahead and have fun and everything will just fall in place!

Appreciate the help, I'm going to try get a few practice sessions in today and see how I get along
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(03-29-2014, 04:23 AM)majeek Wrote: Darts is still in your heart so try doing things all over again. Don't get stressed by the manner you are throwing now as you keep on looking back and compare how you were doing then. Move forward.

Early last year my average started to diminish until it reached a point that I couldn't beat anyone in our league. I kept changing my darts and setup desperately trying to get the right combination. My confidence diminished. Until a physical check up revealed that my blood pressure was so high. This caused my arms to be stiff and so as my ability to withstand pressure.

So be aware that you are recovering. Adapt to your present state. If you have slippery fingertips, then choose a shark gripped darts. In the process as you go to the top form - I would like to quote Kobe Bryant "NO EXCUSES!"

My confidence was restored - and it started with the mentality that I should have FUN with darts.

Go ahead and have fun and everything will just fall in place!

Great point , always try have fun because darts is a game and games are meant to be fun. If practice isn't going well then take a break for 10 minutes, have a cuppa and think positive thoughts.

I'm sure you'll get it back David just stay in the moment and forget about the past. You can't get bad darts back so just think each new dart can be better, concentrate, relax, throw and most of all enjoy it Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Thanks grip, I've Actually had one of my better nights rests and feeling good today, now I'm thinking I was throwing bad because I knew what I could do and was getting frustrated. Amazing how a good night's rest and some good advice can do mentally. Hope this transfers over to the board later
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I wouldn't worry too much, just give yourself time to recover and it should return to normal.

I had a couple of strange illnesses in my past, one when I was about 6 which made me too weak to walk and I was ill for over 6 weeks then had a similar illness when I was 22, was so weak I could not even lift a cup of tea in one hand, took a lot of months to recover from it. Even when I get a simple cold it can take me a few weeks to feel better after it.
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Hi David, I tried to change my whole game from grip to stance to throw. I've spent hours trying new techniques to 'perfect' my throw and after all this experimenting, the only thing that worked was to go back to how I did it originally.

So the best advice I can give, is just relax, keep doing what you're doing and it'll fall back in place. Just keep hitting the practice board .
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Thanks guys, slowly starting to get the feel again, accuracy is starting to improve a lot more than it was
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You know what I was thinking, you need to rest more. I wouldn't throw a dart for at least a little bit of time. At least until you have to play me in the DODL. As a matter of fact, do a lot of drinking the night before our match, you'll be right as rain after that.























J/K.... A lot of good advice here, rest up properly and you should be fine.
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