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Get to grips with consistency!
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My father's only bit of advice about darts was "look to where you're going to point them...then throw them to where you're pointing'.

(He was a local dart champion from South Wales back in the days when you threw lumps of brass from 9 ft and the dart board wire was almost as thick as fencing wire.)

His advice seemed straight forward enough of course but I was a kid and I never understood that you had to have everything else right first.

Anyway earlier today whilst I was trying to adjust the way I held the dart ....Bingo I suddenly became aware that my new grip was actually allowing me to point my forefinger towards the intended target much more comfortably... Then Bang 180! Two throws later ....bang another 180 so what was I doing right?

So I started to think about it a little deeper...

My stance is firm and steady, I line the darts up so they are straight and parallel in my hand perpendicular to the board and pointing at the target. I'm looking directly at the target and my shoulders are relaxed but steady. The amount of force required is all muscle memory so now with the adjusted grip my hand is much more closed now I.e no more loose fingers, (no Eric Bristow Pinkie in the air either )...I'm ready and relaxed. From here on in the hand eye bit takes over and I simply point and follow through.

Suddenly the consistency in grouping is there and I can be far more accurate and yes 'I've got a great adeptness at grasping the bleeding obvious' but now that fatherly advice all makes sense. After all the grip and release are quite probably the key mechanical points to accuracy. Any slight misalignment or unnecessary movement and the error is magnified over the throwing distance.

Now then here's what you need to do....get a bottle cork and stick in over your dart point so you don't stab yourself. Hold the dart in the 'best position' trying to close the hand around tuck the loose fingers in touching your palm etc and simply try to get used to how the new position feels.
Maybe hold it whilst watching TV etc so the grip becomes second nature and feels 'right'.

An 'A ha' or a Simpson Doh, moment I'm not sure probably both but it's starting to work for me why not try it out yourself it may just help you're consistency in grouping and overall accuracy.


Cheers
Dorian
Son of Merlin

Caerleon - Wales

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Nice post.
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Thanks Dorian - could you show us a picture of your new grip to demonstrate what you are doing? Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Yes of course will try and do it in the next day or so....interestingly I was looking at Phil Taylors' grip and he's doing it too, meaning that the 'non gripping' fingers are pressed into his palm. This makes the whole hand more rigid and seems to help the wrist lock a lot easier too of course its all part of Phils natural throw all I'm trying to do is reduce any unecessary movement etc.

Please see this clip to illustrate the point....www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmi2KwmBnT4‎

I know its a very minor thing but it must help with stability as long as you don't grab the dart too tight and release smoothly.



Cheers
Dorian
Son of Merlin

Caerleon - Wales

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Great advice Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. Will try the cork and grip thing +1
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a great bit of advice i'll give it a go
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sounds interesting but there is only my little finger left dangling, I hold the dart with 3 fingers and a fum. Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Ah I think I better understand what you mean now Dorian - thanks. Going to have a practice tonight so I will try this out
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I just tried it but my problem is my hand still hurts from my injury and when I curl my finger in it was a bit uncomfortable, I think I can see what he means though, but will be a long time before my hand is fully pain free, like I said before I heal slowly Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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too much quite time Grippo Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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Gave this a go last night, but I don't think my grip is going to allow for this. Too many of my fingers in contact with the barrel and point! Will have another attempt tonight just to see if I can change things up a little without affecting my throw. It's the little things that can make the difference
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Tried this yesterday but didn't help me at all, thanks for posting though, always willing to try new ideas to help my game, especially with consistency.
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Hello,

Just wondering if this approach is still working for you? If it is, what are your averages from last year to today?

Have a great day!
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Thanks for the post. Very interesting.
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