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Hi,I have this issue when I hit 80 or 120 with my first 2 darts of pulling the third dart into the 5 or even 12.I conciously pause relax before I throw the dart but more often than not I pull it.Is this a case of what golfers call the yips guys? I'd appreciate any fix ideas Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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Do you pause between the first 2 darts? If you don't, then you have it in your head you're going to pull the dart is what I'm thinking and it happens to come true. It's all about confidence and anyone will tell you this game is a lot more mental than physical.
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Don't pause! Darts is all about building a rhythm. If you've just thrown 2 really nice darts just fire the 3rd dart right in. Or even go to 19's for a cover shot. But most of all DO NOT pause or stop.
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(07-25-2014, 02:17 AM)Cyanide Wrote: Don't pause! Darts is all about building a rhythm. If you've just thrown 2 really nice darts just fire the 3rd dart right in. Or even go to 19's for a cover shot. But most of all DO NOT pause or stop.

Right on the money there Cy' a friend of mine had the same issue and it was very hard for him to break the habit.
I told him to make a concious effort to try and throw the last dart slightly faster at first, then he got back into his rhythm.

+1 for sound advice.

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I see people being "careful" on their third dart all the time. Good thing not to do.
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Great advice!
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I have the same problem. Although it could be the second dart that goes wild or the third dart. Even when I practice grouping it happens. I just can't shake it. It could be that I suck.
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Thanks for the advice guys but even without the last dart aiming pause and speeding the throw up I still pull the last dart!!.Its like a split second of doubt with that dart that transfers to my arm, guess its a case of training the mind muscle to think the same thoughts as the first and second dart, but it dont want to!.

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aim at the flight- u are actually not focussed
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(07-27-2014, 04:36 PM)Paul 180 Wrote: Thanks for the advice guys but even without the last dart aiming pause and speeding the throw up I still pull the last dart!!.Its like a split second of doubt with that dart that transfers to my arm...

Yep. Dart #3. When you're throwing good it's the icing on the cake. when you're throwing crap it's the nail in the coffin. Wrong metaphor -- difficult to nail your own coffin. But moving on…

Here's what helped me. Rhythm. Practicing with a cadence in my head. One and two and throw, and-a one and two and throw, and a one and two and throw. You can even do it to music. My ideal tempo is about the same as Steve Miller's "The Joker." Nice and slow. You can't hesitate on dart 3 because the groove won't let you.

This might sound stupid, but it has really worked for me. When I get it going good, the most noticeable difference is tighter groupings. I may chuck all 3 into the 1, but they'll fit on the head of pin. Or a roofing nail, at least.
26's so far this year: I've already lost count. :-)

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Addendum: if you're gonna throw in rhythm, you gotta know your outs. Or at least be a good guesser.
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Is your dog hand in the same position when throwing the third dart? I know of some people who drop their hand very low on the third dart. I always advise them to keep the same shape as if they still had another dart.
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ooooh nice Big- forgot about that
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(07-27-2014, 05:01 PM)Bigshow Wrote: Is your dog hand in the same position when throwing the third dart? I know of some people who drop their hand very low on the third dart. I always advise them to keep the same shape as if they still had another dart.
Fixed it! Noticed my dog hand dropped back without the weight of the dart in it causing my right shoulder to slightly move out of line, I just keep the dog hand now in the same position as if I had a dart in it as advised and get the same flight as the other two.Been trying to suss that out for months :s cheers fella.

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i used to hold my ribs with my dog hand when on last dart [bad habit]
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