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Bottlesen Darts: GT Hammerhead and Precision Grip
Product Name: Bottlesen Hammerhead GT 24g and Precision Grip 25g


Rating: HH GT's 9/10 Precision Grip: 9/10

Pros: Both sets are very well engineered, and feel very nice to hold. They have great balance and seem to be weighted perfectly, I would say that the GT's fly a bit better than the precision Grip.

Cons: Quite obviously its the high cost, and the expensive replacement parts. Also the fact that you are limited to using Bottlesen Shafts, although there are different sizes available.

My review:

I have two sets of Bottlesens. I have a set of 24g GT Hammerhead (the £99 ones), and a set of 25g Precision Grip.

I am a very average player so probably not the best to judge how great a dart is, but I do have over 200 sets so I have tried a lot of different types.

The first set I got were the Precision Bottlesens, and I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the darts as the last set I had with moveable points were some Winmau Cyclones and they made an irritating jangly noise everytime I threw them. Not so with the Bottlesens they made no noise and the action of the moveable points was very smooth. I liked the grip of these darts and the balance was very nice. As I said I'm only an average player but these darts almost seemed to be magnetised towards the treble and I came close to getting a 180 on two throws, and its a long time since I got that close.

When I got the GT Bottlsens, I noticed that the point action was not as smooth, don't know why that should be. But the GT darts feel even better in the fingers, I don't know what the barrels are coated with but even though they are smooth they feel very grippy. I have to say that the GT's are very well balanced if you like a front weighted dart, they flew even better than the precision darts and once again I was hitting a lot more trebles than I usually do. I let my friend have a go and he too remarked on how well balanced they were and how well they fly, he was impressed by them.

Of course it could be just a case of new darts syndrome, as I have just put them in my "to try later" pile of darts, as I'm still trying a lot of darts so have not given them a prolonged go yet. But I am impressed with them but I still cannot understand where the high cost is justified.

I think the way the barrels are kind of incorporating part of the shaft is probably why they have a great balance though.

The only justificaton of the high cost I can think of is the fact that they come in a very nice metal case that has a fake crocodile skin pvc cover, and that they come with extra shafts and a mini tool for changing the points and re-tightening them if they need it. The way the darts are engineered must be the main reason for the high price, as well as the coating which is hard to describe but kind of feels like a rubbery sensation.

I doub't if I would pay the full price for them though, for as much as I like them I could never say they are a must buy at the price, so feel free to knock off a point and a half from my score out of 10 when paying full price. If you get the chance to get them cheaper or don't mind paying the full whack then I would say definitely try them.

I felt very tempted to give them a 10/10 score but as I have not played with them for a great length of time was reluctant to do so. But might give an update later on when I have had more time with them, due to various joint problems I can only play a couple of hours a week so its a bit frustrating for me.

Hopefully my pics will show below, and I have one with the Precision Grip taken apart.

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Hope that helps anyone whos interested in them, any questions just ask and I will try to help.
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griff10

great write up getagrip.. i've always liked the quality from the bottelsen company

Bovrilheid

Thanks for the write up grip.......but they are a huge price for a dart. Do many pros use them? I can't justify the price they are.....plus I don't want to turn into a serial collector mr Grip!!!!!!

Getagrip

Yeah they do make very good quality darts, and the price is an issue and I dont fully know the reasons for the high price, but I think they are all hand made and very well engineered so that may be a factor.

McInnis180

Buy them in the UK......25% cheaper....just bought a set of Original Hammerheads from Darts Corner...paid under $100.....USA Price...$149 and up! Have a set of Mega Thrusts as well...love these darts!!!!!!

Getagrip

Strange really how Darts corner are cheaper than U.S. retailers?

McInnis180

No it isn't...US always over charges....lol I can have something flown over the ocean and be cheaper than getting it next door...and than pay duty charges on top of that...lol.On your GT's Grip.....the slick stick re-placement tops for the titanium slick sticks, will fit your GT's as well!!!

CanadianBacon

nice darts. they're pretty popular in my league. a couple of my mates throw hammerheads. i do like the fact that they spin freely once in the board.

mc1958

I like the look of a few of the Bottelsen's and would love to have a set or three - but I can't really justify the price either unless I win the lottery

Getagrip

McInnis180 wrote:
No it isn't...US always over charges....lol I can have something flown over the ocean and be cheaper than getting it next door...and than pay duty charges on top of that...lol.On your GT's Grip.....the slick stick re-placement tops for the titanium slick sticks, will fit your GT's as well!!!


Ah I never knew that, cheers!!

minty

I've owned Hammerheads as well - had a set of Gorilla Grips. The grip was amazing for the first while until it eventually wore off. I like the phrase "no bounce". I didn't find any difference in bounce outs than with a regular point.

Saber

Sorry,
over priced IMO and the Hammerhead thing is too gimmicky for me. Another thing to go wrong. KISS
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Nice darts
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want to update this as I have the Precision Grips and they accept any standard Shaft/Stem.
Target Precision Pioneer 25g, LStyle Champagne Pear Flights, LStyle Silent Shafts 260's, 30mm Storm Points.
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have they altered them then, I bought those about 2 years ago now?
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Not sure when but they must have. I only been in the game a year. And since started all Hammer Heads Darts i owned or tried use standard shafts. The GTs still use the special thread.

I have them up for sale there is a picture there check it out. Have. Set of standard spinners on there
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That company makes quality darts

I was presented with a set of 24g 2014 Mega Thrust Darts as a gift, cant throw them to save myself so in the collection they go.. great writeup Grip
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still got the precisions, they are very nicely made but the point is not so great I dont think, I like the Voks EL-C point system better.
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My Mega Thrusts sit in the collection and are still with the cardboard sleeve that comes around the wallet.. dislike them intensley although a great dart, personal dislike for my hand that is
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Wazza

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