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Citation to Ralph Chavez! good advice here Guys.

Beware of Trying Too Hard!
By Ralph Chavez

When we try to get something extra out of our throw, we generally get results opposite of what we desire…even if we are lucky enough to occasionally hit the target. Beware of trying to get that extra something. Most of the time we end up pushing the dart towards the board with to much body movement. We lose our smooth throwing action.

Our smooth throwing action is a series of muscle movements, all in sequence. Any interference with that sequence, like trying too hard to hit the target, creates muscle tension. This muscle tension interrupts the smooth flow of our throw and causes errors in body action, our throw path, and ultimately, errors in where the dart lands in the board.

Trying to hard to hit the target actually causes an excess tightening of muscles which shortens the arc of your throw and reduces the necessary follow through of your hand towards the target. I call that chopping our throw and the dart goes off its intended path falling short or drifting to either side of our target. Trying for that extra something, especially with your last dart, is the cause of most mistakes while standing at the throw line.

A common mistake many average players make is that they think they must hit every dart in their intended target. The mistake is allowing one’s Ego to interfere with one’s smooth Eye-Mind-Muscle Co-ordination. Get off Ego! Accuracy and consistency is the goal. Not, Ego.

When throwing accurately, we are probably only throwing at about 70 to 80 percent of our maximum throwing ability, in terms of power and speed. This allows us to make a smooth, consistent swing in our throw, which gives us a more consistent arc or trajectory of our dart, and usually results in tighter grouping.

Don’t try and kill the board. After all, even if you do kill the board, you can’t eat it. That isn’t our goal. Right? All throwing too hard does is to create all kinds of problems in our consistency and accuracy. The perfect shot should just flow without us really knowing how it happened.

"All too often, we find ourself throwing not to miss instead of throwing with the confidence of knowing we will hit our target."

Keep in mind that it is better to land in your dart in the target wedge the majority of the time. Accomplishing this will build your confidence and reinforce that your line/path is good. Remember how much I push confidence? That’s what it’s all about baby. Confidence builds your belief in yourself and belief in yourself, even if it’s only the size of a mustard seed, can move mountains.

Here’s another something to think about. You should really focus on your first dart, laying it into the wedge giving your self-confidence a boost that your path to your target is good. This will help in setting up your next two darts. You will have the confidence of knowing your throwing line for those next two darts is on target.

If we try too hard on the first dart and miss, our confidence drops for the next throw. All too often, we find ourself throwing not to miss instead of throwing with the confidence of knowing we will hit our target. For example, if we are throwing at the 20 wedge, our mind set is trying to avoid the 5 or 1 wedges. In this case we are not trying to hit the 20 wedge as much as we are trying to miss the 5 and 1 wedges. Wrong mind set.

Relax, relax…make a smooth relaxed, rhythmic throw with a mind-set to hit into the center of your wedge. Well, only if you want a triple. The center of your wedge is the triple. If you only need a single, you should be pin-point focused about 1/2 inch inside the double wire for that target.

Pick a spot and do a nice relaxed, focused throw. Don’t think you have to hit a bull or triple every dart. That leads to ‘Trying to Hard.’ You may be suprised how many times your relaxed swing sends the dart into your target. Nothing Special, Nothing Extra…Keep Mushin’.
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Very good write up. It pretty much sums up my problems. I get my mind set of not hit a certain area but end up hitting it anyway.
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Thanks Saber,

Good read, useful information (to be expected of course Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.)

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Plus one from me!! Great stuff!!
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Yeah man, I completely agree. When I am relaxed and focused my darts fly very well, almost like there is a magnet behind the treble 20 bed. Almost all of my 180s were done when I was relaxed and fluid so I guess that's the trick of shooting well. Thing is after I throw well and I know I did it because I was relaxed, I find myself trying to focus too much, I get stiff and score a 26....
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I try to think "loose arm and wrist". I feel darts is much like golf with respect to not trying to do too much. I don't golf much and I don't consider myself a golfer. But I go out to the range occasionally to hit a few. I usually start out concentrating on a smooth swing and making good contact. Low and behold, the ball goes great. The minute I start thinking about swinging a little harder for some extra distance- out the door. The shanks begin. I think darts is much the same way. Smoothness is key. Good write up.
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This would explain why i was sitting at a 70 after 60 darts thrown at the 100 @ 20 and ended up with a 92 Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. I definitely felt like i was trying too hard and lost my stroke towards the home stretch.
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yep- relax
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Yeah I agree with that, I have those moments when everything is smooth and easy and relaxed and for a brief spell it feels like I cant miss, then I think my consciousness kicks in and snaps me out of it by slapping me in the face and asking me how did I do that?
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This is good advice. To relax is to be one with the dart. Whenever I am in a foul mood my first few throws are foul as well. Eventually I relax which is what I like about the process. Very relaxing to me. Also, I'm less fatigued after throwing when I relax
Thanks for posting this one for us to share
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(10-16-2014, 06:46 PM)SlingBlade Wrote: This is good advice. To relax is to be one with the dart. Whenever I am in a foul mood my first few throws are foul as well. Eventually I relax which is what I like about the process. Very relaxing to me. Also, I'm less fatigued after throwing when I relax
Thanks for posting this one for us to share

Agree wholeheartedly, If I go to our match on Tuesday night in a bad mood I will be all over the shop,
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+1 my friend. Great advice here.
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Well said and great advice Saber.
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Brilliant advice and once again the best advice is the simplest advice.
+1 for the share Saber
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Superpost!, thanks
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