We all have that favorite activity we like to do during our free time. For some people, they will prefer to go for long drives, alone listening to music. But for others, the ideal way to spend the weekend and their free time is playing the game of darts. Darts has over the years been a great way to pass the time not only with friends but also with people you've just met.
Whether you like it hardcore or casual, darts is a game of finesse that anyone can enjoy at any particular time. But unlike many traditional games played at bars and pubs, darts has gained popularity to the extent where large bodies are now governing it.
That means there are a few rules that apply to the games of darts. With that in mind, read on to find out more about the technique of throwing darts, the configurations of the dartboard, and the different ways you can play the game.
How to Understand Configurations of the Dartboard
The first and most essential thing you need to understand is that every dartboard is usually the same. In essence, every dartboard has the numbers 1-20 written successively all around the board. Therefore, when playing darts, you will throw your dart into the different sections of the board as you count your points.
1. The Dartboard Sections
The dartboard is further divided into different distinct sections. Each section carries specific points. When you throw a dart, and it lands on the outer green or red area, the player scores double the number of points allocated for that section. For instance, if you throw your dart and it lands in the green or red area under number 15, you will score 30 points.
However, if the dart lands on the inner red or green section, the player will score triple the section's points. Instead of scoring 30 points, if the dart lands on the inner red or green section under 15, they will score 45 points.
2. The Bullseye
The center of the dartboard is known as the bullseye. The bullseye is usually split into two distinct sections. There is the inner red section that players refer to as the double bull or cork. On the other hand, the outer green section is the single bull or just bull.
If the player throws a dart and it lands on the outer green part of the bullseye, they score 25 points. But if they throw a dart and it lands on the red part of the bullseye, they score double that, which is- 50 points.
3. The Rest of the Board
The rest of the dartboard is usually split into 20 individual sections. A particular number represents each section. Therefore, if a player throws a dart and lands on either the yellow or black section of the dartboard, they score the exact number of points. For instance, if a player throws a dart and lands on the single part area of 15, the player will achieve only 15 points.
Techniques of Throwing a Dart
Understanding the configurations of the dartboard alone won't guarantee you that you will play a good game. It would be best if you also mastered the techniques of throwing a dart.
i. Get ready for the stance
First, you will need to get ready for the stance. Although it can be incredibly tempting to lean forward or backward, that will give you less stability than if you stood upright. With that in mind, if you are a right-handed player, it would be best if you keep your right foot in front and the left foot at the back.
Therefore, most of the weight will rest on the right foot. But be careful not to lean forward more than needed. On the other hand, if you are a left-handed player, you will need to keep your left foot in front and the right foot at the back. That means most of the weight will rest on your left foot.
ii. Firmly Plant your Feet to the Ground
When throwing the dart, you must keep both your feet firmly planted to the ground. That will give you the much-needed balance throughout your throw. Any instability when making your throw may force you to either push or pull the dart in the unintended direction, and we don't need that.
iii. Place Your Fingers Correctly on the Dart
Before throwing your dart, you also need to ensure you place your fingers correctly. Ensure you take the dart in the palm of your dominant hand. Run your fingers through the dart until you find the ideal center of gravity. When you find the center, place your thumb a bit behind the center of gravity. You can put at least two or four fingers on the dart, whatever feels comfortable for you.
iv. Keep your Dart's Tip Slightly Up Then Move It Straight Forward and Backward as You Can
When throwing your dart, you need to avoid any extraneous movements that will hinder your dart from flying straight forward. The right way to do it is by keeping your dart's tip facing up a little then moving the dart straight forward and backward as much as you can.
v. Launch the Dart Straight Forward
Before we proceed, you need to understand that throwing your dart too hard is not only unnecessary but also dangerous. To stick the dart on your dartboard, you don't need excess force. The game essentially tests who can throw their darts with accuracy and precision. Not to try who is the strongest in the room. Be careful not to hurt your playing partners.
Well, now there you have it; the basics on how to play darts game. I hope with this information; you can perfect your skill and learn how to play darts like a pro. But if you are just a beginner, you will need to be a little more patient. But, to be good at darts game, you need to take your time and master the art.