Have you ever watched a professional game of darts? If so, I bet your mind must have been blown by how pros manage to throw their darts so consistently. In fact, you must have been excited by how they make it seem extremely easy. However, most people don't seem to understand how the darts fly when thrown to the dartboard. While you may think that the darts fly in a straight line, that's not always the case.
Basically, a dart travels on a parabolic curve. Just imagine an oval shape or probably the top part of the sun. Although it's hardly noticeable, the dart moves up then down the curve. Therefore, if you want to throw your dart with ultimate precision, you need to make your dart follow through the curve.
With that in mind, this article will be focused on how darts fly. What's more, we will cover how to make the perfect aims and how to follow through after the throw for the ideal release. Also, we will cover any other information that may be relevant to the topic.
Precision of Dart Flights
As we mentioned earlier, the dart moves up the parabolic curve, then downwards. But if you throw your dart too fast, it may fail to follow that curve, and there won't be much precision in your throw. It's common sense that speed reduces accuracy.
With that in mind, scientists at Yale and Harvard researched and discovered the ideal speed to throw your dart should be 5.1- 5.5 meters per second. If you are not sure how to achieve that speed when you throw your dart, you should probably consider recording yourself when playing.
You should check the timer from when you release the dart to the time it hits the dartboard, then dividing it by the distance from the throw line to the dartboard. Professional dart players shoot at a speed of 5.8- 6.7 meters per second, and that's what you should aim at achieving.
How to Properly Aim Your Darts
Considering the distance that a dart needs to travel in flight, it's advisable that when throwing your dart, you tilt it upwards instead of throwing it directly forward towards the board. That is because darts fly in a parabolic curve.
That means; when you throw your dart, it has two symmetrical curves. There is the upward curve when the dart leaves your hand and the backdown curve when the dart reaches the dartboard. However, how high or low the curve is, depends on certain factors.
For instance, the angle and force in which the dart is thrown affect the curve's positioning. The ideal angle for throwing your dart should be 5-10 degrees. As for the force of your throw, you can only determine that through practice. If you notice that your dart ends up falling too low at the end of the flight, there is a chance that you need to use a little more force.
How to Achieve the Proper Release When Throwing Your Darts
While you may assume that the only important thing you need to pay attention to is the throw, the release is equally important. Even if you know how to achieve the perfect throw, if you don't know how to follow it through to the board, you will still end up with a wobbling dart mid-flight. It may even end up spraying off to the sides of your dartboard. That said, in this section, we will discuss a few things that will ensure you achieve the ideal throw with your darts.
1. The Ideal Time to Release the Fingers
Essentially, the release of your fingers from the dart during a throw should be a quick motion that you should actively know you are doing. It's more like ripping off a band-aid. That said, if you can't energetically feel as you release your fingers, you are probably holding on to the dart for too long.
And that may lead to an unnecessary drag in your throw. That may also impact the flight of your dart and cause the dart to wobble while in flight. So, as soon as your arm has moved three-quarter way, remove your fingers quickly, then follow through the rest of the throw.
2. The Right Follow Through
Following through after you release your dart is an equally important aspect in the games of darts, just like in golf and baseball. The follow-through highly impacts the trajectory and force of the dart.
So, make sure that your elbow doesn't fall after the release, as that may consequentially cause the dart to also drop in flight. You must keep your elbow and arm in an upward position like it was just after the release.
3. Prevent the Wobbling
One of the significant challenges that beginners experience is that their darts wobble while traveling towards the dartboard. Essentially, if you understand why your dart wobbles, it will be easier for you to prevent it.
Mostly, the dart wobbles while in flight because you either threw it down or straight. Whereas, the right way to throw your dart is when angled upward along the parabolic curve. Also, the wobbling may occur if you arm or elbow is not stable when throwing or releasing your dart.
Despite having all this information at your fingertips, the only best way to become good at throwing your darts is through practice. You can even try out modeling where you pick a professional darts player with who you may have similar styles with then learn how to play like them.
But to master the game, you also need to practice a lot. That will improve your accuracy and precision. And as we can all agree, there is never a one-hack-fits-all hack for precision. You need to follow through with your guidelines if you want to become good at the game.
But the one thing you should not forget is that to achieve precision with your throws; you need to be calm of all emotions. Also, you will need to recall your ideal body position over and over again at the time of release.
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