The sport of darts is another pastime I really enjoy. It’s a game of skill and precision that almost anyone can really become good at with plenty of practice and a good set of starter darts to work with. Plus, it has international appeal, and no matter where you travel, your chances are good of picking up a game in most pubs or bars. If you’re a fan of the game of darts, South Africa boasts one of the liveliest scenes in terms of product lines and competitive events—in addition to your typical, friendly and informal game down at the corner pub.
When I first got into darts, beyond the casual, fooling-around-at-a-bar match between rounds, I was surprised to know how many different techniques there actually are. I feel that for any beginner, these are helpful to know, so I’ll give a brief rundown of those, as well as talk a bit about the best darts to start off with when learning the game.
Darts vary in size, depending on the heaviness and density of the metal used to make them. It’s a good idea to try several different types at a sporting goods store to see which fits your hand the most comfortably before committing to a set.
• Brass darts are the most affordable, and are fairly dense. They have a nice heavy feel, but due to the softness of this alloy, the machined grip on the shaft can wear down. This will result in a difference in “feel” when you take your turn, so be advised.
• Nickel-Silver darts are a little denser, but the metal is also soft, so keep that in mind.
• Tungsten is the densest, and is actually a blend of metals that create a durable, nicely weighted dart that won’t go soft on you over time.
• Shaft materials can include plastic, aluminum, or composite materials. The best material for your first dart set is likely a composite material, that won’t shatter or vibrate loose from the head over time.
• Keep a firm stance and don’t lean. Stand up straight and keep your elbow up.
• Don’t worry about force, just accuracy. Think about “placing” the dart, rather than throwing it.
• Hold your dart parallel to the floor, level and keep that position throughout your throw.
Darts are an excellent sport that will hone your hand-eye coordination and help you to increase your accuracy when gauging distances. It’s a life skill as well as a great way to have fun. If you’re looking to get started with darts, check out darts South Africa for more information.