How to Throw Darts Straight

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How to Throw Darts Straight
Throwing darts straight is the key to winning more matches. (3 darts image by Aliaksei Hintau from Fotolia.com)

Darts has been a popular activity in bars and pubs for over 100 years. It is a relatively simple game in theory; throw a small dart at a board about eight feet away. Excelling at darts entails being accurate with your throws. Years of practice might be required to acquire proficiency and consistent aim. Achieving a higher skill level is very possible if a person adheres to fundamental techniques.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Darts
  • Dart board

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Point your lead foot directly at the dart board. Your lead foot is on the same side as your throwing arm; if you throw right-handed, position your right foot to point at the board. Point your off-foot to the side at a 60-degree angle.

  2. 2

    Point the shoulder of your throwing arm toward the dart board. Keep this shoulder still through the throwing motion.

  3. 3

    Move your throwing arm's elbow so it is slightly below your lead shoulder. Your elbow will move upward, and finish slightly higher than your lead shoulder.

  4. 4

    Keep your wrist in a locked position through the throw. The fewer moving parts, the less likely you will make a mistake.

  5. 5

    Focus your eye at the spot on the dart board you wish to hit. The more you practice aiming, the better you will be at hitting your target.

  6. 6

    Smoothly accelerate your arm and wrist through the throwing motion. Starts and stops will throw off the motion and your aim.

  7. 7

    Follow-through so that your hand still aims at the target after releasing the dart. Do not let your arm "fall down" after the release; this will drive the dart lower. Keep your arm in a straight, slightly upward position after release.

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