How to Throw Darts Straight

Updated November 21, 2016

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Darts
  • Dart board
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