How to increase my accuracy at darts

Updated April 17, 2017

The game of darts is believed to have originated in the late 1800s in England, after which the details of the game were established and popularity of the game spread around the world. A favourite pastime for some and a professional sport for others, in the game of darts players compete against one another by aiming and throwing darts at a dartboard. There are different tips and techniques you can use to increase your accuracy at darts and improve as a player.

Wait some time to focus before throwing the dart. Even if you have a lot of practice playing darts, it helps to wait a few seconds before you throw.

Stand properly. One of the most common mistakes players make is standing incorrectly, and this can throw off your aim. Having the proper stance sets up your entire game. Line your body up across from the bullseye on the dartboard, with your leading foot turned sideways to the oche (the line players stand behind when throwing darts, also known as the throw line or toe line), and your knees slightly bent.

Grip the dart correctly. Although professionals of the game claim there is no specific right or wrong grip, you do need to hold the dart snugly without gripping it too tight, ensuring it feels comfortable in your fingers and always maintaining a relaxed, yet firm grip. You should hold the dart just tightly enough to keep it from falling out of your fingers. While working to come up with an effective technique that works for you, try a more basic grip, using two fingers and the thumb on your throwing hand, spreading the rest of your fingers up and off the dart for the most effective release.

Aim the dart in the right direction. Have at least your pinky finger and ring finger left free, and rather than closing these fingers into your palm, keep them open and away from the dart. Aim the dart with the tip slightly upwards from the dartboard, as you want to achieve a slight curve to the throw rather than aiming straight toward the bullseye in the centre of the board.

Throw the dart. Move your forearm backward as you prepare to release the dart, and bring your forearm and elbow down smoothly on the follow through. Keep your shoulders straight and down, keeping focus on your throwing arm. Professional darts champion Phil Taylor advises players to "imagine there is a chalk line from your target running down the wall and across the floor."

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