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Fundamental Fun: How to Hold a Dart

Posted on June 26, 2017 by htdarts

Sounds simple, right? But think about it, the premise of the sport dictates that how you hold you darts is one of the most important skills that you can master. If you have been playing darts for a while or are completely new to the sport, you will at some point learn that you do not “throw” darts in the same way that you would throw any other object. With that in mind, here are High Tension’s top tips for improving your hand placement:

  • Keep your elbow up and at a straight angle, think of your arm as your stabiliser with as little movement as possible.
  • There should be no tension in your fingers; you are not holding a pen. It is often the case that most issues come from holding the dart too tightly rather than too loosely.
  • At first this may feel quite uncomfortable for many people, but aim to only hold the dart between your thumb and forefinger – this prevents over complication of the dart being misdirected by your other fingers.
  • Again, this sounds simple, but – keep the dart pointed straight at the board, do not angle the dart.
  • Many people assume that the reason their darts are falling too low on the board is due to a lack of power. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Our tip here is – imagine you are “placing” the dart on the board and not throwing it. Give it a try and see if you notice any improvements.

There is no secret when it comes to progressing, the most important tip we can give you is practice, practice and practice some more!