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Techniques For Properly Aiming Darts Due to the length a dart needs to travel in flight, it is recommended to tilt the dart slightly upwards versus directly forward at the board. Darts should fly in what is called a parabolic curve, which means it has two symmetrical curves - upwards when it leaves your hand and back down when it reaches the.

How to hold and throw darts

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Holding the dart.

If you have watched people play darts in any establishment or on TV then you will have noticed the grip of the dart varies from player to player and so do the darts!

There isn’t one dart fits all. So, buying an expensive set of darts to start off with won’t necessarily give you instant success. Finding a dart that suits you will depend on several factors. Your height and your hand span being two major factors. The weight of darts varies too and we look at dart options later.

The basic grip of the dart for those of you who have never played before is the pen grip, i.e. just as you would hold a pen! Variations on this grip will naturally follow but to start this is the grip you should use.

For new throwers, the dart should also be held at the balance. So if you are using a long-barrelled dart hold it over one finger until you find the ideal holding point. With tear shaped darts this will be nearer the front barrel. The shaft and flight used will also have an influence on the best hold.

Your grip with naturally develop with play, however, a starting point helps and minor adjustments to your natural style will develop from here.

The Throw

I have come to realise that websites and books are totally different things when it comes to relaying information. On the web, viewers tend to want answers quickly and to the point unlike books and research papers when more in-depth explanations can be warranted. The throw is a basic hand-eye coordination, however, a few principles will help keep the dart true and consistent.

The drawback of the throwing arm should be so the point of the dart is always drawn straight! If you imagine a line running down through the centre of the dartboard and along the floor to the centre of the oche line (throw line) then firstly this is where your lead foot should be. The drawback of the arm/dart should follow this imaginary line. If you are playing darts at home you might wish to draw a line to help you or mark the oche throw line to help position yourself for each throw.

With the arm and dart drawn back, you are ready to throw. It is important that you look directly at the point of the dartboard you wish to hit. With this drawback, the intention is to throw for the twenty through the three i.e. the centre part of the board (see diagram)

Either use the treble twenty or the bullseye initially as a Practice target. You should not aim the dart using the full extension of the arm! This is the most common mistake for beginners. The aim of the dart should be the release point of the dart. To initially gauge this, the forearm will be vertical (pivotal point). Adjust your back foot by bringing this nearer or further away from your lead foot to adjust your height as this will ultimately adjust the throw. Your height will also have a bearing on this. The throw should be swift and the release of the dart should be at the pivotal point. If you are focusing on the target, the release point will come naturally. However, if you are not then you will lose the control of the dart and it will drift to the left or right.

Aiming at a small target rather than large will help more than hinder so the bullseye is a good Practice target as well as the treble.

When throwing the dart allow your arm to follow through after you release the dart just as if you were playing tennis, when you strike a ball with a racket. If you don’t follow through you remove the power out of the dart and it will drop quickly.


You should never allow your back foot to come off the ground. This not only takes the power out of the dart. This also affects your balance and you will ultimately find it harder to gain a consistently good throw. There are very few players that have this technique and it is one that I don’t endorse for those reasons.

Once the dart has landed note where the fall extension of your arm is. If it is to the left or right on the target then your dart will also be left or right of the target. Adjust your stance accordingly to straighten the throw. It is important to give yourself feedback and if observing someone else record what is working and what is not. A slight adjustment with the throw or stance or combination of the two will make a major difference when you are throwing at targets that are relatively small.

Here a demonstration:

The photo here is to show the dart and eye alignment. This photo shows the Aim, the point of release and as you see the dart is in line with the eye line. The player slightly lent forward i.e. weight on the lead foot. This player was relatively new to darts by with a short period of coaching and feedback the darts were flying true and a fun evening was had by all.

Remember darts should be fun so enjoy the sport. However, it is always worth putting in the Practice if you want to play better.

My Thanks for my sister Susan and brother-in-law for posing for the photographs here. As you see we all had a bit of fun.

For more information about how you can improve your game have a look at the Practice routines, I have on my site. This section of the site is viewed by thousands of viewers and the 180 around the clock! Practice/game has proved a bit hit. I have seen several postings on forums about this Practice routine and you will even find postings on YouTube.

Also please see other Practice routines on this site:

But how do you start to practice darts to improve as fast as possible?

Many people get their first experience with darts at a pub drinking beer with friends and shooting some darts. But if you want to improve and take your darts skills above the bars and the beers you have to take your practice seriously. In darts, it’s just as important (or even more) as in every skill sport.

A good mix of everyday darts training routines should contain:

Practice Doubles:

Doubles Boomerang, Doubles Lock, DAW, Doubles Down, 420, NDR.

Practice Outs:

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Grind Out, Catch 40, Frustration, Checkouts, Hubbe, 121.

Practice High Scores:

100 darts @, Priestleys Trebles, JDC, Exponential Bundle.

Practice under Pressure:

Thriller, Levels, Mikko’s Megatrain, Frustration, Pivot Bundle.

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Practice darts needs focus and intention

Don’t just randomly throw your darts at the board or only try to hit triple 20’s.
You need to dedicate quality practice time every day. It is far better to practice an hour a day than 7 hours each Sunday. For each dart, it is important to focus on your dart throwing technique. Slow down and think the throw through. Spend time with different practicing routines and your overall scoring will improve.

Good advice is to not practice 301 or 501 as you might be frustrated with your hits as you play. Play 301 and 501 with your friends, at the pub, in the league, or at the PDC finals.
You should instead practice to aim and hit selected scores or areas (e.g. bullseyes, doubles, and triples) a predetermined amount of times so that you will get experienced at hitting the required shot every time you aim and throw the dart. That’s why there’s a lot of different training applications on this site.

By varying your practice methods you will keep focus better as well. Another important thing is to track your progress when practicing.
With graphs and statistics showing your improvement will make you more confident which will also affect your scoring in a good way. It will also help to reveal parts of your dart game that need special attention.
Another important thing is to practice regularly to get your muscle memory settled. It’s way better to practice one hour per day than to practice seven hours each Sunday.

But there are more ways to practice darts. The most important thing is that you enjoy the game and love to throw darts. Reading about darts and watching darts games on TV or Youtube is also a good way to get better in darts.
If you get inspired reading about darts or watching a darts game it is more likely that you’ll enjoy the next practice session and that’s a good start to get better in darts.

Warming up before training darts

Warming up is as important in darts as in any precision sport. Start using a specific warm-up routine will also help your confidence. Many players start warming up by just trying to hit the 20’s. If you do, don’t immediately go for the triple 20’s. Instead just focus on getting your arm loose, follow through your throw and release all tensions. Do this your first 10 minutes of warming up.
After that part, it is a good idea to start picking different high numbers and try to hit the triples for another 5 minutes of your warm-up routine. If you don’t do a proper physical warm-up it is difficult to really focus on your throwing technique.

Practice High Scores

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A consistent high scoring player is more likely to win a game. You really need to hit high scores to get really good at darts.
That’s why it is crucial to practice your treble 20’s, 19’s, 18’s, and Bull’s. A fun practicing routine that is easy and quick is to hit one dart at treble 20, one dart at treble 19, and the last one aiming for a bullseye. Do this 10 times and count your hits.
Practice and keep aiming for hitting 80+, 100+, 120+, 140+, and the ultimate 180!
If you are in a match and can score 20 or more than your opponent you will have a great advantage when you come to finish. It may often mean you will have the first try for the double, even if you didn’t start the leg.

Practice Doubles

It’s a terrible feeling to have a large lead in a 501 game but still end up losing because of missed doubles.
You need to practice your doubles regularly but having a good strategy will also improve your accuracy.

Practice Checkouts

It is also important to practice with some kind of competition or pressure. During match play, you will feel the pressure all the time so it’s good to be prepared and use to throw under pressure.
It is also great practice to aim for double numbers that can be divided by 2. If you have 32 left and hit a single 16 you can aim for double 8 instead. And if you then hit a single 8 you have another try at double 4. If you start by hitting double 19 and instead hit a single 19 you’re on an odd number and need at least two darts to finish the leg.
20, 10, 5
16, 8, 4, 2, 1
12, 6 3

How to become a good darts player?

Well practice makes perfect is an old expression but that’s what it’s all about.
You need to take your darts training seriously and really try to focus on your dart throwing technique, polish the flaws, and vary your practicing sessions. A lot of players set up a camera to film the throwing and study it in slow motion. That way they can compare the throws of the first, second, and third dart.
Use our applications to make the practice sessions focused and more fun.