How to Throw Darts

Improve Your Game of Darts with These Throwing Tips

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So, you've just got into darts, and you've learned the basics of how to throw darts. You might even be getting quite good at the great game that is darts...perhaps you are even thinking about joining a league. If you are getting serious about darts, you might be thinking about how you can take your throwing action to the next level. If you are, read on for some useful tips on how to improve your darts game.

Dart-Throwing Basics

Don't forget, the key to throwing well is consistency. Everyone throws with different styles and different grips, but your throwing action should always be comfortable and, more importantly, consistent. While these tips will take your game to the next level, never forget the simple mechanics that build a good dart action. Try different throwing styles before deciding on the one that suits you best, then practice and practice until your individual throwing action becomes second nature.

Minimize Your Movement

Only the throwing arm moves when you throw a dart. Don't be swayed by other people moving all parts of their body; they've developed that on their own. Your shoulder is one of the most important parts of the body when throwing darts, as it has to stay still. Your darts will stray off course if your shoulder is moving. It sounds simple, but it is something you have to remember.

A steady action is a key to some big success in front of that dart board, so practice doing it while staying conscious about your arm. Try and keep everything still except the throwing arm.

Stay Consistent on the Release

Something that is hotly debated amongst darts players all the over the world is when to release the dart in your throw.

Some people throw early in their action, while others leave it until the very last minute. So when do you do it? Well, the answer is simple -- you do it when it suits you. Work out in practice by tinkering with the time you release the dart. There will be a point in the action when it becomes incredibly comfortable for you and, in a similar way to other parts of your throwing mechanism, it will become second nature.

Snap That Wrist

When darts players say "snapping" the wrist, they mean crisply releasing of the dart. You may see some people simply letting the dart float out of their hand -- that is without a doubt the wrong way to do it. When you're learning the game, one of the most important things is to throw with some force. A nice smooth, clean throw coupled with snapping your wrist like a whip when you release will combine to make a superb throwing action!

Follow Through

Always follow through that throw; never let it finish before your arm has completed its job. Great players in any sport that involves the hand do the same, think about basketball for example. A good rule of thumb is that your fingers should be pointing to the floor when your action is complete; if they're pointing upwards then you aren't following through correctly.

Again, there are many things you can do to ensure a good throwing action. What these pointers will do, however, is ensure that you are on the road to success!