Grip 101: The Basics of Holding Darts

Here's How to Hold the Dart Effectively

Man holding dart
Keep your hand steady and smooth, ease on the pressure!. Tetra Images/Getty Images

The dart is a very fine object. Small and light, meaning it can be held in a variety of ways. Now, whilst how you grip it with your finger placement is entirely your choice, it has to be your decision. There are a whole host of ways to grip the dart, but there are still some essential basics you can follow to ensure you're doing everything right.

With everything to consider when throwing a dart - from how you hold it to how to actually throw it, it's important to remember there isn't a right or wrong way to do anything.

Everything is unique to you! There are some things to keep in mind though when holding the dart.

Keep The Tip Up

The tip of the dart (or, the point) is the part of the dart that penetrates the board so, naturally, it'll have to be at the right angle to ensure it does its job. It should be pointing up, or at least level (as the picture shows). A dart that is pointing downwards becomes incredibly hard to throw accurately, as it can leave your hand in an uncomfortable manner. It's such a simple tip that many beginners overlook. Keep an eye on your dart as it leaves your hand, and if the tip is pointing up, that's this basic checked off!

Don't Hold Too Tight

Now, this is a tricky one that again is overlooked. Some people think holding the dart as tight as possible will lead to a more steady throwing action. Wrong! In fact, you couldn't be more wrong when it comes to darts. Darts is all about feeling comfortable and feeling relaxed.

How are you going to feel comfortable when you're holding your weapon of choice so tight you can't throw it smoothly? To throw darts well requires a good touch, and that all comes from having a nice relaxed grip. Some of the best players even have grips that barely grip the dart, but again, it's all on you.


Know Your Darts

Darts come in all different weights and sizes, so it's important to become accustomed to what you're trying to throw. Find your dart's center of gravity by resting it in the palm of your hand to give you a real feel of the dart. That can help you to understand how much force needs to be put into your particular throw. Or, try throwing with different weights of darts to really understand the difference.

Finger Placement

Some people use two, some people use three, and some people even use four! I'm referring to fingers used to hold the dart of course and, whilst it is important to have control of the dart when you're throwing it, it's just as important to keep an eye on the fingers that aren't touching the dart. These are referred to as your "free fingers", and should be kept away from the dart to avoid stray touches.

Darts are incredibly light objects, and even the slightest graze against a free finger can transform a good throw into a horrendous one! Keep them open too; some people think that closing their free fingers can result in a better grip, when actually, all it does is causes unwelcome tension in the throwing arm, leading to a darting disaster!

It is important to stress that your grip should be individual to you, that's a must in darts.

Remember, though, some things are universal, including these handy tips. Don't make the mistake some people do, maximize the potential of your grip!