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How to hold the dart in your hand?

If you're wondering how to hold a dart the first thing you need to do and take a pencil or pen and grab it as if you were to throw it at a darts board.

Why is the grip so important?

The way to hold the dart is a key factor in finding the right darts set, let's see some examples:

Do you keep the dart in the front?

If you grab the dart from the front you could try one with the weight of distributed forward, a torpedo shaped for example.


Do you grab it evenly or in the middle?

If you have a central grip or that touches multiple points of the body of the dart it is advisable a cylindrical dart, with a pencil shapedbody.


Do you keep it in the back?

In the case of a back grip the body model that is right for you could be a scalloped body or a bullet shaped.


Shooting posture

It is said that the best position is the one where the shoulder line is perpendicular to the board. This position is very uncomfortable so, generally, the position is that shoulders and board for darts form an angle of 50-80 degrees. The position of the feet will consequently ensure balance and solidity during all phases of the dart launch. The feet should never be beyond the line of shot and the most advanced foot, and in which you load the weight, will be the one at the hand with which you make the throw: right for right-handed and left-handed for left-handers.

Depending on the position we get used to, we may notice a shift of a few centimeters between the tip of the foot that touches the line and the center of the line. To always be consistent in shooting helps to have as reference a dartline with ruler as the PRO firing line of Bull's Darts . During the races it is forbidden to step on the line but many professionals prefer to lean on it and extend the body beyond this to have a, albeit minimal, advantage in terms of distance from the center.

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Dart Shot

The goal must be to have a technique that is always repeatable and constant. After understanding the position of the feet and body that allows you good stability and a fluid and linear movement to launch you have to focus on the movement of the arm.

The shooting stages are: Aim, Load, Acceleration and Launch.

Before analyzing them, let us remember that the pull of a dart tends to be a parable that is initially described by our arm. For this reason the longer the movement that we will make the more precise the shooting will be.

In the aiming phase we will align the dart with the point of the board that we want to hit; We will then load the arm backwards in order to gain strength and throw the arm forward making sure that the fulcrum of our grip, the point where thumb and second finger tighten the body of the dart, follow the parabola that we tried in the aiming phase. When we are at the far point of the parabola, before the movement of our arm begins to point the dart down, we will have the release or launch of the dart that will continue its flight until the board.

In the case of darts steel we will make sure that the dart is stuck in the board at an upward angle and in this we will help us with lighter shafts and wider flights.

In the case of plastic-tipped darts soft tip we will make sure that the dart travels more parallel to the ground and in this will help us shafts a little heavier and flights with less surface.

In case our shot is not stable in flight we will check that our handle is in the correct spot, that is, just behind the center of gravity of the dart. If necessary we can work on the length of the shafts or on the use of inserts such as Bull's Darts weight gain to find an optimal balance.

Each technique will then be personal so only training will allow you to find the right movement and will allow you to figure out how to customize your dart to fit your style. Remember that just trying and retrying your launch will become natural and spontaneous. Like when you have to throw a paper ball in the trash, you will no longer think about trajectory, strength or anything else, but you will focus only on the board.

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