Over the course of my sporting life darts has been there all along, we played it at the cricket clubs, with mates at a driving range but I have never played it competitively until this year and I am enjoying it thoroughly, it has hooked me in with a passion.
Dart’s has three components, in my opinion, the dart itself, setting up a training board at home and finally finding a club to play at. I will break these down in stages for you.
Your darts are the key to enjoying the game and I can’t recommend strongly enough that you find a local darts store (LDS) to begin with that will let you try the darts out before you buy. This way you can get tips along the way to help you grow your knowledge and setup your darts correctly.
Darts come in two styles Brass and Tungsten.
Brass darts have been around for decades but as tungsten darts developed they are now considered the social dart, don’t get me wrong they work fine as with most sporting equipment things evolve. Brass darts are quite thick in the barrel and that’s the main difference between the two, the other is variety, tungsten you have a lot to choice and the final one is price brass darts are way cheaper than tungsten.
Brass darts start under $10 and go to about $25 from your LDS. you can buy a complete set of darts, board and Case for around $100.00 but if you wish to get into competitive darts I suggest you don’t start here.
As with all equipment, darts hasn’t been left behind on the technology front. This style of dart came to prominence in the mid-’80s along with an influx of dart manufacturers. These darts are slimmer allow weight distribution on all parts of the dart barrel and are more accurate from the design.
Today all the manufacturers have their player darts and then there own designs on top of this, so your choice is limitless.
So how do you select your darts, well this is entirely up to you, most professional players use a 22-gram dart, however, they are as light as 12 gram and heavier to 28 grams. The darts I use on a regular basis are 25 grams or 26 grams depending on how I fell on the day.
How do you choose it comes back to trying the weight of the dart is the first my suggestion would be to start at 22-23 grams as most darts come in odd or even weight.
Spend time throwing as many at these weights, then go up in weight 24-25 you will see a difference in the flight of the dart, I would also suggest using the shafts and flights that come with the darts you are trying. We will get into shafts and flights in another post.
Once you have worked out the weight you can start playing with the grip and Barrel length, I personally like a long grippy barrel due to the way I hold the dart. The way you first pick up the dart will be more than likely the way you stick to throwing the dart.
The beauty of darts is that you can get the same darts as your favourite player or go for something different from any of the manufacturers. Once you have worked out the barrel that you like it is then you can start playing around with shafts and flights.
So where is a good place to start well my set up works so that could be a good starting point I use the RVB 95% Tungsten darts here is the review
If you would like something that is still a good option but wants to stick to a budget the Formula Sports FSA 380 are excellent the review is here
So once you have selected your darts, let’s look at dart boards, surrounds and setups
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