Playing darts is a great way to gather with your companions and engage in a little friendly competition. Whether you’re serious about the game or just looking for a fun way to pass the time, McIntyre’s wants to provide you with a little information and skill to get you started!
We hope by the time you are done reading this, you can tell your friends how to play darts over your next round at McIntyre’s.
The Most Common Game
Darts is a popular pub sport that is most commonly played in the United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland and the United States. While there are many variations of games that can be played with darts, the most common game is one with numbers ending in -01.
The player will throw three darts at the board, to reduce a fixed score such as 501, 301, to zero, with the final dart landing in the bull’s-eye or a double segment. This game is usually played between two players, or two teams taking turns to throw three darts each.
Skills and Techniques
Now that you’re ready to play the game, it is time to learn some tips on how to be a champ at the game!
Your grip must be solid and relaxed. The grip should be stable and firm, yet must not put tension on the muscles of your fingers. Many mistakes are made during the game if your grip is too firm.
Aim and direct! The most important part of your grip is that you must be able to keep the end of the dart point facing up, aiming at your target.
Use at least three fingers, to provide you more regulation and control for speed and acceleration. Finger coordination is essential for release.
In life you will constantly be told to put your best foot forward. Well, in the case of darts, your right foot is your best foot. When aiming, a player should set an even line of their eye, dart and target.
Be sure to distribute your weight. When beginning to assume your stance, your weight will mainly rest on the forward foot. Regardless of how you choose to distribute your weight, your posture should remain firm and unshakeable. The front foot should remain on the ground of the floor.
The more you lean forward, the closer you will reach the board however, the more unbalanced your throw will become.
When throwing, it may be natural to lift your leg, but we encourage you to resist the urge. Lifting your leg when throwing may cause you to lose your balance.
Now that you’re equipped with all the dart knowledge you could possibly need, come visit us in Toms River! If you’re already a champ, remember Tuesday nights in the fall and spring are dart league nights! With some time until spring, you’ll have plenty of time to practice! ‘Like’ on Facebook to find out more about our pub!