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April 19, 2012

Have you ever played darts with a friend who was just not as good of a player as you are?  Or vise versa - you played darts with someone who kicked your butt and you wished he had given you a handicap?  I thought it might be helpful to post a little bit of information on how to handle handicapping.  It can be a little complicated so I recommend being educated about it before starting a game with someone who does not match your skill level.

Handicapping is when a player is given special privileges in order to make the opponents more equal due to the superiority of one other player.

Some general examples of how to handicap are:

Handicapping a 2-Player 301 Game

  1.  Each player throws 90 darts in three 30-dart sets.
  2. After the three sets are completed, their scores are added to calculate the total points.
  3. The average point per dart is calculated by dividing the total points by 90.
  4. The lower of the two player's point per dart average is subtracted from the higher average and then multiplied by 20 in order to determine the handicap amount.
For example, if one player's average is 18 and the other player has a 14-point average then the handicap is determined using the following:
  • 18 - 14 = 4
  • 4 x 20 = 80
The handicap for this player is 80 points. These points are then subtracted from 301, and the handicapped player would start the game with 221 points instead of the standard 301 points.

Handicapping a Team Game of 501

Add each player's point per dart average
  1. Subtract the lower team's average from the average of the higher team.
  2. Multiply the difference by 20, and subtract that number from 501 to determine the handicapped team's starting point level.
For example, if one team has a 28-point per dart average and the other team has a 22-point per dart average is calculated as follows:
  • 28 - 22 = 6
  • 6 x 20 = 120
  • 501 - 120 = 381
The handicapped team then starts the game at 381 points instead of 501.


Until Next Time!


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On April 26, 2009 James L. said...

Believe it or not, I have never learned how to calculate my handicap. It will probably make games more enjoyable now that I know how to calculate it! Thanks!

On April 17, 2009 Jill E. said...

Handicapping isn't as hard as I thought it was! Great info!

On April 17, 2009 Nathan said...

Great information. I use handicapping all the time!

On April 16, 2009 James J. said...

Thanks for posting this info. Handicapping is something that I don't know much about but I probably should be using it when I play since I am new. It helps to not get completely beat up when playing darts against someone that is much much better than I am. Now I know how to do it and will use it the next time I play!

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