Darts Blog


Darts Blog

September 07, 2010
A Competitive Perspective

I expect that in all of the many enjoyable things I do, my dart game is one of the most pleasing. I play well enough, but I am not one who could walk into a big tournament and expect to win it. Although I enjoy competition, sometimes the more intense it gets, the more it takes you away from what you enjoy about the game.

I play at a certain level and I am basically happy with that. I'm a pretty good bar player, and even though I'm past middle age, I am still striving to improve. In league play I can still beat most of the up and coming young players-occasionally I can even reach back and somehow beat the best players in our league. But throwing darts has been something of a roller coaster ride. I began playing the game in a tavern in the U.S. Virgin Islands nearly 15 years ago. From the first day, I could pitch with the best bar players there, and when I returned home to Vermont, I joined a league in Canada, where I kept winning more than I lost.

For a long time my game stayed at the level I started at, and then it got worse. I usually played well enough to win more than I lost, but I just never improved. I never became that most intimidating player that I wanted to be. I tried mightily to reach the next plateau for a long time, but it just wouldn't come. For a more competitive player, it might have been the end of darts. But what kept me going was that I simply like throwing darts too much. Winning is more fun than losing, but I have learned to accept the losses. If I am able to throw a ggod game, but get beat, it's a good loss. When I play poorly, I try to figure out why, and always think I will do better next time.

Being able to live with the good losses will keep you in the game. It may even improve it. I was once teamed with a good dart thrower whose own intensity burned him out. Every missed dart was a calamity, and his game deteriorated steadily. For years he persisted, hoping to regain past glory, talking about the way he used to play. But he just got worse. And he got worse because he never understood the point of the game-it's suppose to be fun. Enjoy the wins and learn from the losses.

Win or lose, there is something exhilerating and exciting about playing someone for the first time, particularly someone who plays well. Tournament play affords this opportunity, and some players thrive under the added pressure. Those who fall apart usually do so because they're nervous, and It's hard enough to throw a good dart without adding jitters to the equation.

Experience is the best way to overcome nerves. The more tournaments you play in the more comfortable you are apt to be in this extra competitive enviornment. The trick is not to care too much about it. Unless you are playing for a whole pile of money, why worry. It's only a gameallbeit a very good game, and most often a friendly one.

Until Next Time!

About the Author
Tony Harris

Validate Email:*

06/03/14 Funny Dart Commercial
05/27/14 Darts FAQs
05/20/14 2014 NDA Junior Darts Tournament
05/13/14 Wisconsin Dart Tournament
05/06/14 Mid Atlantic Regional Championship June 6th-8th
04/29/14 Fun Oudoor Summer Games
04/22/14 Red's Novelty Dart League Banquet
04/16/14 How To Play Cricket
04/10/14 NDA Team Dart 2014
04/01/14 Get Practice Routines From The Pros
03/27/14 What Kind of Board Should I Buy? Bristle vs. Electronic
03/19/14 Mike Tyson Playing Darts Blindfolded
03/13/14 Laserdarts
03/04/14 A Beginner's Guide To Playing Bar Darts
02/25/14 Introducing Delta-13 Products For All You Pool Lovers!
02/19/14 How Darts Are Made
02/13/14 Dart Flight and Shaft Systems
08/08/13 Maintenance on your darts!
07/30/13 How To Hold Your Dart!
07/16/13 Flight Shapes
07/09/13 Partnering up with Darts!
07/02/13 The Master of Dart Math
06/21/13 Soft Tip Dart Game
06/06/13 Personal Benefits of Playing Darts
05/23/13 Sharpening Those Darts!
05/09/13 Great Tips for Playing Darts!
05/01/13 Family Fun!
04/25/13 Tidy Up With A Dartboard Cabinet
04/05/13 Slim Flights
11/16/12 Tension
11/01/12 The Opposite Result
06/07/12 American Darts
05/22/12 Winning at Bar Darts
05/10/12 Darts Trivia
05/01/12 Dart Barrels
04/19/12 Handicaps
04/16/12 Dartboards in Bars
04/01/12 Shooting Darts Alone
03/14/12 Helpful Darts Tips and Tricks
03/05/12 Dart Safety
02/28/12 Dart Cases
02/23/12 Why Do Flights Come In Different Shapes and Sizes?
02/17/12 Getting In
02/10/12 Bottelsen is coming out with new Neon Darts!
02/09/12 Cut-Throat Cricket
12/05/11 Keeping Your Darts Clean
11/28/11 Let's talk about flights
11/21/11 Free Shipping on Everything!
11/17/11 Help For the Beginner
10/25/11 Darts and Tension
09/12/11 Hound and Hare Game
09/01/11 Toe Line
08/30/11 Affiliate Program
08/30/11 New Viper Venom Tungsten Darts
08/21/11 Sportsmanship
08/17/11 Darts Chess
07/30/11 Visualizing
06/22/11 Help For The Beginner
06/21/11 In-form Smith sunk by Anderson comeback
04/26/11 We Love Our Facebook Fans! Join Us!
03/08/11 All About Dart Tips
02/24/11 Dart Tricks
01/18/11 Soft Tip Game
12/07/10 Practicing Cricket
09/15/10 Closing A Match
09/07/10 A Competitive Perspective
08/10/10 Stroke
05/17/10 Dart Release
04/12/10 Darts Basics
03/04/10 Wimbledon
01/20/10 Dart Throwing Stance
01/14/10 How It's Made - Darts
10/23/09 Barrel Shape
08/07/09 Online Darts
07/07/09 Tension
06/22/09 Why this particular numbering scheme?
05/22/09 Darts Tournament
05/12/09 Sheppey Darts Classic
04/30/09 How do they make dartboards?
03/30/09 Cricket Practice
03/09/09 Tournaments
02/09/09 Bracketing Information
01/06/09 Is Darts Really A Sport?
01/05/09 World Darts Championship Title
01/01/09 Welcome to the Darts Blog!