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How to Throw Darts : Stance, Grip, Aim and Release

Joshua Wicks

Last updated Aug 29, 2022
My goal is to help others learn about the game and to help them improve their skills.

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What if you are practicing dart-throwing regularly but there’s no improvement. You are still missing your targets or have no luck with darts while playing alone or with friends. 

Continuity of this situation can lower your confidence and cause frustration. Can you figure out the main reason for these incidents? 

Let us help you. Maybe you are playing darts without understanding the basics of stance, grip, aiming and release. 

A perfect throw needs a lot of practice. But throwing without any purpose won’t help you to improve your skill. 

You need proper knowledge of your standing position, body posture, gripping style, aiming the target, and releasing the dart with maximum accuracy.  

In this content, we have described how to throw darts in the easiest way. You will know about every step of throwing darts- stance, grip, aim and release.

So let’s have a look and rock the game.  



How to Throw Darts 



Throwing a dart with precision needs a lot of practice. When you are in position, make sure your elbow is up, your arm is straight and the target is on sight.

For a perfect release, your posture and grip are equally important. In a dart game, your throwing posture is termed as stance.

The way you hold the dart on your palm, it’s called a grip. So now we are here to get an elaborate idea of perfect dart-throwing techniques.  


Stance

The standing position of your feet while throwing is known as stance. Maintaining a good stance will stabilize your body, balance your weight and ensure your target.

Stand behind the oche: Step your feet behind the oche. Don’t step over this throw line. Otherwise, you will be eliminated. Your feet will be shoulder-width apart. 

Face the dartboard sideway: Some players prefer standing front facing the board. In this way, you stand parallel to the throwing line.

It may seem uncomfortable to some players. You can also stand completely sideways or at an angle between 45-90 sideways. It will give you complete balance.


dart position
dart position

Dominant foot forward: Keep your dominant foot forward. That means if you are right-handed, put your right hand and right leg forward.

It is important to find your angle for a stable, steady and comfortable throw and balanced weight.  

Weight balance: Distribution of weight is another key factor of a perfect stance. Your front foot should carry most of the weight. Your back foot will support the rest of the weight. 

Straight shoulder and hip: Keep your shoulder, hip and feet straight when throwing. Leaning forward on throwing may compromise your stance though some players prefer this.


Straight shoulder and hip
source : wikihow.com

Grip

The way you are holding the dart to throw is “grip”. If you want to make a perfect throw, it is important to have proper knowledge of grip.

Otherwise, you will miss your target even after so many tries. 

Hold the dart with three fingers: Hold the dart barrel (closer to the center) with a minimum of three fingertips (thumbnail, forefinger and middle finger).

Don’t hold this with so much pressure. Hold with a firm grip. Longer barrels may need to hold with four fingers.

Lift the dart to eye level: Lift your arm holding the dart in your grip. Keep your elbow straight.

Make sure it is 90 degrees angle between your elbow and arm. Raise the dart to eye level and keep the elbow pointing to the dartboard.  

Align the dart tip: Align your dart tip tilting a bit upward or downward. It manages the balance of weight.

A straight dart will provide a straight throw. It will give a parabolic effect when your dart is tilted a bit. It will ensure the trajectory effect. 


Aim

Use your dominant eye and hand: Use your dominant eye and hand to get proper coordination. If you are confused with your dominant eye, try a test.

Keep your one eyes closed and throw. To keep it shut, the eye you are struggling with is your dominant eye.

Align the body: When you are ready to throw, it’s important to align your elbow, shoulder and body.

Make sure that your body is straight and your upper body is not bending while throwing. 

Make a straight line: Find a place behind the oche from where your body and your target are on a straight line.

It’s not important to face the dartboard straight; you can keep a sideway stance. You may not find the perfect position at the first throw. Over time it will be easy. 

Lock your target directly: Aim your target directly. Not even a millimeter away. Targeting a bit left or right will drag you down. Straight focus on your target with your dart tip.   


Release

Releasing the dart with a smooth landing is the most vital part of throwing a dart. 

Minimize your movement: Your shoulder or body should not move rather than your arm. Most people can not control back-swing.

But it’s necessary for an accurate and smooth release. Try to eliminate any type of movement including leaning forward or side-by-side motion.  

Use your hands and wrist to throw: Pull your hand slightly back. Raise your elbow slightly.

Use your hand, wrist, elbow for maximum speed. Keep your body and shoulder still. Only your hand will move. 

Constant throwing point: It’s also an important point to keep in mind. Many players find it hard to determine at which point they should release the dart from their grip.

Some release so fast when the arm is ready to start moving; some release the dart too late when the dart is at the last point of throwing motion.

It compromises the target. Try to pick the constant point of throwing.  

Snap your wrist while releasing:  Snap your wrist forward to release the dart. It will help your dart to get the last-moment speed.

Proper acceleration is also confirmed through this. A smooth snap improves the dart speed.

Try to avoid a downward snap. It will give a downward parabolic effect and you will miss your target. 

Follow through at the end of your throw:  Allow your hand to move forward in throwing motion when to release the dart. It will maintain good form at the end of your throw.

You will get your perfect shot. To make sure your consistency never lowers your elbow.  

The video we have attached will help you to get a clear overview of how to throw your darts. Take a look on :




Get Better at Throwing Darts



Get Better at Throwing Darts

Practice regularly

There’s no other alternative than practicing more and more. Consistency in throwing will let you be a pro in throwing darts.

Only learning theory won’t help you. Make a routine to play darts every day for at least 30 minutes.

There are so many games to practice solo. Take your time and practice different targets every day. 


Play with a team

It’s better to play with a team or with friends who are really good at darts. It will improve your techniques and skills.

You can find out your difficulties easily by following them. Also, it will help you to overcome these.

Competition and winning the target will accelerate your skills. You will get more confidence. On the other hand, you will learn where the problem is when you fail. 


Calm your body and mind:

Before starting your game, you need to calm your body and mind. Moving too much can spoil your concentration and focus.

Find the perfect stance by repeated practice. Once you get yours, try to stick to it. Improve your confidence and concentration.

You may take breathing exercises or meditation to beat your stress and anxiety. It will lead you to your target.  


Experiment with different darts to find the best: 

Darts come in different sizes, weights, and shapes. Try to play with different shafts, flights, barrels.

It may seem difficult to find the best dart among all these variations. But if you find your best suited once, you won’t get it easy to switch to another combination. 



Conclusion



There is no definite time to get better at throwing darts. It may take a long time or you may get it expeditiously.

Practice is the only key to becoming a good player. The more you practice, the faster you will improve your technique, stance, and throwing skills. 

You will find the tips helpful even if you are a beginner. You can improve yourself from a beginner to a professional level with constant practice.

So break your fears and beat the game with your confidence.  

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