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Why practice? Well basically this is a time that you can have to improve your game, practice out shots and focus on weak areas of your game. It is as important to practice hitting big scores as it is the double and finishing combination. Remember a game isn’t won until the double is hit (most games).

Like most sports or games warm up before a games is important. Unlike pure athletes you are unlikely to pull a muscle or suffer injury playing darts, however a good warm up routine will prepare you for a match, it will help improve your match games and improve your confidence.

If you feel your arm is a bit tight, before you try to throw stretch your muscles by extending your arm while turning it. Flex and twist your wrist hands and fingers. All of this will help loosen your arm for throwing.

New to the sport then see how to throw:

Practice the following

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advanced out shots

practice routines

Practicing Trebles

Max score 180

Here is a nice easy warm up game that helps improves your accuracy around the board.

Many people play around the clock to help improve their accuracy around the board and this is also a good game for beginners to play as it focuses on different individual targets. But here is a variation which I call 180!

First of all this warm up game or practice game is not about scoring 180’s it is about practising trebles around the board. The practice game can also be played as a game against an opponent or on your own.

How you play.

Your basically throw three darts at each number in turn aiming for the treble i.e. 3 darts at number 1 or treble one. If you hit a single one you score 1 point if you hit a treble you score 3 points the most you can score in any throw is 9 points. Regardless if you hit a single or treble of the first number you move to the next number in this case no 2 and repeat the feat. A single 2 scores 1 point and treble scores your 3 points. You continue around the board until you have completed all twenty numbers and then add your total. If you manage to throw three trebles on each throw your will score 180 hence the name!

If you are playing this game by yourself I suggest you set yourself a target i.e. 60 points. This means you only need to hit three singles in each number to achieve this point’s target. If you are a regular player set this target higher I suggest 75 – 80. Alternatively keep a running total of your scores and aim to better the score the next time you play. You will be surprised how this basic game will improve your overall game.

Doubles should you hit one only score 1 point and you can only score on the number in turn.

To give you a guide on your performance:

  • 20       Very poor only hitting one with every three darts
  • 30+    Poor – keep practising
  • 40+    You may make the Pub C team
  • 50+    You may make the Pub B Team
  • 60+   Average requires three darts in each number
  • 70+    Regular Player
  • 80+    Good Pub Player
  • 90+    Town team Player
  • 100+  County Player
  • 120+  Professional
  • 140+  World Champion
  • 180    I don’t think anyone will ever manage this feat not even the great Phil Taylor

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