Practice Routines

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1) How did you develop your huge passion for vision and accuracy in sport?

I was the most improved snooker player in my local area, and whilst playing Barry Pinches I missed a simple pot for 57 and Barry said "How did you miss that!!” I was so shocked that next day I went out and found a snooker coaching book.

I diligently followed the coaching to the letter, with the style and stance etc and in 6 months I simply couldn’t pot a long ball and essentially lost my entire natural feel for the game at only age 25.
Barry Pinches my equivalent practice partner, went on to win the English Amateur Championship and lost in the final of the World Amateur Championship, and this void lead me into what has become a quest into Sighting and accuracy for target sports.

2) What fault do you most see in dart players?

A Lack of understanding in eye-dominance which leads to offline errors and players who don’t sight perfectly down the centre line of the dartboard.

These habits can be formed for many reasons like copying other players or just feeling their way to play darts, either way it only delivers a short term improvement as most dart players reach their best level fairly quickly, usually after a few years playing, then never progress passed this point.

3) Why do so many dart players seem to discount what you see as an unarguable fact?

Top players become afraid of losing what they have got and scared of the unknown, so they play with compensating errors.

It’s far easier to discount perfect sighting and not accept that they have played from an imperfect position for so many years.

Getting perfect sighting requires discipline and hard work to undo the damage those years of playing offline has caused, and as you can see that the best players in the World in my opinion are pretty close to being online, yet not perfect!!

4) What challenge would you make any dart player to prove your point?

I would ask them to aim a gun at treble 20 and compare it to their darts...
I came accross this practice routine on a UK website - It's called Darc0's trebles - Shoot all 3 darts at all triples (1-20) and the bull. Scoring is as follows:

Triples 1-20
6 points - Hit target triple
2 points - Hit target single (fat or skinny)
1 point - Hit adjacent triple
- 2 points - Hit target double (hey, we are aiming for triple right?)
- 2 points - Hit adjacent single (fat or skinny)
- 5 points – Hit any other target

Bull Shots
6 points - Hit Double Bull
2 points - Hit Single Bull
- 1 point - Hit any skinny single
- 5 points – Hit any other target

The max score is 378

Adjacent numbers are those directly to either side of your intended target. So on your first throw (T1) a T20 or T18 is worth 1 point and a single in those is a -2 points penalty.

Let me know what you think
I was really unsure what to call this article. What follows is basically my view on getting the most out of practice games. It was inspired by a post on another forum by someone who stated they wouldn't play a particular game again after getting a relatively low score on their first attempt. To me, this isn't the correct way to use practice games and the scores you achieve in them.Calling them practice games is really a little misleading. What they are, to me anyway, is nothing more than a measurement tool. Yes, having rankings and being able to measure your performance against others isn't bad. It's great to set a target like I'll work on getting a better result than such and such. But that shouldn't be the real focus of these games.

You are much better off using them as a measure for your overall personal improvement. Hitting a new personal best is great, but generally it will prove to be a one off run where you have thrown well above your norm. These type of games will usually come at long intervals, and using them as your only benchmark will lead to much disappointment and frustration.

Instead, you should pay greater attention to your overall performance in a particular game. Is your average in the game improving? If it's something like Bob's 27, are you finishing more often or getting further and further in most attempts? Are you throwing less and less lower scores, even without lifting your PB? If you are, then you are winning - no matter what your final score is.

Don't be too concerned about the score you get. You are not in competition with anyone but yourself. The final score should not be looked at as a measure of your skill, but should be used with future scores as a measure of your improvement.

You got a low score??? So what? That's just the starting point, it's not the end of the journey. It's only something bad if you let it be.

ALL practice games are really nothing more than a measurement tool for your personal performance and...
John Part's "Catch 40" practice game has now been added to Official List of SEWA Practice Games!

That means there are now SEVEN games that we track and rank people on.

And it must be catchy, 'cause more and more people are catching on and joining the participants! As of this writing we are now up to 161 members in the SEWA Practice Ranks!!!

Since there's now so many people banging away at their boards, we've also decided to save some of the wear and tear on the only part you can't rotate to a fresher area: The bullseye. We did this by changing our original 100@Bulls game to now be 50@Bulls. So you say you've already submitted a 100@Bulls score? No problem! Your previous score was used to create a new score (we just cut it in half and rounded up if need be - we're good like that! ;-)

So what does this mean for you right now??! It means you need to head over to the Practice, Strategy and Finishes forum, checkout the recently updated SEWA Game rules and play some Catch 40!

Of course, if you haven't chosen to join the practice ranks yet, then this is a perfect time to! They're fun, they're competitive, they're occasionally evil, but they're also very good for your dart game!

(Just remember to thank Mark (pdl) for all his hard work in updating the practice table when you see him! ;-)