Goals

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by Mountain, Apr 14, 2019.

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Are these goals achievable?

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  1. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Just putting this up so I can check back at the end of June. I've completed all Practice games now and set ambitious targets that I trust are achievable with work and dedication. I've made a bit of a leap in my performance just by putting in practice time, and using some new routines. Now for the hard slog! So to motivate me to continue here is my current level and the targets I wish to hit.

    Bob's 27 - 211/15% (Ouch) Target 400/30% (I can do better!) Improvement 15% Finishing is important, so I want to concentrate on this one

    100's @ 20 - 115/38% (DPC 3 dart average 66) Target 135/45% (Cut out the 1&5's) Improvement 7% I think I have to be a realist here, and not just once but consistently hitting this level

    50 @ Bull - 34/34% (Want this for the Out's) Target 40/40% (Please Sir can I have more?) Improvement 6%. See above

    RTW - 67/36% (Too many missed numbers) Target 84/45% (Cut out the misses) Improvement 9% Must hit at least the fat segment, jeesh!

    CCU - 20/33% (Poor, very poor) Target 38/55% (Needed for Outs!) Improvement 22% Ambitious, but required for finishing, game on!

    BH RTW - 19/15% (Pathetic) Target 38/30% (See Bob's 27) Improvement 15% To bring on the pressure

    Catch 40 - 29/24% (Meatloaf) Target 38/32% (One out of three ain't bad!) Improvement 8% What it's all about.

    Too ambitious? Any guesses on what level I do get to? Should I post fortnightly progress? I've got a calendar entry in for the update on June 28. Let's hope the practice pays out for matches in the new financial year
     
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  2. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Looks like a good plan. I used to post updates to my own scores all the time. I found it helped keep me on track and you will find others often join in and make it a bit of a comp at times :D
     
  3. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Mountain, your first records in the games are much higher than mine were when I first completed all. That makes me a bit jealous! That being said, I experienced significant improvement with only very short practice sets over the matter of a few months. Keep at it as Erik told me. You will get better and then worse. That’s simply because it’s harder to make smaller adjustments Learn to use the other darts in the board when you can and pay attention to your own mechanics and it will pay off! Once I receive my new custom darts from @kennyg I will take some time to update all my data and commit to an improvement schedule also.
     
  4. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    I feel I am going backwards some days. I look at my targets and think how did I get the original score? But then little leaps, in tiny spurts, I make a breakthrough. After nearly a month of consistent practice, here is my progress.

    Bob's 27 - 211 Target 400 Current 395 - Improvement 184 To Goal 5
    100's @ 20 - 115 Target 135 Current 115 - No Change 0 To Goal 20
    50 @ Bull - 34 Target 40 Current 34 - No Change 0 To Goal 6
    RTW - 67 Target 84 Current 67 - No Change 0 To Goal 17
    CCU - 20 Target 38 Current 30 - Improvement 10 To Goal 8
    BH RTW - 19 Target 38 Current 30 - Improvement 11 To Goal 8
    Catch 40 - 29 Target 38 Current 29 - No Change 0 To Goal 9

    I am really enjoying Bob's 27, and scoring 6 points in BH RTW is very satisfying. Cricket count up has helped me with my triples tremendously, scored my first 171 playing it. Really dubious about meeting my goal for CCU though, I found hitting 30 really tough.

    The hardest game for me is catch 40, and probably the one I need to spent the most time on. It is a combination of the time commitment, and the mental arithmetic I struggle with. I have tried to get more practice on this and numbers are starting to appear in my head. I need to memorise the numbers to make it flow. The 100's and Bull's I have seemed to stagnate on, so I am hoping RTW will help tighten my accuracy.

    It's good to see I have made some progress, writing this post helped me see I have made some improvement. I need to focus my training now, work on concentration.
     
  5. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Have you got your new darts yet Van?
     
  6. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Yes I do Mountain! I think I’ve settled on shaft and flight setup and I’m gonna take some time to update my numbers. Can we officially call “Game on” on the 15th of this month. I have to get through Mother’s Day and college graduation rush at the restaurant this weekend and next.
     
  7. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    That makes me very happy. And gives me time to prepare myself for the coming battle! I am looking forward to the challenge
     
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  8. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Sometimes I'd be pounding away hitting my usual and then suddenly they'd just go right! Scores would rocket up and it felt so great! THAT is what kept me at it and tournaments after were so much fun ;)
     
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  9. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Van put me onto Concentration versus focus and I've been dipping into the old threads, reading about Hard and Soft eyes, and I also read your practice routine. I have been using the Darts Performance Tracker to measure my averages, which seem to go down on subsequent attempts, and 100 at 20's average just below my initial score. I have started chalking them red for 1&2 points, yellow for 3&4 points and green above 5. I really see a pattern emerging of being in and out of the zone, so my deliberate practice now is going to be on maintaining concentration. I like how Van threw outside the wire on quadrants to work on stroke when relaxing into soft eyes. I now use a target on my first dart, say T14, and no matter where it lands the other two have to hit the barrel, or be tight grouping. I need to hit T14 three times to cancel it out, but only count the first and subsequent triple. If the first dart is outside the wire and the second inside it doesn't count. Takes the pressure off and I can concentrate on stroke only but building muscle memory around the board with my stroke.
     
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  10. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    This is the good stuff. You keep at it ;) We all develop our own styles but do so through the ideas of others, specially those who were successful.
     
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  11. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Yep, slowly but surly. Hit a 180 and just missed two others in competition last night. Won four of my five matches, one with a 114 checkout. Still zoning in and out but I have identified this as a weakness I can try and correct. Icing on the cake was being asked to become a club representative last night, so I was happiest about that.
     
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  12. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    I never looked at it as 'zoning out' or in but rather 'cruising' and 'passing' (I'm a bit of a car guy that did a lot of racing at one time). When I was just cruising along I was hitting well but when I needed to step it up I kicked it into passing gear and took off. My wife called it 'the switch' and she claimed she could see it clearly. I'd be playing along and then suddenly things would change, my focus would intensify and I'd zone out everyone and everything around me and focus on my game only. You could walk up and talk to me and I'd not even notice you. I was that focused. Then, when I didn't need to be there I'd back off to 'cruising' speed and talk to people and relax.

    No one can be focused in that intensely all the time and so I spent a LOT of time working on my stroke so I could maintain a high average4 without having to constantly focus at a high level, but when I needed to i could and the 180's and high outs would show up ;)
     
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  13. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    I like this, so I'll need to straighten up my cruise. Had a bit of fun going T20, D20, B, which seems to be working...
     
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  14. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Erik I know what you mean...only in golf. Every competitor is different. I competed with some who I’m sure had a switch but theirs wasn’t really noticeable to others and others who like you had that definite switch. Some players their demeanor gets more “business like(Jack Nicklaus) and others(Lee Trevino)don’t. Moe Norman for instance could carry on conversation about some deep stuff all the whole rocketed drives as straight as string to his target. My wife has a story about her doctor as a kid. He had Parkinson’s and when he gave them their shots his hand was all over the place but, when the needle got close to the skin his hand got very steady and was until he removed it. Don’t have to be focused all the time...just at the “moment of truth!”
     
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  15. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Well the 15th of May has arrived and although I feel totally unprepared “Game on!” How exactly our competition is organized won’t matter much to me. Here are my goals for the first stage of improvement!
    Game. Current. Goal. Improvement
    Bob’s 27 364(25%) 430(30%) 66(5%)
    100@. 120(40%) 132(44%) 12(4%)
    50@. 27(27%). 32(32%) 5(5%)
    RTW. 64(36%). 72(39%). 8(3%)
    CCU. 24(40%). 30(50%). 6(10%)
    BHRtW. 32(25%). 38((30%). 6(5%)
    Catch40. 32(27%). 40(33%). 8(6%)
    I feel like I will back up before I move forward but I will keep eyes on the goal. @Mountain lets have fun and make ourselves better players!
     
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  16. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Well I was able to take some time and play some Count up today. After a short warm up I completed 10 legs and averaged 21 per. So as I feared I’m stepping back a bit. Not a surprise though because I have not been able to dedicate much time and have had a couple of physical changes(darts and eyeglass prescription). I still think 3 marks per round is respectable and with one less miss per turn I’ll be at 27 with 30 in reach! Off to update my #! :oops:
     
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  17. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Coming around a bit today. So far I’m sticking with CCU because it seems easiest to complete ten legs in the time I have available. Today managed to average 23.8. Just reaching back to my former milestone but now the one less miss reaches my goal!
     
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  18. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Blackhorse RTW today. Again a bit of regression. Completed 5 rounds and was remarkably consistent. Shooting at DB nearly every game at around dart 50. Each time scoring about 28 with the best at 29. So I’m gonna update my progress with that! Seems I lack stamina since darts in beginning have zip and fly quite direct but the longer I go my strays seem to increase.
     
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  19. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    That is where hammering away at it will make a difference in time :)
     
  20. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Nice going Van. Sorry to be so absent. My daughter had surgery last week and then I had to fly off to a conference, just back today. Bit of trepidation for league tonight as I haven’t picked up a dart for a week. Extra incentive now...
     

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