My improved form

Discussion in 'Youth Darters Forum' started by Tom, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Tom

    Tom New Member

    Hey all Youth'ets and anyone else reading the thread. I haven't posted in a while on the old Youth forum so I thought I would use it to talk about my much improved form of late!

    Anyway I don't want this thread to look like im bigging myself up or anything but I was just quite pleased with how things are going atm :)

    Anyway my improved form started about a month and a half ago. Me and my Dad went over to Spain in Torremelinos and played in all the money in/money out games at the BDO tournament over there. I played very mature and really anjoyed the week. In the blind pairs I got paired with a Nothern Ireland international player (didn't know at the time!) whos got many caps for his country. We took on a very good experianced player, and a young guy who has played for England Youth a good few times, a big belly and a big ego to match ;)

    Anyway, i played steady in the game, didn't want to let myself down and after going 2-0 down we clawed it back and I hit the winning double to win it 3-2. I was surprised with how I had coped, not got annoyed with bad scores, and kept my calm to hit that double. Through the week I played well, even getting past the first round in two tounrys (one were I won my first 5 leg match, 3-0).

    Although I played steady over the week there was still something about my darts I didn't like having used these darts when I first started playing (4/5 years ago). I made a big switch from small stems to medium stems and since then I've played really consistent darts.

    I've won my county reserve game (Now won 4 out of 5) and I'm 99% sure I'm in the team for next month (last game of the season). Now I'm playing best darts of my life, htting 180s and especially 140's consistently, and really happy with my game. I'm just worried about one thing...

    I get very nervous on stage, and the county game next month will of course be on stage, and in the eyes of everyone there. If these type of games were played on the floor, Im sure I would play alot more the natural game. On stage I honestly think I only play 60% the game I can play and maybe 70% of how I play on the floor.

    If I am in the team for next month I will be extreamly happy but at the same time, as weird as it is, very scared. I don't want to let myself, manager or team down. I'm scared I will go out there, lose, look like an idiot and everyone will think 'Hes playing rubbish why is he bothering?'.

    If i could go out there without a care, Im sure I could play well, and the way im playing maybe win. But i care to much, i dream of winning just that one county game and doing myself proud. I know it sounds silly but I don't count myself a real member of the team until I do the business.

    Anyway apart from that little worry I have, my darts I am REALLY enjoying at the moment :) I think it will not be long till i hit two 180's on one night, which would be great.

    That for listening to my update, have a good day.
  2. OnAndGone

    OnAndGone New Member Staff Member

    Thanks for the update Tom, and congrats on the great improvement.

    As for the stage, you keep worrying about how many people are out there thinking things.

    How about the number of them out there, looking at you on stage thinking, "WOW, I wish that was me up there".

    Hope to see you in chat again soon.

  3. radar

    radar New Member

    I was at a couple of Adult tournies this month and took what a lot of top players said to me such as i have a relaxed throw, good combonation with my darts (if I don't switch) and so on. They then told me different tips to make my game better. One of them was im not constant. Not so much in the scoring but in my timing. One throw would be quick and the other i would aim a lot mor and so on. Once i got home i fooled around with it for a little bit and finally have it set. My average for 50 darts was around 70 per throw. CAn't wait to see how i hold up against rocky tonight :D :wink:
  4. dwalsh

    dwalsh New Member

    I wish I was up there on stage!! It's fantastic that you have the great youth programs over there and that you have taken advantage of them.Good luck in all your future endeavours. :twisted:
  5. Tom

    Tom New Member

    Thanks O&G, Dwalsh for the comments. I know im lucky to have the youth programms over here I just get nervous! I realise I should enjoy these more instead of feel pressure! :)

    Radar, I know exactly what you mean mate, its the same with me, I have throw a lovely set of darts, then next throw ill speed up and throw them all over the place. Like you I've been working on the consistency and thinking about the timing of the throw, the aim, how i let go etc. etc. and its been helping! a 70 ave. is great stuff :)

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