The summer slump ;)

Discussion in 'General Dart Talk' started by Erik, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Yup, I'll admit it! I'm not throwing much this summer. It's intentional as I need to rest some aging body parts ;)

    Hoping to hit the practice board in the late summer and work back into my game but for now I'm taking a little break. I'll go toss some money shoots (maybe) and blind draws and practice (very little) and do reviews but otherwise going to relax a bit and let the hands, neck and shoulder heal.

    You?
     
  2. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    Played at a friend's house once since the Oregon Open blind draw. WAY too busy with work stuff!
     
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  3. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    I'm playing league and a few tournaments that are nearby. I'm actually starting to feel good about my darts again. I was in a bit of a slump for a while there. I'm still not getting the results I want in cricket but my 01 game is surging at the moment. I hit another 180 during the team match in league last night (2nd one this session!) I'm hoping to keep it up and keep improving this summer.

    Dartitis was causing so much frustration I was playing less and less and not enjoying it as much when I did play. I feel like I'm on the back end of that slump now and I'm starting to throw more like I feel like I can and should. Hopefully I can improve from this point. Right now I think I have around a 17.7 - 18.0 point per dart average (nothing to brag about really, but it's quite a jump from the 14.4 I was averaging a few months back.)
     
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  4. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    That's better than me these days ;) Lucky to average 50ppt
     
  5. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Although there is no competition for me I’m experiencing a bit of a slump. The nice groups I posted photos of are gone...for now. I want to bring someone else into the game so I can just PLAY and not practice. Since golf practice always has a purpose or affect I can’t just think of the practice games as games. I pay attention to where my dart is pointed and how it sticks in the board and then I start to get paralyzed analyzing my stroke. So maybe I’ll take a bit of time off. Besides it’s hot as hades here these days!
     
  6. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Always best to have someone to practice with or at least compete with!
     
  7. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    I agree with Erik. Practice with an opponent who is better or at your level will certainly improve your game. Sometimes, that isn't as easy to find regularly. I was having trouble finding a regular practice partner. I found this free app called 'Darts Practice Free'. I have an android phone so I'm not sure about apple. It's purely 501. I'm yet to find a good practice app for cricket. With the Darts Practice Free app you can play against a computer opponent and you can set the skill level based on ppd average. It defaults to level 5 (15-20 ppd). But you can set it lower or higher based on your skill level. It's really good and it varies it's throwing. Sometimes it'll hit big shots, other times it will struggle with "double trouble" taking the out shot. It was free and easy to use. I have it on a tablet at home and I just sit it on a mount off to the side of the board. You can also play against another online player (which I've only done once) or even use it as an electronic scorer if you actually have a practice partner.

    I have no affiliation with this app or the people who created it. I found it in the play store years ago and have yet to find one I like better.
     
  8. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    How about Dart Connect? I like that one and use it when practicing alone and need something different and it has cricket
     
  9. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    I haven't really used it. I think I had it on my old phone. Is the opponent simulator pretty good on Cricket?
     
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  10. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Kicks my arse....is that good? LOL You can have several levels of opponents and between 6 and 8 are where I usually play. Turn off 'adaptive play' if you want a challenge and play up one level from your average as a start point.
     
  11. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    Cool! I'll have to download the app again and give it a go! Thanks!
     
  12. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    I like it on my Kindle actually. Easier to see that way ;)
     
  13. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    I’m with you guys all the way! I’ve started using DartCounter. It was a free app for iPhones and it has bobs 27 and such but also has simulated opponent function for 01 games and cricket. I haven’t gotten into figuring out all the bells and whistles yet but it works pretty well. With volume on it calls the score and it has a similar rhythm to that of a real player.
     
  14. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Still slumping here. Just trying to cut loose and fling some darts without real thought. George S gave me that advice. Starting to feel surprised when they hit where I’m looking and the flights touch!
     
  15. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Good advice :)
     

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