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First, examine the darts; All foils are not of a length. Furthermore, though a heavier dart is always better for a master, a lighter one better suits a weaker arm such as my own. Decide which game you're playing and gain a firm grasp of the rules, even the little ones. Rules are like street signs; they almost always matter. Map out your strategy in the rough before you toss a single dart; you'll have to change it to match opponent and circumstance but at least you'll have laid your foundation. Always plan your targets, and contingent targets, before you step up to throw. In this way, darts is like painting; conception must come before execution.
Now, as for form, the natural masculine stance will not serve you well. Rather, you should stand horizontally toward the target wall, forward leaning like an attentive student. When you actually toss, your back leg will leave the ground entirely in a moment of sublime enterprise. Generally, there is one proper way to grasp the dart. This is somewhat loosely with your fingers touching the sides of the dart; your pinky only should not touch the dart. Some accomplished players adopt different grasps. The Austrian pro who I learned from advised against such deviations because of the sound physics of the traditional grasp. However, it is not for me to advise players more accomplished than myself.
Strategy and form are important aspects of the game. But darting calls calls for something else, something harder to describe. Even if you've done everything as I described, you will find yourself struggling. You'll hit a target solidly on the first two shots and then something will arrest your flow. What this something is will depend on your mental nature. Some people will become over-confident, not taking precise aim required. More become self-conscious, thus giving over to the conscious mind that role which nature has ascribed to what we call "the subconscious mind."
But these separations and words should not be taken literally, or perhaps not even seriously. For I have no doubt that a cougar is very "conscious" as it springs upon a deer. Seeing as the slightest mistake could result in a hungry belly, he must be. And he has no verbal or abstract thoughts to flee into, thus becoming "unconscious" of the world as it is.
No, when you dart, it is important to simply dart. Do not think, except in terms of darts. Do not fear, except being hit by a dart. And do not fight; the age of war is passing. In some primitive way, it takes wisdom to play excellent darts. You must have gone through traumas, lulls and exultations... and learned to simply dart.
But then there's the question of why you should play darts in the first place. It is a physical competition and both the physical and "competition" are in the first days of their Fall. The ideal dart player would have the instincts of a cougar and none of the virtues of a good human. And an orangutang could with a year of practice far outstrip the famed Phil Taylor, for that creature has extremely long arms and is far stronger and more coordinated than a human.
But if like me, you are not the captain of your soul or the master of your destiny, and you find yourself playing darts, you'll have more fun if you do it properly. I hope that in my poor way I've given a few tips that might help out my fellow amateurs.

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The following comments are for "How To Play Darts"
by seanspacey

zen darts
i am going down tonight and buy a dart board. i will not dart the board, however. instead, i will display it as the work of art i never knew it was until i read this piece.


john. john doe.

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: January 3, 2005 )

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