Eastern WA Fall Season 2018

Discussion in 'Soft tip/Electronic Leagues' started by Erik, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Well, here goes nothing! Darci and I are about to embark on another season in the A Division with hopes that my darts will return and her's will improve.

    During practice last night I shot some count up at 38+ppd so felt it was a sign....then tanked as the arm got tired but at least there is some hope ;)

    I'll admit, this season will be a decider for me. After all, I've fought through 3 degenerating discs in my neck which caused considerable pain and/or numbness in my right arm (my throwing arm) this past year which resulted in a lot of changes to my throw in an attempt to overcome it as well as some dartitis due to it. I can only hope now, that the pain is no longer an issue, that I can find that old throw again and start the slow climb back up to somewhere near where I feel I should be. We shall see but I'll report along the way!

    One thing I should mention is that while yes, I can still hit 180's on a steel board on somewhat of a predictable and frequent basis it really doesn't mean much if I cannot consistently hit the target when it counts and therein lies the key. 180's are great, and I understand not everyone hits them on a daily (or near daily) basis but someone who can average 28ppd on a softtip machine all night long will win every time against a player that can show up for only one game out of 3. Sure, maybe I crush a game of 01 shooting in the 40ppd range but dropping into the low 20's the next two means you lose.

    So here's to trying to get the old throw back, forgetting the dartitis days and maybe competing again in the higher divisions! Wish me luck!
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  2. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Well that was not a good start to the season :( I just could not produce tonight
    Shot my worst night since the injury despite feeling recovered. Throw felt ok most of the night though, but I was off a wire more than I can believe. I will work on it but shooting 2mpr in cricket on a soft machine is somewhat demoralizing
  3. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    It's been a while so I thought I would update you all on my progress and battle with Dartitis today.

    We've played 5 weeks so far this season and in all honesty the first two were abysmal and while the 3rd was starting to look like I was improving it wasn't anything to write home about ;) I only averaged in low 20's (PPD) in 701 and in the low 2's (MPR) in cricket until I hit 2.63mpr in the 3rd week (the sign things were picking up). In the 4th week I picked it up a lot more and had no dartitis
    As you can see my cricket was starting to approach 'the old' Erik and I had a couple 9 marks and an overall 'ok' showing. Hope was in the air and Darci show well all night :)

    In 701 it was also an improvement
    Still not where I feel I should be (I should be shooting well into the 30's at least) but at least it's starting to feel like my darts were on the return. Darci fought a bit in 01 but here cricket was showing great strides!

    Darci carried me this game all the way! The other team is the reason we often question the soft world. Notice their MPR's? This is a team that both can hit in the 3 to 4 mpr range but I'd smashed the trips to start out before falling off and Darci stayed steady and they literally gave up. We could see it in their throw -- this is why people get called 'sand baggers'.

    Fast forward to last night and I just knew something was off. I hadn't really practiced (nor had I the week before) and I threw my back out (not uncommon for me) and was fighting my arthritis (left hand) but nothing felt right. We started out the night and I was averaging in the low 30's in 01 though and suddenly we were 3-1 up and I was thinking "shit! This could happen finally!" and then the dartitis struck in full force!!! I was hoping and dodging and jerking my arm like a rooster just trying to release the damn dart! Sometimes I'd hit big anyway and my wife would say "how on earth did you hit those trips let alone the damn board???" but at times I'd not hit a thing and I fought the crippling dartitis for an hour or more!

    Darci was struggling in 01 again but her cricket was blazing and by her singles game she was ready to roll. She dropped a 9 mark (20, 19, 18) to open up against her opponent and then hit a S17, T17, T16 to follow and he just folded. She didn't however and hit 3 fat 15's to follow with points and a bull and then the other two bulls. I think it was a 15 darter and her best game of cricket ever!


    In cricket I finished with an 'ok' 2.65 but was happy that I mostly overcame the dartitis and brought it back enouigh to finish there and my singles game was respectable (actually, 9 darts in and my opponent was reeling but then I fell off and in the end he got me with about a 3.5mpr to my 3). Darci finished well and though we lost 6-13 we made a decent showing despite the trouble I was having.

    My 01 was an improvement despite the troubole but I tended to use it as a practice game to get my throw back (LOL). Seriously. I'd say "just work on your throw" and hit a hat or high score. Early on, when I thought the night was going to go well I show a nice 157 to leave Darci 36 and she took it out! Was a great game but before I fell off. Ahhhh well...on the next week!

  4. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    A friend of mine used t call “rock and roll golf” when he needed to cut loose and just PLAY. Sounds like that’s what you need to do. You know how to play the “game” it’s the tossing of the dart that’s in your head. I think Bobby George told somebody in a YouTube thing “ look where you’re shooting and shoot where you’re looking.” Also when you’ve got a good partner “saddle up and ride along.” Keep at it my friend!
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  5. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    The dartitis has taken the fun out of playing tonight. Not a good night with my cricket ave hanging under 2mpr and 01 around 20. Just can't throw the dart. It's as if I have forgotten how.
  6. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    I can only imagine it. I had friends with the putting yips and it could be debilitating. Found this article. You’ve probably read it but I was hoping the best for you while I was reading it.
    Overcoming the “Yips” or “Dartitis”
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018
  7. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

  8. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Both good articles. Truth is, it is a debilitating condition but I'm working on it ;) I tossed some of my old steel darts (24g) the other day and was throwing pretty decently with them (meaning no yips) but practice has always been less of an issue.

    I think the key, for me anyway, is to hit the board a LOT more so the movement becomes like breathing again
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