Extremely slow progress?

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by Ed Metzler, May 8, 2019.

  1. Ed Metzler

    Ed Metzler New Member

    I've only been throwing since January of this year (I'm in my 60s and getting to retire) but I've been working nearly every day on the A1 Drill. I track my progress using the MyDartTraining app. I started out hitting about 36% of my targets and then got up to 50% but I generally throw about 40-45%. My average in 501 is 40 darts per round.
    I'm looking to hear if this is OK for a beginner or if I'm doing something major wrong. I practice 5 days a week, and I played in a league February-May. I did OK, but it's frustrating to see how slow and very inconsistent progress is. Silberzahn says in his book not to move to the next drill until hitting two out of three darts can be done in five or six rounds on the board. And I'm thinking, "You've got to be kidding."
    Everything I've read has said progress is slow, but I have no idea how slow is even reasonable.
    As I write this, I'm thinking, "This is dumb. Enjoy and progress at your own pace." But I can't help but be frustrated, which leads to more crappy throws.
    Any comments?
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  2. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Ed you’re doing just fine! I think what is happening is that you’ve gotten in a rut. The A1 drill in my understanding is a stroke development drill and therefore your improvement is not necessarily in the part of accuracy but rather consistent delivery of the dart to the board. Although you may be missing numbers I would gather the your misses are “better” or “smaller” than when you started. Also remember that the drills are tools. I suggest you try the A2 drill which is a grouping drill very much like a game we did called “chase”. Toss a dart in the board and try to get flights touching on the next two. Later you’ll find you get a couple barrels touching and so on.
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  3. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    You'd be surprised! Darts is a fine motor skill game and can take a long time to progress in for some. Usually, in the beginning, the progression is fast but soon followed by plateau's that make one go insane! First things first: change up! When in a rut, do something different! That's why we have so many practice games here ;) 2nd, while GS is a great guy with a lot of great knowledge, he's just one guy. Don't be afraid to seek out others. In fact, look for the best in your area and bug them! They usually like that sort of thing and will often take the time to see what you are doing and make suggestions on how to improve.

    Finally, have fun! Don't let the rut take the enjoyment away!
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  4. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Yep...grandpa told me if you find yourself in a hole stop digging!
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  5. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Hey Ed! Just checking in to see how you’re progressing...hope to hear good news!
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  6. Ed Metzler

    Ed Metzler New Member

    Sorry it's taken so long to respond. Had a two-week layoff due to a pulled shoulder muscle (not from darts!). When I came back, I played much better. My 501 average is up by 5 and my accuracy is slowly but surely creeping up. I use MyDartTraining app to track my progress in several exercises. In the A1 Drill, I've improved several percentage points, and you were right that my misses are now much closer than they had been. And the A2 drill is also going well. More often than not, touching dart flights is not a problem. I guess the layoff helped, plus progress is just slow. I knew that, but I just had to see it for myself. But it does come eventually. Still, I'm really enjoying darts and waiting for the league's next season to start up in the fall. Thanks for checking in on me!
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  7. kennyg

    kennyg Member

    I hadn't been one to play the practice routines in the past, then I also ran across mydarttraining app for android tablets and phones. It seems to have most of the routines suggested here if not all some just different names or options. I have not been at it long enough to notice any improvement but I like it, it keeps a lot of statistics.

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