Goals

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by Mountain, Apr 14, 2019.

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Are these goals achievable?

  1. Can be achieved

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  2. Too ambitious

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  1. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Good for you! I better get off my tail and start improving instead of looking for traction. I’m still searching for a hold that does what I want it to. In baseball there was a term “knuckling up” for holding the bat with knuckles lined up and, several terms in golf. I’m looking for a hold that helps isolate only the flexion and extension of the wrist joint. Then I have to make it instinct. Birds feet are closed tightly when at rest so that they don’t fall off branches. I guess I kinda want that level of repetition on the darts.
     
  2. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    43507A3C-BF87-4821-A2DC-8AA499F6E852.jpeg Darts 49, 50 and, 51 on 50@50. After the first 2 I had to thro the last and low and behold!!! 34 at bulls for me too!
     
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  3. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Hooley dooley, you bloody champion. I have only ever hit three double bulls once. I was ecstatic to hit five points in one throw yesterday. Mate, I give you 36 for that effort. Sensational.

    Now to check your change in ranking and get busy...
     
  4. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    New number from me...Catch40...34! Not much but every little counts! :)
     
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  5. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    New number from me tonight RTW 78
     
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  6. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Okay, so my date for meeting my goals came at the end of last month, and I didn't meet one of them. Got close to some, but no biscuit.
    What I can report though is that my darts have improved enough to be noticed. I have scaled back on the practice games and concentrated on big doubles and triples, and playing some 501.
    We played finals on the weekend and I pegged 153, my highest out so far. I am on the lipstick, or there about's most darts, and what is pleasing is that my line is good. I have been on the practice board at home, the champions choice with smaller doubles and triples and was playing RTW on doubles, not moving until I had got two darts on each number. For some reason the 8's wouldn't come, took me 10 or 15 minutes to move on. We drew on 9 games all in the quarter final, team 801 to finish. How glad I was to be left 16 to win the game, not get knocked out and get to play semi on tomorrow night. The practice is paying off...
    But I will get my goal numbers, just not sure how long it will take.
     
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  7. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    I found the Champions Choice type boards could tick me off and I had to dial them back a little or use therm on and off again. But some get great use out of them. Either way, sounds like you are making good progress!
     
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  8. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Good show! Practice can get to be a drag sometimes so changing your routine is alway a good idea! I feel short also because I had hoped to be in the 400 club this month. I made my goals in Bulls and Rtw but still seem to be just off in the others. 153 checkout though! Nice job! That’s what the practice is for! Keep it up and good luck!
     
  9. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Another update...10 game CCU average 29
     
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  10. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Smiles, one spot off. I equalled my bulls the other day, better pull my socks up!
     
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  11. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Nice!
     
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  12. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Hey Van, just hit 118 20’s. Over to you...
     
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  13. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Nice going! Ticked it up a couple notches. I’m stuck on my doubles games. The BHRTW is a quick way to get up the ranking. That’s my next goal!
     
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  14. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Thanks Erik! It’s been fun, I just wish I had more time to spend at it.
     
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  15. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Finally had the time to relax and pay attention to a 100@ this morning and have a new number. 126. Not my goal thanks to a fizzling stamina in both the physical and mental side of the drill. Was averaging near 5 marks for most of the first 20 turns. Then it got away but, I’m still happy!
     
  16. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Righto Van, just checked after an update after squeezing the rock of CCU to 31, and yay for rankings ;)
    I read somewhere that averages are like BMI, and it really struck a cord. So many of my rugby forward colleagues would have been considered obese by BMI rankings, but most shared a body type similar to the Rock. Some huge blokes out there carrying some weight, but nowhere near obese. But still there is a correlation between the data, the trend taken on average is correct, but there are always outliers.
    Watching the recent World Championships in Australia and New Zealand I couldn't help see the flaw in the old adage that scoring is for show, doubling for dough. You need both. Scoring provides pressure. Pressure provides mistakes. One of MvG's greatest traits has been his ability to never doubt his capacity to win, and his opponents understanding he possesses the capability to do this. This year I have seen doubt creep in, and with it losses.
    I guess what I am saying is that I have always had confidence in finishing. The focus needed to double out usually enables me to concentrate enough to be confident in hitting my target. You said it well Van when you spoke of both physical and mental stamina. All I have been playing for practice is 100 @ 20's. And it is sooooo annoying when you hit 117 after a run of low hundreds. Forces me to concentrate, and I have broken it down into mini goals for each throw, each set of 33 darts, etc. You also spoke of averages Van, so true. You can have outliers, but consistency is the trend that doesn't fluctuate. If I want a +80 average that means at least a triple 20 every turn. To get a triple 20 I have to ensure all three darts are focused on the lipstick.
    So this morning I didn't have the time to throw 100 darts but I could do 21. I missed the triple 20, but got 3 marks. The first two darts at 19 were triples though, and so the triples came for every number after. After the concentration training of 100's, this was easy focus to maintain
     
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  17. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Good show! I’m always surprised at how, when I think back to competing and teaching in golf, I find sooo many parallels to darts. At the elite levels you have to know what and how to play when you’re fresh, tired and refreshed after being tired and so on. Breaking the whole into small parts is a great plan. It’s what i do also although I usually go in sets of 21 darts and go past 100. Par in golf was broken down to fairway, green, 2 putts, then repeat.
     
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  18. Mountain

    Mountain Member

    Your post has helped Van. I looked at what I was doing and I probably broke it down too far, to each throw. So I stepped back, thought about my goals and readjusted. I want to get my average up to 80. That's 4 20's a throw. 80 x 5 = 400. If I can finish my games in 18 darts (I'll allow one miss at a double o_O) then I reckon I will win most of my games. So I am grouping my scores in 15 darts wanting 20 marks per 'game'. Averages, Van, as you say. And helps add pressure as you get down to your last darts. Using this technique I just missed my first back-to-back 180, and that's what got me to 121.

    I also thought about your breakdown and how it applies to the three phases of a dart game - score, setup, peg. So there is more scoring practice. I'm actually studying working memory at the moment and have been working on so mnemonics to help me remember setup combinations and outshots. I've been associating numbers with famous people and using the Person - Action - Object to string three numbers together. For example, 67 is Homer. So to take it out 67, Homer heals (51 is a famous Australian TV vet) Caesar (16). It's going to be a long journey to get to 300+ figures, but so has getting to a 72 average with my best 100 darts.

    And lastly finishing. Scored a new high BH RtW last night Van, as that is how I now finish any practice session.
     
  19. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    High fives from me! The sets are perfect. My level right now makes me want to finish in less than 7 turns hence the 21 dart sets. You’ve got exactly the idea. On the memory side my wife coached a young man in swimming that is world memory champion. I think 3 time winner in fact. I got to teach him chess when he was about 8.
     
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  20. bulldozer

    bulldozer Member

    I have been practicing 501 on a steel tip board in a similar way too but trying to finish in 24 darts or less, sometimes I am doing 15 to 18 darts darts with occasional 13 darts or less but I do not beat myself up if I hit the finishing double on dart 24.
    If I threw first and took 24 darts then my opponent has to go out in 21 darts and that is a 71.5 average which is not bad.
    On a Soft tip board at 501 scoring on T20s not Bullseyes I really think I will hit a 9 darter soon as I am hitting plenty 11 and 12 darters and starting to hit back to back 180s, its only a matter of time. lol.
     
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