Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by John_Part, Apr 29, 2006.
If I can ever get past D7 watch out! I might get as high as D8...
A somewhat interesting thing happened tonight...
I went down to practice some darts mainly to try some cut-down flights for an outdoor shoot that's happening this Saturday (ANY wind is hell on my big standard flights).
Anyway, as a warmup, I started John's routine. I hit all the fat singles, one at the bulls, then started on the skinny singles. My last turn at those yielded a skinny S20, a DB and a D1. My next turn was D2, D3, D4. Then a D5 on my third dart of the following turn, followed by D6, D7, D8 with the next set. About this time I suddenly realized that I had inadvertantly played John's Blackbelt RTW farther than my previous best (which was only up to D7 after many, many attempts). Of course as soon as I thought that I missed my next three at D9... :|
Regardless, I thought it was interesting that I did my best when I wasn't even thinking about it. Pretty much tells me that my issues aren't in the black, white, red or green areas, but in the GRAY MATTER area...
Hmm... there IS some beer left that Bob didn't drink all of left in the fridge... Maybe that might help? :mrgreen:
Yes, this is what the exercise teaches, that you perform when you are aware that you must.
Not at all an easy task!
While getting in a practice session with my doubles partner before the Colusa tournament this weekend, I suggested playing this Black Belt doubles game but setup for 2 to play rather than 1. So it was more like 9 ball in billiards with winner breaks.
Diddle for who goes first, then throw at the doubles in order til you miss with 3 darts. Then your opponent does the same. It was great fun, great practice, and puts not just a little pressure on you, as with a miss, there is no guarantee that you will ever make it back to the ochre.
Thanks very much J.P.
It was much more difficult than first anticipated.
The biggest reward of all is just having you say ,,
A nod from you is greatly appreciated.
I definately don't look at doubles the same way anymore.
tonight I FINALLY did it. I have been trying this almost since the post was added (almost everyday) It is real difficult. John is right it definatly adds pressure especially the higher you are in numbers.
I have been far along a few times in the past just to screw it up and freak out on myself. (man I need to chill out)
I am happy and I hope I can do it again someday before another 3 months.
it is the without a doubt one of the hardest things I have accomplished.
To go around the board is one thing. I practice my doubles and triples from 1 to 20 all the time but this is crazy and I can't beleive I finally did it.
I can't tell you how many times I have got to like D5 and then screwed up and started over.
I must say I was sweating like crazy at the end.
John, Like I said I didn't want to post until I did it but thanks for making me crazy (I guess I am a better man for it) Oh my wife has never met you and wants to kill you for giving us all the idea of this. She had to listen to me all the times I screwed it up.
You are the man though
Oh the topic says "graduate to Black Belt" well I am a black belt in Kempo and I think my balck belt test in Kempo was easier than this!
Anymore ways you can drive me totally nuts John (don't answer that)
Very well done Doug.
Have you noticed your game improving at all, focus wise?
Oh yeah!!! That is a very tough way to practice mentally and I think it will only make me better when I actually get in tournament conditions.
Like I said you're the man!
If I can get 1% of the focus you showed in your recent victory I will be all set!
Congrats Doug! It sures teaches that fine mental line between focus and and over-focus.
I've played this a lot and STILL haven't gotten beyond D8... However, last night I wired a D12 at the end of a large out hitting the D9 next door which, of course, left me with six. When I walked up on my next turn I started to consider S2, D2 and then said to myself "Why? I hit this all the time in that damn game of John's!" First dart: D3. :twisted:
I can't wait until I feel the same about all the other doubles as well... :roll: :?
You're the man Craig!!! And you are dead on....if John has taught us nothing else with this infernal game, he has taught us that we can hit the blamed double 2 and double 3!
Congrats Doug, on doing something I haven't come close to doing as yet.
But, as you will always hear me spouting to myself here...."what one man can do, another can do...", so thanks for the encouragement and the incentive.
I always try this discipline at least once each day, and when I get my first miss, it turns into RTW doubles, still trying to hit each double in 3 darts, but staying on a double until it is hit. Today I had 4 misses on the 20 doubles, but I also missed to dbl bull. Still, I was happy with the effort, and I keep putting the pressure on until the day I finally make it through without even one miss. It will happen.
That's a tough game. I got as far as 13 twice but both times it got me, humm must be the number. 13 is unlucky. How long did it take you to complete the round the first time? I only ask because I doubt if I will complete it any time soon, you really have to be in one heck of a zone and when I get to 13 the only zone I get in is the twilight zone ne, ne, ne, ne, ne, ne , ne, ne. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
I'd really hate the day when at a huge event it's just me(or you) and JP,and I (you)have a double to win the tourney.
I don't think i could bring myself to hit that final double against him.
I'd feel terrible, knwoing that he molded one of us into a fine darter,and one of us were the ones to stop him in a major title.
Although if it were someone else,,i have no dillusions!
Ah...but isn't it every pupil's dream to best his master? Isn't the master's task to train a better pupil than himself?
I've been a fan of John's for a looooong time and have had a dream of winning a tournament against him for years.
John shows no quarter on the oche and if he's anything like me, he'd feel insulted if someone didn't give it all he had. Hit the double! Smile and shake his hand! Congratulate him on a game well played...then knock back a few at the bar!
It's getting hard for me to put any pressure on myself while playing this game, because in reality I never really expect to beat it. I mean...how can you, once you have lost like a zillion times! So I just go through it anyway, even if I miss a number or two. Still good practice, and while you don't have the added pressure of a miss sending you to square one, you still have the pressure of doing better than you did before.
Today I got through it missing only 1 number (dbl 6) til a got to the dbl bull, which I also missed. But it still felt good to see and feel my game improving on this one. Eventually I will make it, but I feel no pressure at the moment to do so. It will come when it comes. As long as my game keeps improving, I am a happy camper.
That's amazing, string, congrats on that. Wow. Shame it's an all or nothing game.....did you keep track of it for a BHRTW score??
Well done lads....I just read all your posts.....Now I guess one of us girls need to give it a try......as soon as I can get my hubby off the board long enough for me to give it a whirl.......I'll be sure to let you know how it went and how insane it made me ! :lol:
No I didn't Blackhorse. I have pretty much taken a break from the scoreboard competition for a while. Just working on my game in bits and pieces - especially my outs. But since I do around the world practice on doubles and on trebles every day, I do the blackbelt routine as my RTW doubles routine. I don't keep track of the doubles hit for anything else though.
As I was reminded of my creation,,heh heh, "it's alive!!!!!!", I realised it was time to put myself to the master's test. I will achieve/complete the blackbelt ritual on the Eclipse Pro Trainer board.
Please, do not attempt this at home. I am a professional, and I am trained in mental techniques to avoid permanent mental injury. :lol:
As soon as our stock comes in im going to start my own aler ego like my part and submit my scores.
should make interesting reading.
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