Improve your chalking and counting skills by using video

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  1. ducks

    ducks Active Member

    Practice your scorekeeping and counting skills by keeping score of darts matches you can watch on Youtube. When I watch darts, I automatically count and anticipate the out shots as the matches are played, so until this week, it never occurred to me that televised matches would be a good way to learn and practice darts number skills.

    There is however, one minor problem with using this method to learn how to keep score. You will not practice scoring the random numbers that many people shoot. The players on TV are not going to miss the 20 and hit a T12, or a single 4. They are not going to hit a single 2 when they are shooting at T10.

    Now, here's how to use televised matches to practice scoring and counting.
    1. Choose a match.
    Many of the recent PDC matches posted on Youtube are suitable because they are very clear, with good closeups of the board. Choose the level of play and speed of play that you want. Some players shoot very fast. Michael Van Gerwen and Stephen Bunting come to mind. Andy Hamilton on the other hand, sets up and shoots a bit slower. If you want matches where people hit more 5s and 1s than say a Phil Taylor, choose some of the preliminary or first round matches from the Ladbrokes world championship. Dartslive matches aren't suitable because you don't get good closeups of the board.

    2. Cover the score box on the screen.
    A post it note would work pretty well.

    3. Turn the sound off.
    You need to turn off the sound or you will hear the caller and the commentary. On the other hand, if you are very new to scoring, cover the scoring box, but leave the sound on so that you can hear the caller. As you improve, turn off the sound.

    4. At first, keep score for only one player. As you improve, keep score for both.

    5. Look at the score box if you lose track of the score.
    It doesn't matter if you make mistakes or lose track of the score. After all, this is just practice, and the more you do it, the quicker and more accurate you will become. If you lose track of the score during a match, don't worry, just lift up the post it note, look at the score, and continue from there.

    6. Make a short cheat sheet of common combinations that you'll see pro shooters hit. You might for instance have 20 20 T19= 97, T20 20 T19 = 137, 19 T19 T19=133, and so on. After you watch a few matches, you'll get an idea of the combos you don't know and need to learn.

    7. In the beginning, keep score on a piece of paper. As you improve, keep the score in your head. Do this for only one player. Peek under the post it note to check if you are keeping score accurately.
  2. KopRalph11

    KopRalph11 Administrator Staff Member Site Admin

    I guess i have played too much LOL. If I know someone well we don't even write the score down. And if we do its the subtracted amount only. The only time we really always chalk is in cricket. Beyond that its pretty much kept in the head.

    I do think you have a great idea for the novices and those whom struggle with the scoring aspect of the matches.
  3. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    'Dart Math' it's easy, it's fun! Everyone can play! :D

    Actually I tell people to view the doubles and triples as numbers (T19 is not T19 but rather 57) so they can add and subtract faster. Then I tell them to round up and down for great speed. For example:

    501-45 is? Well 501 - 50 is 451 and 45 + 5 is 50 so add 5 from 451 which gives 456.

    Or perhaps this one: 501-125 is? 501 minus 100 is 401 and 401 minus 25 is 376...

    It can be made easier if one thinks about it...I tend to suggest breaking things down to the lower even number and subtracting the difference afterwards (327 minus 43 is 327-40-3 for example).

    All kinds of ways to do it but in the end practice makes perfect no matter the system....

    I might add that after more than 30 years of playing I don't actually have to do the math. It's all in my head and I do it by wrote. I just know the result ahead of time for the most part. I also do the math as I throw I suppose -- though again, I break things into shots a lot too so I don't even need the math half the time ;)

  4. Showboat00

    Showboat00 Member

    Well, maybe not so easy..... :lol:
  5. Showboat00

    Showboat00 Member

    Really, it's not that easy! :lol:
  6. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    LOL well if you played all your life like I have (practically) it is ;)
  7. Showboat00

    Showboat00 Member

    Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you should start doing the math again because the last time I checked 501-45=456 and 501-125=376. (I'm not sure if you are still seeing what you think you wrote or what you actually wrote - no worries mate, it happens to all of us.) :lol: :lol:
  8. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    hahaha damn keyboard!

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