Oche Approach

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by chunkybudda37, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. chunkybudda37

    chunkybudda37 New Member

    Just wondering if anybody has/had any issues with oche approach? I have noticed that when I'm playing on an away board I tend to struggle to find "my" line. Is there anything I can do or is it an experience thing?
  2. JohnP

    JohnP Member

    I've never even noticed where my alignment on the line is, just look at the board while stepping to the line - I'm (unconsciously) aligning my eyes/hand, not my foot.

    Interestingly, though, my regular practice partner, who seems obsessed with finding his "spot" on the line, recently commented that my foot stays within a quarter inch of the same spot every time. I don't even know where that spot is.

    I'm a mediocre player, so maybe someone better will chime in. But it seems to me like experience/habit rather than knowingly finding a certain alignment.
  3. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    Maybe you should mention that technique to our "other" team player Troy, er, John! :lol:
  4. RP_BILL

    RP_BILL Member

    I know "about" where I should be standing on the oche so that it feels comfortable to me. When I approach a new board, I line up with the center of the board, and move over about 2 inches, or so. After a few practice throws, it begins to become clear if there is a need to adjust my first "guesstimate" one way or the other. I'll take one or two more throws to confirm, make a mental note on where I'm standing, and I'm good to go.

    I'll also add that I am the kind of player that stays basically in one spot for all throws, unless a critical shot is blocked in some way. I'm not the kind of player that is moving all over the oche from shot to shot. So, I would think that my style tends to make the placement of my foot on the oche somewhat more critical than some of the other types of shooters who tend to move around a bit during play.
  5. KopRalph11

    KopRalph11 Administrator Staff Member Site Admin

    LOL I have issues at my home pub also. I can range from +2 to -2 inches off center. I used to throw some 5 inches to the right, but have since adjusted to try to get to center. It just stands to logic that repeatable throws at different targets must start from a specific spot to get consistency.
    I often, at away boards throw till I am consistent and lay down a mark on the oche. It becomes one less variable to worry about.

    What I do notice almost immediately is the distance of the board. If its off even an inch I will notice by how my dart lands. I throw a very flat/straight dart upon landing. If it closer, they tend to land flight down and further flight up. The 2 times I have requested a line/oche measurement. I have been right that its off.

    My advice, is get to a new place early and establish your line and put a chalk mark or whatever you need to make yourself comfortable. This game is hard enough without any discomfort.
  6. chunkybudda37

    chunkybudda37 New Member

    I've often been tempted to make a mark on the oche so that i'm not thinking about it,but always thought that it was giving me an unfair advantage and maybe deemed as cheating or un-sporting? I will check with my league rules about this thanks for your opinions and advise,since joining this site and flight school my average has gone from around 48 to a 61 3 dart average,not very high maybe but progress is definitely being made thanks! :D
  7. KopRalph11

    KopRalph11 Administrator Staff Member Site Admin

    You're good as rules go. I have looked and am yet to find any mention against a chalk mark as I do.
  8. KopRalph11

    KopRalph11 Administrator Staff Member Site Admin

    Incidentally congrats on the great improvement. That's pretty darn impressive. I also improved a great deal from SEWA and all the advice and recommendations I got. Went from 4 divisions down all the way to A. Which I am glad to say I tend to challenge most seasons. It tough but worth it. I still find myself knowing more about the game then my ability tends to reflect LOL.
  9. davidsproull

    davidsproull Member

    You and I approach the oche the same way. I also think it's right when you can 'see your throw' ...
  10. faarigia

    faarigia New Member

    Perfect - that would turn my 26's into 39's. But it would also make my 76's (S20, S20, spaz into T12) be 17's Crying or Very sad I'll rotate it one more segment counter-clockwise, so I can catch the T20 on that spaz dart.
  11. THFC

    THFC New Member

    Chalk marks are legal, But you should try to align yourself without relying on a chalk mark. I usually align my right shoulder to the middle of the board so my right foot is left of centre.

    It is easy for your opponent to erase a chalk mark with his/her foot if they want to get into your head. There's more to this game than just tossing arrows!!

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