Stroke defect or not?

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by BD_Viking, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. BD_Viking

    BD_Viking New Member

    It was pointed out to me by a competitor that I have a distinctive attribute to my stroke. If he said it just to get in my head, he was quite successful. Right at the start of my motion, I straighten my arm bit, raising my elbow, moving my hand forward a bit before starting the pull back motion of the stroke. It's always been part of my timing and it is awful hard for me not to do it. But now since this guy said something its been bugging me. Can this beginning motion be detrimental to my stroke? Should I work to eliminate it? I should say I've been playing in league for about 3 years now and skill level is at about a 29 dart 501 average with steady (but slow) improvement.
  2. CraigB

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

    It doesn't matter HOW you throw, only that you can do the same motion consistently which allows you to make corrections and teach your brain what's hitting.

    That said, if you have a stroke that's hard to repeat or one that causes pain (note that this may not be noticeable until after you've played for a while), you may want to work on a new technique. Check out the Flight School here in another area of this forum.

    And, all of that said, I used to play all the time with someone who was ranked #4 in the World (Len Heard) who had this weird little hitch whenever he threw. So, your mileage may vary as they say!
  3. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Many people 'pump' including John Part.

    I would ignore him if that's all you're doing.
  4. BlackHorse

    BlackHorse Moderator Site Moderator

    You can eliminate it if you want, so do that and see if your accuracy improves.

    I believe the more motion you have, the less repeatable your throw is. And consistency is crucial, as Craig says. The more moves or sways or hitches or whatevers you have in your delivery, the less likely you will be able to keep your arm in an accurate, repeatable action.

    Consider your elbow as immoveable. Your forearm pivots on it, and your forearm is the power and first stage of accuracy of your delivery mechanism. If your elbow, the platform of the forearm, is moving around, your forearm's action is going to move all around. So don't move your elbow. Lock your elbow in place and give yourself one less thing to worry about. It is a great start to the cleanest action you can develop for yourself.
  5. KopRalph11

    KopRalph11 Administrator Staff Member Site Admin

    Jocky Wilsons stroke comes to mind when you are talking about hitches: I would say there is no such thing as a perfect for everyone. Its purely repeatable mechanics up till the point of release. I would say he got into your head more then anything. Like most things be aware of many many players and pros shooting motion: and then simply by knowledge you will learn to ignore what makes little sense.
  6. CraigB

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

    Maybe the next time you play him, ask him when he's on the line if he holds his breath during his throw. :lol:
  7. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

  8. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Or tell him to watch Taylor who breaths out with each throw.

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