The secret to success?

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by davidsproull, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. davidsproull

    davidsproull Member

    The one who misses the most wins.

    Agree or Disagree?
  2. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Can't see that.
  3. davidsproull

    davidsproull Member

    I actually thought you'd be the first to agree with me :)

    The way I see it, the one who misses the most is the one who spends the most time in front of the board. The one who practices the tough shots. The one who spends time on the part of the game that they are bad at, not just what they are comfortable with.
    They will miss more, because they will not see a miss as a failure, but rather as feed back, and use it to refine and perfect their game.
    etc. etc.
  4. CraigB

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

    Phil Taylor basically misses one out of three darts each turn.
  5. AmericanBadAss

    AmericanBadAss Administrator Staff Member Site Admin

    If missing the board counted I'd be a champion!
  6. davidsproull

    davidsproull Member

    ..and sometimes not even that many. :)

    I don't think he is able to do that my magic though. I think he obviously has talent, bu the still had to work at it.
  7. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    You know I started to think that might be the way you were going with this!

    AMEN! I agree wholeheartedly!
  8. CraigB

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

    I figured it would turn into a Michael Jordan type thread. :wink:
  9. BlackHorse

    BlackHorse Moderator Site Moderator

    I see your point of tying practice time to success.

    But I must add that there are many people who are only practicing their bad form, bad habits and lack of focus over and over.

    When I started throwing in leagues, I met people who said they'd been playing for ten, twenty, thirty years and, to be blunt, they were still crap. I kept my mouth shut, but I inwardly wondered how they could throw all that time without improvement. (Of course the possibility did exist that their crap WAS an improvement, but if it was, it was miniscule.)

    They've practiced, they've played, they've competed, but never gotten beyond a mid range B player. These people have missed more than most and there is no success involved.

    Practice to me means finding out WHY I have missed, and correcting that fault. Then practicing the improved form.

    The people you described as being driven to improve certainly bear out your point, but too many people just throw when they think they are practicing, and they do not improve.

    PS The ones that piss me off are the ones who never try to fix their faults but bitch and bitch everytime they miss. Honestly, I have no idea why they play.
  10. davidsproull

    davidsproull Member

    I agree. There has to be a learning experience and not just endless mindless throwing. Myself I seem to be getting some millage out of Flight School and really just trying to have a good attitude about it all.

    I might also add that it is interesting that they bitch about missing when they could be using their mistakes and failures as feedback to help them become better players.
  11. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    There will always be those who rise above. Not everyone can be the best.

    However, everyone can strive to be the best and in so doing improve their own abilities :)

    But yes, you can get very good at doing things the wrong way ;)

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