Watch your darts, not your target?

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by ducks, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Interesting. I called it 'Awareness of the Dart in Flight' after the Zen concept of 'awareness of the arrow in flight' where a Zen archer could not aim, but rather had to envision the flight of the arrow and it's impact on the target and then in one swift movement, pivot and loose the arrow (standing away from target, pivot towards and loose) and hit the center. I true Zen Master could hit the center without actually aiming other than in his mind.
     
  2. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Nice! Really profoundly excellent golfers are aware of all the variables and have a vision of the complete course of the ball. How they think it will react upon hiring the ground and how far it will roll to finish. The intuitive mind is a gift! We used to teach putting by having students trace their intended path for the ball to the hole with their eyes. Then, without looking back at the ball, attmpt to roll it along that path.
     
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  3. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    I'm starting to recover and it's posts like these that help me get my throw back!
     
  4. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    I’m finding my way back after 25 years off from darts. I don’t golf any longer so this has become my physical and mental challenge. The Inner Game post I made caused me to dig out the book. Many of the exercises were meant to cultivate a players awareness of their motion without it being about the mechanics. Not how far back you swung but rather when you stopped swinging back. I have started to use a variation of his back, hit, stop drill and am doing back, fly, stick for my darts. That and watching premier league Thursday nights.
     
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  5. VanO

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    I’ve been watching my darts a lot lately since I’ve been in a bit of a slump and have nothing to lose. I’m experimenting with slightly different staring orientations for the dart and different visualization of where my release is taking place. I’ve come to the conclusion that, if you can see the entire flight of the dart to the board then you are “aiming” correctly and releasing the dart along your “laser eye to the target.” I am beginning to finally like the “shape” of my dart flight path. Hopefully my game will improve along with it.
     
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  6. Kaitlin.Q

    Kaitlin.Q New Member

    Feels like some hidden intend after the article, didn't get it
     
  7. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    The article is long gone. Posted in the past but I think the point was one worth considering.
     
  8. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    It’s possible to find the article and others about sports psychology for darts. If you search the Martin effect vanbarneveld I think it brings up the blog. My opinion is that being aware of the dart’s flight connects us a bit more to the intuitive side of our play. That is why, I think, that great players release at different points for diffrent throws. Another article worth reading. I’ll have to find the post I shared it on.
    Anyway, good luck and don’t get too caught up in small details. It isn’t that they are unimportant but rather that they distract from the fundamental concept. Toss the dart through the wires around your target.
    All the best!
    Dutch
     
  9. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

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