When I joined leagues about eleven years ago, I was struck by how many people told me they'd been playing for ten, twenty, forty (!) years.... and when I watched them - they still sucked. I mean, really. Oh I know it's a tough game, I really do. But if you've been playing for decades and still can't hit what you want fairly often, I mean even singles, then what have you been doing all this time?! I'll tell you - you've just been huckin' at the board. Huckin' and hopin'. Hoping somehow that this trip to the board will be different, that things will click and you'll hit a great shot. I know there are lots of social darters who like playing darts the way they like playing slot machines. They throw for the fun of seeing what'll come up. A triple is a jump for joy - I can't share their enthusiasm cuz I want to hit trips on purpose, not as a random act. But the players who insist that they want to become better, who 'practice' for hours sometimes, and who seem to be miserable every time they show up cuz they can't hit what they want... ??!! I tell many people, some over and over, that unless they fix their mechanics they will never get better. When they 'practice', all they are doing is ingraining their bad habits into their throwing action. Until they change their throw, they will not only never get better, but they are making it more and more difficult to ever change. I'm not taking about naturally talented people, people who can hit tremendously from the first time they picked up a dart, who are blessed with extraordinary hand eye co-ordination. Let's just all agree to hate them and move on. If you have to work hard to throw well, and I do, then you have to break down your mechanics and find out why you are missing. I have changed stances and darts and elbow position and forearm position and grip strength. One at a time, sometimes combinations, over lots of throwing and determining what works and what I can repeat. Oh I am still no tournament winner, but I am far superior to when I first started. And that's the journey, that's the aim, to become the best you yourself can be. So stop practicing your mistakes. Fix your mechanics the best you can and then practice that fix. Then evolve to the next level, find out what you need to do to get better, why are you missing certain shots, fix that and practice the new throw. Repeat forever, lol.