What are you really practicing?

Discussion in 'Practice, Strategy & Technique' started by BlackHorse, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    This was another interesting thread to me having been a golfer/ golf instructor. Many of the challenges are the same but in golf some of the variables can be extra confounding. For instance the offset error is 3 or 4 feet as opposed to an inch or two . Possibly the greatest golfer ever virtually no one has heard of, Moe Norman, said that golf requires both an art and a knack. The art being the mechanics and the knack being an understanding of the concept of the task and how the mechanics work for the individual. If we look closely at the best pros they are all different but, there are a great many things that they do virtually the same. I would think nearly all of them release their darts at the same point in their throw. In my opinion, they are more accurate because their hands and thus the dart on on the correct path longer which in turn gives them a larger window to release the dart and still have it follow the proper path to the target. In golf we would call this having a wider flat spot at the bottom of the swing arc. This means that they still miss but, their misses are more accurate than the rest of us. As for practicing an inaccurate throw I will add this dimension. Consistently inaccurate is something to work with whereas inconsistent and inaccurate is not.
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  2. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    I find that focus us key to a good practice session. If I'm not focusing I will stop my practice session because I feel it doesn't benefit me to practice half halfheartedly.
  3. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    I have found having a specific purpose is important. That purpose could be sort of general or very specific. I am drawing many parallels to hold with my darts. I do not play golf any longer so darts has become my new drug. There were times when I practiced golf where my purpose was to not miss a shot left of my target. Other times it was to make sure my hands were in front of the hit. Now with darts I do the similar things. Like no misses inside the double ring or left of the 20 wedge(somewhere I tend to be more often than not) or something like wrist first fingers last.
  4. Kaitlin.Q

    Kaitlin.Q New Member

    I practice 1-2h per day, but barely see results. As I read in one book, to achieve good results, I should train for ~10000h, no matter what field of activity, this is true?
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  5. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Welcome to the site Kaitlin. :)

    How long have you been playing? What kind of practice are you doing? Some argue that practice must be of good habits etc etc but I tend to argue that practice is just that, you, the board, your darts and nothing but working on throwing them at a target. The practice games on the site though, were developed to help that practice be more focused and that can be the difference between banging away and practicing with purpose.

    Make sense?
  6. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    Hey Kaitlin! Welcome to the group. It's great to have another person participating in the forum! I heard a great quote on practice from a pro pool player but I think it certainly works for darts; "Good players practice a shot until they hit it. Great players practice a shot until they never miss it again."

    The practice routines on here are good ones. They also make practice fun. A lot of people will just throw at the board. Pick different numbers (usually trip 20 and bull) and just throw at them. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it makes it difficult to calculate improvement unless it's significant. There are a few practice routines I use to just work on my game and have measurable calculations.

    First I usually just do a warmup where I throw 10 marks at each of the Cricket numbers starting with 20 and going to bull. Singles count as one mark, doubles as two, trips as.... you get the idea. I have to hit 10 marks on the number before moving to the next number. If there's a number I'm really struggling on, I may spend some extra time on it again after going through all the numbers.

    After that I will usually play 121. I'm a steel tipper, so this helps me with my chalking math and out shots. I start with 121 and I'm trying to get to 0 on a double in 9 darts or less. If I can't take it out on a double in 9 darts, I start over. If I hit it, I move on to 122 and so on. A lot of people play it where if you don't take out whatever number you are on in 9 darts you have to start over at 121, but I don't do that. If I'm on, for example, 135, and I don't take it out in 9 darts, I just start at 135 again. Whenever I finish practicing, I make a note of what number I stopped on, and on the next practice, I start over at 121 and try to stop on a higher number than the last time I practiced. I've been doing it this week and I stopped at 145 on Sunday, 156 on Monday, and 162 last night.

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