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     Soft Tip Darts, Can it be fun?

    Soft Tip DartsErik writes "Last night I shot some soft tips! Heck, I hadn't shot a soft tip dart in league play since about 1989! So imagine how strange it was.

    A friend of mine needed a sub (for him while he was away training with his reserve unit) and I agreed to do it. That's what friends are for right?

    I really wasn't excited about playing 'Nintendo Darts' as I frequently call them, and the idea of putting quarters into a dartboard has never enthused me, but friends are friends so off I went.

    Once I was at the location -- new to me -- I settled in and sat quietly for a bit just checking the place out. I was a bit worried that these new folks would not appreciate someone of my caliber playing as a sub, but I hoped it would be ok, and besides, I was really tired from working the evening before (in fact all day and all night) so couldn't focus all that well anyway.

    After the other team finished practicing, they had only one board, I asked if I could jump in there. Their reply, quite nicely, was that the visiting team got the board from 6:30 to 7pm so enjoy! It was 6:30.

    Now, as a steel tipper who regularly plays in a pub with 6 boards, and where everyone just throws and throws before the beginning of a league or tournament, this was certainly new to me.

    Being a rookie, I tossed a buck into the machine, selected 1001, one player and began hitting the board. NO! Not physically 'hitting' the board, but throwing my darts at it. After a couple hat tricks (three in the oversized bulls eye) the other team began to joke about 'getting those out of the way now' and seemed quite at ease. I averaged over 100 points per round in that game of 1001 (according to the machine) and felt I needed at least an hour to get really warmed up!

    Once we got started the pace was very, well relaxed might be a good word. We played a team game first which was very 'different' for me! Each team split into two teams of two and then each team of two had 301 points. Essentially, the first team of two to reach 0 wins. BUT, if your partner team has a higher score then the other two combined, then you can't go out. It's a game called 301 freeze and though they don't admit it openly, it's a way of handicapping your better players by making sure that if they scream down fast, they have to wait for their partner.

    Anyway, after the team game we play 4 games of doubles each (played like the team game only with 1 player per score of 301) and then a singles round (one singles game each). And that ends the evening.

    The opposing team was very gracious and welcoming and the atmosphere was inviting. All in all I have to admit having fun and enjoying the evening, more because of the people then anything else. The board was hard to focus on, allowed bounced out darts to count, you didn't have to double out or on and everything was very big. But, the fact that it is hard to focus on, was the wrong colors (completely threw me off for a while) and my eyes were very tired helped to even the odds a bit!

    So how did I do? Well, my friend who asked me to sub said his record was 26 bulls in 6 games (I think that is how many they play) with three hat tricks, my record for this one evening was only 25 bulls and two hat tricks! *Chuckle* so he gets to keep his record.

    If you are interested in this league, shoot me a PM and I can hook you up with the folks that run the league so you can get some details. It's a fun league to play in and I would recommend it to anyone interested in going out and just tossing some darts for fun each week – and who isn’t interested in steel tips of course!

    Erik
    "



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    Re: Soft Tip Darts, Can it be fun? (Score: 1)
    by Tom (worlds_best_dart_player@youknowit.com) on Wednesday, July 19 @ 11:19:26 UTC
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    I think I have only ever once played with soft tip darts. That must have been about two years ago in spain with me dad at the bowling alley, to be honest though i can't remember anything, was long time ago for me (im stil only 15 lol) The games sound a bit baffeling though, i think Ill stick with some proper darts! (too offence intented to anyone!)



    Re: Soft Tip Darts, Can it be fun? (Score: 1)
    by USUALCHAOS on Sunday, November 11 @ 05:45:53 UTC
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    Darts is darts. Soft topped darts is just another version of the game we all love.



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