„I could probably write a book about this game – I’ve had 23 years in darts and still don’t understand it!“ – Raymond van Barneveld. From experience we can only say that Barney is absolutely right. We, too, have been looking for reasons for a lack of consistency for a long time.
The topic is complex and cannot be answered in one sentence. On the one hand, it is of course about the right technique, but on the other hand, it is also about regular - and even more important - efficient training. Along with this, the calculation of your points scored is just as essential as the daily form and the mental component. So there is no generally valid recipe for success except - reflect on technique and practice, practice, practice!
The right technique? We probably haven't found it ourselves yet! There are several factors, such as the stance, the centre of gravity, the arm position and the throw itself. Many have already dealt with this topic intensively. In order to eliminate any habits, it takes thousands of repetitions and a high level of concentration - and of course time. Ultimately, however, everyone is responsible one´s own success. A 100 percent perfection will probably never be reached - otherwise it there would only be one 9-darter after the other. Therefore it is important to work on your skills as often as possible.
We as amateur players did not presume to give tips in this regard. We would just like to point out that often, the daily form and mental strength are also decisive. And even these two aspects can be trained!
As the fourteen-time record PDC world champion philosophized in a German TV show, training - as in any other sport - is essential. Let's leave the throwing technique out of it! By stupidly trying to hit the Triple 20, you might get a little more routine in terms of precision. But that is by no means all that is needed to improve. The attentive reader will of course now ask himself the question: "How do I train appropriately?
This question is also very multi-layered! What is the potential for improvement in my game? Where are the biggest deficits? With which training games can I improve them? How can I keep the training from becoming one-sided in the long run, so that I don't lose interest?
It is difficult to answer these questions offhand. Self-reflection usually does not achieve its goal, since emotional perception always clouds the view. "The opponent was lucky! I had bad luck! My arrows were always on the wire." - who does not know these excuses? Will they get us further? Probably not!
We must be able to evaluate such things objectively so that we can improve qualitatively. To get closer to objective evaluation criteria, we use a procedure from science, the so-called "statistical analysis"! For this tool, we need a certain database, of course. As we have found out through machine learning, a database suitable for training results from the last twenty legs of the 501 (Single In, Double Out) mode.
But what is now being analyzed on the basis of this data? How can I derive my deficits from this data? The three-dart average and the checkout rate are familiar to attentive TV viewers - but closer inspection and reflection reveal that these values are not sufficient as assessment criteria for an efficient training. After a thorough examination it has been proven that it is reasonable to divide a game into five different sectors. The separation is largely based on the score left.
|1||501||First Nine||Start score up to the score, after nine thrown darts|
|2||First Nine||170||After nine thrown darts until the remaining score 170, as it is the first finish in the mode 501- SINGLE IN -DOUBLE OUT|
|4||100||41||mostly two dart-finishes|
|5||40||0||Checkout via a double field, maybe you need a preparation dart.|
For each of these sectors, a three-dart average and an average number of darts can be calculated with a data basis of twenty legs. Thus, the performance per sector can be reliably calculated. If the player skips a sector, it is not included in the average calculation of the last twenty Legs! (Example: A Player has a remaining score of 50 and checks the game via the bullseye. In other words, he is in sector 2 and skips sector 1 with the bullseye finish.
This methodology is generally applicable! No matter if newcomer, amateur or professional the approach delivers statistically comparable data (sectors). With the help of these data, a reliable statement can be made about where your game requires improvements.
Our app calculates exactly these statistical values and suggests varied and efficient training games according to your deficits. For example, if our analysis identifies the first two sectors as your weaker ones, you will need a training that will help you to achieve high scores. So we suggest the training games Scoring and 57+.
To keep the training varied, we have integrated a total of twelve different training games into the DARTSLIEBE App. So there is enough choice for all sectors presented. Meanwhile we are working every day to integrate more games and make the app even better. For you. For everyone. For a better game and training experience!