Whether you plan to play dart games as a hobby or dream of becoming a professional player you have to own the right dart equipment.
So, what should you know and do when buying your own dart games gear?
Buying a dart game set is a lot like buying clothes as you need to try it and decide whether it fits you or not.
It is, therefore, better to go to a store and consult an experienced salesman than to do it online.
For best results, visit a dart specialty store or at least a sporting good shop which allows you to take a few throws and feel the darts you are about to spend your hard-earned dollars on so that you can be sure they are right for you.
The list of everything you need to start dart games:
Dart flight: Flights are the dart wings that are usually made of synthetic materials like plastic. The role of flight is to provide stability to a dart while it is in the air (aerodynamics). Flights can be replaced according to your preference as there are twelve or more different flight shapes to choose from.
Dart shafts: Shafts are also replaceable and come in six different lengths that allow you to fine-tune your favorite dart. The most often used lengths are the short, extra short, and the medium. It is best to try different options and discover the one that will best suit your throwing style and secure the best results. For example, if your dart wobbles when you throw it, try shortening the shaft.
Dartboard cabinet: In order to protect both your wall and your equipment, you need a dartboard cabinet. They come in various designs but are usually made from wood. In this way, the backboard will protect your wall from dart holes, and you will also have compartments to store your dart sets safely.
Scoreboards: In order to be able to follow the score correctly and avoid any doubts you have to own an appropriate scoreboard. The most sought for options are chalk, and dry erase scoreboards. Size and color are up to you!
Dart carry cases: in order to safely transport your darts, you should buy a dart carry case. They are made from different materials and come in numerous different designs and colors to choose from.
Dart mat: needed to help protect the floor, protect your dart and help you comply with the rules of the game by highlight Oche lines.
Dartboard stand: The dartboard stand is essential if you want to take the game anywhere, indoors or outdoor, instead of fixing it in your game room.
Dartboard lights: Useful accessories when you want to play dart games in the dark or in your basement.
Before you start, watch some YouTube videos that will help you understand the technique of throwing the dart.
Get a feel for the grip as it greatly influences how you will throw a dart. Grooved or patterned grips or knurls provide for a more controlled and consistent throw and thus a more accurate hit too.
Do not move your whole body when throwing but ONLY your arm.
The elbow must not stay fixed during the throw, or you will shoot the dart too early and diminish the accuracy of your throw.
A wrist snap can accelerate the dart but is hard to master.
When aiming, align your eyes with the dart and the target you wish to hit. The main focus needs to be on the target of course.
Move backward as far as possible, and to avoid slamming into your face, try pulling back under the chin or next to your cheek.
Do not add too much force or speed to a dart.
Do not allow for your arm to fall down after the release but rather keep it in the aiming position for a moment.
The dart should NEVER point down in any throwing phase so keep it up while you aim and try to throw it in such a way that it stills points a bit up when released.
If you have problems with a dart that wobbles when thrown, and most beginners do, try using a different flight or a shorter shaft. If that does not help, the dart probably points downwards in some phase of your throw, and you need to adjust it appropriately.