Doubling out in darts is one of the most important aspects of the game to practice and improve upon. There are several different practice routines you can find and follow. In this post I will describe what I call the “Perfect Doubles”. It’s not that these doubles are better than any others, each double is the same size as any other double (aside from the red bull), they just allow you more opportunities to get your out; and, although there are five perfect doubles on the board you can focus on the top three alone if you prefer.
These perfect doubles provide three chances to get out, one for each dart when you step up to the oche. Let’s use the 20 as an example:
Of course, if you miss the double and get something other than the single you targeted you will have to adjust what you throw next in game play. This practice is more about being able to throw at different targets around the board with each dart you throw.
The perfect doubles are (following the example above):
|Starting Double||Second Chance Double||Last Dart Double|
You might notice that the last two perfect doubles follow from the double 16 (8 and 4).
For clarity’s sake, the practice round goes along these lines: your first dart is at double 20; your second dart is at double 10; and, your final dart is at double 5. Ideally you will hit each double but if you miss carry on to the next target all the same. Repeat for each of the perfect doubles you want to practice.
Almost everyone has their own method of preparation and practice for any game involving physical activity, including darts.
I thought I would share some of my habits as I get a bit more serious about the quality of my game. In this post I’ll describe my first throws when I step up to a dart board either in practice or before playing. Feel free to give them a try and let me know if they help your game.
This practice routine is a quick dozen throws you can do in a few minutes and should help you get in range for scoring and doubling out while also preparing to “diddle for the middle” at the beginning of the game.
Step up to the oche; get into your stance; and, prepare to throw.
There you have it. You’ve practiced some good scoring trebles; some common outs; and, you focused on the bull’s eye preparing you for the start of your game … or, a great out!
You’re ready to win!
If you’re not drinking the Kool-aid then you shouldn’t be sitting at the table.
If the ignorant were the geniuses they believe themselves to be there would be no poverty, famine, disease, or war.
A friend pointed this site out to me … here’s my 2016; feel free to visit and see what your year in WordPress for 2016 was like.
Monday nights (for the most part) Terri and I play darts in the “Valley Town Mixed Dart League”. It’s a great deal of fun and a good night out for all involved, but one of the things that seems to stress players (usually captains, co-captains, or their assigns) is the player rotation for the night.
There are a few league rules that pertain specifically to how the team sets up their player rotation and unfortunately not every league night has every team player show up … life happens.
I am going to make an Excel spreadsheet available that provides a relatively easy to follow player rotation suggestion (the link is to the CloudUp service where you can download the file) for anyone to use. It takes into account when all eight team members show up to when just four players are able to play. I imagine this would be usable for many leagues but this particular schedule is designed around the idea of playing seven doubles, seven triples, and five singles.
Feel free to use, share, or modify this to your heart’s content. If you find any concerns in the current version of the spreadsheet let me know; just end me an email or leave an appropriate comment below and I will try to get it sorted out and make any corrections available as soon as possible.
Thanks; and, throw a 180!!
Back on August 23 there was a WordPress theme review meeting that included a discussion (and vote?!) about restricting the number of new themes an author can submit to the WordPress theme repository. Current guidelines/rules make that a limit of one. Yes, a single theme (although supposedly updates to approved themes do not count)!!
I apparently missed that meeting (although I did go back and “vote” against the rule earlier today); and, I opened a discussion related to it on the WordPress #themereview Slack channel (it’s a long read now).
Hopefully I got my point across about it not being a good idea but there does not seem to be many, if any, supporters for changing it now (even if it was meant as a three month trial); although the idea to remove it when the queue is only a couple of weeks long was suggested. Unfortunately my schedule does not readily allow for midday meetings when the theme review team meets to discuss their latest ideas, or review past decisions … and using the rule as a queue shortener?! Really?
Little did I know all those years ago when a friend expressed his concerns for creating guidelines related to theme submissions that they would come to fruition. Even though I am no longer directly involved with the theme review team admins (or whatever appeasement title they choose to be known as) I can only hope that finding the time today to start the discussion will keep it fresh enough for the next theme review team meeting.
In the meantime, I am going back to developing my “new” theme; and, wondering where to publish it. Since the WordPress theme directory/repository and its myriad guidelines/rules may be making it not the best place to do so anymore (again?!!) I will have to start looking elsewhere.
It’s about time … well, almost, my carrier doesn’t have any stock at the moment but that doesn’t stop us from ordering the phone all the same; but, that’s not what I wrote to tell you about.
Whenever you are updating any service, always remember that almost all of the “big” carriers/providers have a “loyalty” department. Even if you haven’t been a long time customer, give them a call and ask for a better deal. It might not be much but like the old adage says, “if you don’t ask, you won’t get”.
Thanks to the loyalty agent that worked with us yesterday; and, Telus, don’t forget to thank these people, too. They do a great job and work hard to retain your existing customers!
The music is loud but good all the same. It seems the band caters to the local university crowd even if they’re playing sets more suitable to my age group. Although the current set sounds just as good as the earlier sets I don’t think I know the actual songs themselves.
We call this Saturday night at the Winchester Arms. Pizza; Stella; good music … not much more to ask for.