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IDart4Wins

IDart4Wins  : Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:05 pm    Just wanted to add my first impressions of flight school here, while it’s still fresh on my mind.

 

I just started today and received the info and practice routines, and I am very impressed with everything that I’ve seen so far. I was already doing some things similar to some of the routines, but Mr. Silberzahn reinforced my belief in these and refined the way I was executing them, along with sharing a bit of knowledge that I had never thought about in my mechanics, ( this after years of playing and self analysis).

 

I believe though, that the most crucial part of this course, for me at least, will be the priceless knowledge passed along from Mr. Silberzahn’s years of playing and experience, and his insight into the mental side of our sport, and how to develop that “mental toughness” and “confidence” that is needed to succeed.

I have his book on order at my local book store, and I’m jumping with anticipation every time the phone rings lol.

 

I’ll start incorporating the practice regimes into my own practice sessions tomorrow and report the progress that is certain to come in a few days.

 

Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:02 pm    Progress Report,

 

I started the flight school practice regimes, that Mr. Silberzahn sent to me, just a few day ago, and already I have noticed several changes in my game.

 

I think I’m getting old now and set in my ways, because I didn’t really want to change the practice routines that I already had set up, but I did shorten them just a bit in order to add the new routines.

What I do is, I practice for about 1 hour at a time, several times a day,(this ranges from 4 to 6 or even 8 times each day).

 

Since receiving the new routines and material from Mr. Silberzahn, I now start each practice by first reading over his material on concentration and focus and what kind of “shooter” you want to be.

 

This helps me “set my mind and attitude” in the right frame to begin with. ( I could almost recite this material by heart now lol.)

I then take about 10 minutes to work with the wrist and finger exercises, not only trying to hit the board, but actually trying to get a good grouping here too.

 

Then as I work my way out to a full stroke in this exercise I just continue for another 10 minutes; focusing on feeling my throw and grouping my darts.

 

So I spend a total of about 40 to 80 minutes a day on the exercises and 10 to 20 minutes on the reading material.

 

The results?

 

I now feel far more comfortable with my throw than I have in many years. A tremendous improvement in general control and “adjusting” of shots after a miss.  More focused and intense practice sessions than ever before. And a deep welling desire to play someone for money!!!!! lol. just kidding…I think. And last but not least…………Yesterday I hit 3 Ton80’s in 1 one hour practice session, and then another in a tournament last night.

 

I know it may not seem like too big a deal to some of you guys, but it seemed almost monumental to me after all the months of practicing, with just one 180 every couple of days or so.

 

So I have to give Mr. Silberzahn’s “Flight School“, a 6 star rating on a scale from 1 to 5 stars.

 

 

Greg HowlingMonkey

HowlingMonkey  Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:20 pm  I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU George!

 

I received the first set of practice routines Sunday Morning. I have basically started at ground zero as my form had taken on a wrong turn somewhere . I was not using my fingers/wrist to power the dart anymore, relying on using the draw back of the forearm to power the dart. I will not go into where/when I received that advise but suffice to say it had detrimental effects on my game.

 

So on to the progress….

 

I had the concept of the finger/wrist curl down fairly quickly, within 15 minutes it was like revisting an old friend I had not seen in a number of years. This was something I did initially the first couple of years when I started playing. All of sudden my darts had a WONDERFUL zip in them again. Alebit there was not much accuracy to speak of, I am happy to take any victory even the small ones we sometimes take for granted.

 

So I began working the grouping exercise, where ever the first dart landed I attempted to place the second and third dart as close to it as possible. My small victory in this exercise; I had to retrieve 22 flights from the floor to replace on one of the shafts, once I even had to retrieve two flights from the floor. Like I said I am happy to take small victories.

 

To Be Continued……

 

This is my first post of many to come.

Greg

 

Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:41 am    Post subject: Flight School Inspiration

Hi All

I wanted to take a few minutes to PRAISE Flight School and George. This program is a wonderful thing that George has given us and I am very thankful for his time and advise.

 

Now on to the reason for this post.

DISCLAIMER: This post is intended to hopefully inspire others to work with the program and is in no way intended as a “bragging” session. Well maybe just a little but not much .

 

Some background:

I shot league and tournaments for about 3 years in 1997-1999 then suddenly took a 7 year hiatus from the sport, yes I do consider it to be a sport.

When I began to shoot again in April of this year, my darts were “all over” the board. For instance, I would be shooting at the T20 and consistently hitting the 9 and 13, this was occurring for every number I was shooting at missing by 2 and 3 wedges. My form was absolute crap. No power, no zip, and quite obviously no accuracy.

 

I found Flight School about 3 or 4 months ago and promptly signed up and began following George’s drills and advise. When I started the accuracy drill the first night I choose 5 numbers, thought how hard could it be to hit 25 triples in an hour. Well an hour and forty-five minutes later I found out how hard it could be to hit 25 triples in an hour . However despite all the frustration I have continued to dedicate 2 hours per night to the Flight School drills.

 

The Present:

For the past week I have moved to 14 numbers in an average of one hour and 5 minutes for the accuracy drill. I am currently leading our league in MVP points, fourth in winning percentage, and ranked an “A” player, I started the current season ranked as “C” player btw.

 

One thing I did notice during the accuracy drill, I was clock watching and began to compete against the clock, this caused the frustration to begin to creep back into my practice routine. So now I remove my watch, cover all the clocks and turn the music off. I started to really get absorbed in the drill, no distractions and began to “listen” to my stroke, this was huge. I check the time before I start the accuracy drill and even look at it again until the drill is complete. This has made practice a lot more fun and interesting because it is always a pleasant surprise to see that you made or were very close to the allotted time.

 

Enough about that, lets all tilt one for George.

Wow that was longer than I intended.

Thanks

Greg

Effrim

Effrim

 

Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:13 pm    Post subject:  I have been using the drills he sent me for a couple of weeks. They seem to be helping, especially with my focus. I agree, they can be tough – at the end I really have to focus in to finish.

 

Also, I have not seen any ill effects in my competitive play. But, I get out and play competitively 3 to 4 times a weeks

 

Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:56 pm    Post subject: I wanted to thank everyone for their input. George is correct, there is a valuable wealth of knowledge here – and everything is appreciated.

 

To expand on what I said earlier – I typically shoot better in competition than in practice. But now both are improving thanks to improved focus, especially in my practice. Seems that I was not taking my practice as seriously as matches. But now, I realize the importance of not even wasting a dart in practice – which in turn will help my overall game. I don’t have the exact quote, but in his book George says something to the effect of: every dart you throw will either improve your game or harm your game, but will never keep it the same. (sorry if I am way off, but don’t have my “text book” with me). So I no longer waste my time or energy casually tossing at the board.

Draco

Drac0

 

Mon May 21, 2007 10:01 am    Post subject:  Well George, I really have to give you a big thank you for flight school.

 

Attended my first real, play for money tournament over the weekend and wasn’t really sure what to expect of myself. My league and practice games had improved, but was still well below the level I expected to meet.

 

Won my first match (501 best of 5) 3-1. The winning legs for me were 20, 21 and 19 darts. Most of the day went like this. I didn’t make it to the money games, but was very pleased to at least be able to be competitive on my board. Considering at the end of league last year I was averaging 32-33 darts a game this is a remarkable performance.

 

And I haven’t even moved from working on my mechanics yet. Just been working on getting the throw and follow through correct and groupings. Going to start working on accuracy a bit more now, and get the focus up as well.

 

Yet again, thanks George for the help with my game.

 

Cheers,

Mark

Davin Burgess

Heh, I noticed Stacy Bromberg posted something on your facebook page. She was picking (flirting) on me at Music City Classic this past year. When she sat down to watch Jim Widdy get beat by one of our home town guys Chuck P in a final for 501, if memory serves me correct. She was telling one of her friends about how Chuck was an elephant trainer by day. Which is probably why he has nerves of steal, dealing with goliths of the earth on a daily basis.

 

Just struck me as funny I suppose.

 

I’m playing in a one day tourney tomorrow. I’m feeling good George. Your drills have helped me, seriously. I feel i’m stroking better than ever. And at first I didn’t give grouping drill much attention. But now, I really do incorporate it before and between whatever I’m doing. Really does help you find the stroke to put the dart in the hole. I keep getting ah ha moments from the things you have said. It’s pretty cool.

 

It’s also pretty cool when guys that used to beat the snot out of you tell ya that they like to play you just to watch you throw, even though they know they are gonna get slaughtered. This one older guy says I have one of the prettiest strokes around. That was really cool and I told him as much. He now calls me the pro after I beat Baggish a couple of months ago in a tourney. These are the guys I used to look up to( I still do in a way, just because they have thrown for so many years and I’m pretty much still new (only thrown for 4 years). Guys i have tried to emulate I guess in a way. It’s nice to be respected and people wanting you to be their partner. And when guys hear they have to play me, cringe. haha…

 

I have seen pics of me at the oche with my stance and grip and it’s a trip to see yourself because I do seem to have a good grasp right there. Does look good. I’m not trying to toot my own horn by any means. But i have put countless hours on the oche. And i have already taught myself the exact stroke you speak of. The follow through… when I reach… etc. So seeing what you put into words and what I do already is cool. Because it was self taught over the past 4 years of just watching others and taking little things from everyone and incorporating them into the stroke I have developed. Even from the very start, the local legends told me I had a beautiful stroke. That feed my ego to make that stroke deadly accurate. Im getting there. Top players from around here are now telling me they will and want to play with me in tourneys. That’s exciting!

 

I just love this game/sport. It’s definitely my passion. My old friends of course hate it because we never see each other much anymore. Im always out stroking.

 

 

Another guy told me if I keep at it and keep progressing the way I am. I will be a nationally ranked contender. Of course he was drunk though. Ha

 

Well sorry for the long note George. I’m just excited with passion about darts right now. I have gotten better in the past couple of months. And I really think I owe it to you. So thanks!

David

George, Thank you again for your help and guidance.

 

I am dedicating myself to the drills you have recommended. I’ve already learned several things about myself and my game since we have been conversing. I will definitely treat stroke training separate from accuracy and game competition; I think this is very helpful. Perhaps most importantly for me, you’ve given me some keys to look at myself in terms of where I want to be in competition, and my mental approach to those matches.

I will be sweeping aside thoughts of ‘I just don’t want to embarrass myself’ and ‘I just hope I shoot well.’ Even this week in league, against a very skilled player in singles, I took the approach. ‘this guy wants to beat me. He thinks he’s better than me. I’m going to kick him off my board’ And I did. I will stay in touch as I work through this process.

 

Thanks again, David

DartFace

DartFace

 

Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:09 am    Post subject: George Silberzahn wrote: [ Since I’m constantly trying to improve my suggestions, and finding I need to do just that, maybe I could get some help from you two, and the others here who are using Flight School? What kind of time frame would you put on expectation for seeing improvement in a person’s dart game? And what measures would you use?

Caution: I steal every good idea I can find, so you may find your words showing up in Flight School somewhere, or in a book or something.

 

I started FS, practicing triples and DB. sometimes it took me two or more hours to finish. I tried to do this everyday. After about 3 months, I notice that I hit triples with much more frequently in matches and I have a lot more confidence in general. These numbers now take me about an hour or so.

 

In cricket matches, when I find that I’m missing — and waiting for my turn to throw — I think ” I hit these numbers everyday ” This really boosts my confidence, and it usually picks me up; there are a few guys on my team that say that they kill the board at home and choke in the bar. I find that the grouping and accuracy drills keep me focused and confident where ever I play. I still get nervous when I’m in a match, but when i put in my practice time, I feel prepared to play as best as I can.

 

The last few weeks, I started to include additional numbers : T20, D16, D20, D8, D10

 

After looking at my 01 wins and losses, I find that these are the numbers that I’m aiming for ( a lot of the time). I just started including these numbers, so I’ll post again after a few weeks.

 

I think that matches are the best way to measure progress.

CaptCanada

CaptCanada

Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:02 am    Post subject:

 

Since starting flight School I was already 10 weeks into our league play.

During that first 10 wks of play I only had a 40 (3 dart) average and 6 finishes.

 

We have had 6 weeks since I started following George’s regime and I now have a 47 (3 dart) average and 16 more finishes.

 

It sure does Help…..Practice Practice Practice………

 

Knock on Wood…..Was in 5 place now we are First

 

Also got picked to go to a Provincial level Tourny (4 man Team).

 

FYI – I play 01. Steel tip.

 

 

More good news to follow.

C Keen

Good day Mr. Silberzahn, Jan. 6, 2009

 

I bought and read the 2nd edition of your book a few weeks ago (twice, in fact) and would like to join Flight School. I really appreciated the distinction you draw between ‘shooting’, ‘playing’ and ‘playing around with’ the game. Too much of my energy has been taken up with ‘playing around’ and/or just ‘playing’ with the false expectation that this would help me become a better shooter.

 

In this new year I want to make my practice and preparation the most effective it can be, because the game isn’t ultimately fun for me unless I’m shooting well and improving. As written earlier, I’ve read your book twice (and the section on practice several times) and have changed my practice routine so that I do ‘group darts’ for fifteen minutes until I’m not thinking and only ‘feeling’ my stroke and then do the ‘Accuracy’ drill. Right now I’m on 8 numbers in an hour, or 40 targets. I no longer play games versus imaginary opponents or the SEWA games as I’ve found I spend too much time thinking about the abstractions and/or my personal best scores instead of really practicing.

 

What’s the next step I should take?

 

Best regards, C. Keen

 

p.s. The book is wonderful — I really appreciate your direct, no-nonsense style. I’ve recommended it to all my dart playing friends and wish that I had known of it when I first started playing three years ago. It might have saved me a lot of trouble and mental anguish. I say ‘might’ because I don’t know how much of it I would have recognized as being ‘right on’ without three years of trial, error and trouble. Thanks for writing it!

 

We corresponded concerning Flight School earlier in the year.  I’ve seen consistent progression since then, and just finished my best (because most consistent) league season ever.  I had less luck getting the other guys on my team to actually practice on a more frequent basis (i.e. going to the pub to throw a few with dart buddies is NOT practice), but that’s beside the point.  I’m happy to know how to practice to good effect.

 

To that end, I’ve heard talk of a Ten Ton Drill on SEWA and would like to know how to works.  I’m up to 14 numbers in an hour and would like something to add a bit of variety.  I’m OK with experiencing frustration.

 

The Ten Ton Drill is the high end of FS practice drills. If you have gotten to the point in “Accuracy” where you are knocking out at least fourteen numbers within forty to seventy minutes you are probably ready to take a whack at “Perfecting Scoring.”

 

Please get back to me with your results?

 

When you get so you can finish ten numbers, in “Perfecting Scoring,” in from forty to seventy minutes you will be playing at world class level. I hope to see you on TV!!

 

Your friend in darts, George S.

 

ps: there are those who are willing to do what it takes to be a “Shooter” and there are those who, for all their dart life, will be a “Player.” You, my friend, appear to be a Shooter.

 

June 8, ’09 Hi again,

 

Thank much for the reply!  I’m looking forward to giving the drill a shot tomorrow.  I’ll let you know in a week or two how I’m faring.  

 

I’ve done the ‘accuracy’ drill many times over the past few months.  Perhaps you’d be interested to know my experience of it.  I get warmed up and then start moving through numbers.  I usually start very fast, and within 20 minutes or so have 2-3 marks on a good amount of numbers.  Then, in the blink of an eye, I can’t hit anything.  My mind starts wandering and I can’t focus on the target.  I can’t hold the double or triple bed in my vision and put the dart in the target.  I start to feel anxious and frustrated.  I start to think about stopping.

 

This is the point at which I think I actually get better, because I have to push past all of that to finish the drill.  It’ll take a few minutes but I’ll gradually start to hit numbers again.  I usually finish the drill as strong as I started it, sometimes hitting six targets out of ten darts thrown.  This is how it goes pretty much every time I do 12-14 numbers in a session.  EVERY TIME.  Dealing with the lull (which is mental) is the best part of the practice, and I’ve found that practicing the capacity to really buckle down and focus has been the best part of doing the accuracy drill.  I can’t snap into this focus whenever I want to, but I’m becoming much more proficient at turning it on and off when I need to.  This makes it easier for me to play well consistently throughout an evening of league (dealing with waiting an hour between matches), and should I ever become a genuine tournament player it will be essential then too.

 

I saw that you posted my earlier email on SEWA.  I’m glad to help put a good word about the work you’ve done on behalf of the sport of darts.  I can’t wait for the new book!  

 

Best regards,

 

C. Keen

BlackHorse

BlackHorse Surrey, BC

I posted the Pegasus’ Party last night for fun, and it was for me. However, when it came to hitting the Skinny Singles for an Out, I realized that there isn’t as much target there as I thought – I never even notice those segments except after missing the Bull usually!! It is a funny feeling to look at them as a target.

 

So I put on the mindset of a FS Spot Shooter and hit quite well – my games posted will show I hit a few on purpose! Not all, but again, they are a small target really.

 

As a sideline, the mental approach to a target, as FS teaches, is crucial. When I invent one of my bastardized games, there is the chance that a target, the Bull for example, takes on a whole different size. If you look at the whole Bull as being worth 50, for an example, it grows in size!! We did that for a thing called Ogre’s Challenge and it was amazing how many 150s I hit! I used to think of it as a carnival game, and imagine the Bull was oversized like on a soft tip board. I would actually play the circus song in my head when diddling, and I hit more Bulls than usual that way.

 

Mindset and Spot Shooting, two FS staples! No wait, don’t hit the staples….. Oh, I mean, thanks George!