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A great success story and endorsement of B2E

Subject: Best Dart Book ever!
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:15 am

My opinion is Darts Beginning To End By my mentor George Silberzahn. Why? Well it covers how,what, why.
Many books are just an autobiography of what the guy did and to be honest I wanted something to show me how to play the game, discuss ya grip, your equipment, your stroke, your mental game, Dart exercise routines that aren’t boring and too hard for beginners. A way to progress from Beginning to end. And you get to e-mail and talk to the author !!!!! about questions and actually get
answers!! Of course ya get some of his and others experiences. What to avoid , what to do if say this is happening to you. Simply said if read and applied you will be the best you can be. George has dedicated much of his life to advancing darts and helping people. I just wish I was younger when I met George. His stuff works I’m living proof .
I was in my early sixties when I bought the book and took up Flight  School.
First season placed in the top ten shooters in top league! Next season vote MVP for team and place again in top ten shooters.
Next season Voted MVP for team , TOP shooter in league and won the championship!
Since have been in top 10 shooters. Won 11 trophies and or awards in 2 years of playing.
I play steel but was asked to play in state soft tip Tourney – Placed second in the State.
Enough already, but you get the idea ! Oh its lots of practice btw and not all wins but I just have to give credit where credit is due to my Friend and mentor George Silberzahn and the book “Darts Beginning to End” and Flight School”

Below in my signature is site to join flight school and its free for God’s sake!!!
Thanks George ! Larry Allen

I just couldn’t resist posting this

By 
Francisco Jedjie Joaquin “Jedi” (Batangas City, Region 4 Philippines) – 
Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: DARTS Beginning to End (Paperback)

This is a Gem of a reference manual, that it answers all of those questions lingering on your mind, when you are just starting up with Darts.
The topics in the book hit all the spots of concerns for all those readers out there(beginner nor expert), Its a bulls eye! I will bet on this.
Dont hesitate to buy this one before its gone. Thumbs up! Wonderful!
You will be a top notch Darter guaranteed. The Author knows what his stuff is.

“How to” and “B2E” difference

Good morning,  I reread how to master the sport of darts, then when I got B2E last Friday I read it.  I really liked the Wybmadiity section, especially the contrasts between the 2 books different players.  I am a little jealous of what appears to me to be a much higher level of camaraderie during the time when you were up and coming.  There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of personal mentoring going on any more(at least in the area I’m from).  I was wondering if you think that’s true or if I’m just not seeing it.  If it is true why do you think it is?  And do you think that it would help the level of competition here in the U.S.?  It just seemed really cool how in the first book all the same names kept popping up over and over.

  Still pounding away and enjoying it.  Thanks Again. Daniel

 Hoo Ray! Someone who gets why I did the interviews for WYBMADIITY differently for B2E. Thank you very much.

The life of a modern Pro darts player is what I wanted to come through, and you have it exactly right with “There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of personal mentoring going on any more.”   I believe some of that is still around but not nearly as much.

My take on why this change has two points:

Those in “How To” were from the same neighborhood as far as country wide goes. We were from the northeast section (PA, NJ, MA) pretty much, and shared the same banter kind of attitude. One- ups- manship was part and parcel of competition. We could smile as we needled each other but the smile barely covered the intimidation attempt. This was another competition we shared and if you watch for it, you’ll see it even now. Plus we were all learning about the new English style of darts so had that in common.

Point number two: We were all just trying to recover the money it cost to attend tournaments so the money wasn’t such a deal that friendships would be over ridden. After the day’s competition, attending tournaments was more like a weekend away at a party, visiting cities new to us and meeting people new to us. We were interested in helping others learn the game and for the game/sport to grow but at tournaments that attitude only hung around until it came to later rounds and we would meet other “names” in matches. Everyone got a real case of the ‘serious’ then. Most of the time the early rounds still had local people in them who were enjoying meeting and being around the “names” and they didn’t present much of a threat.

Tournaments became longer and an endurance test which made it much more difficult to stay up after tournament activity, which is part of the reason the party mentality had to subside.

American tournaments pretty much are the same as then except there aren’t people ready for some ‘action’ between or after tournament matches. That was another way to recover some cost. Of course it could increase the cost too 🙁 . Long after the day’s events ended you could find some people back on corner boards quietly trying to make airfare.

Today’s pros, and those striving to be one, are in an all together different situation. Money is the thing; it’s how they make their living. Don’t get me wrong here, people are the same as those in “How To” when they are playing locally, in league or tournament. They will offer hints and tips to those who they do not view as very strong competitors but will not say or do anything that will strengthen someone who is after the same cash. That goes for sponsorship too. Money from top finishes is still split among some of these folks and that comes from the stark reality of prize amounts vs costs. And the top people who attend tournaments throughout the US still arrange for partners who will give them the best opportunity to get the cash, same as it was back in the day.

I still have a concern for the American style tournaments being held now as I had back in the day. At first the tournaments were well attended by local players eager to be around the “names” and play against them with the occasional couple of bucks they might pickup, mostly from the LOD or mixed doubles. As the cost of attending the tournament rose the fact that these local people stood about a zero chance of winning any money, the view of the “name” person shifted. We became the people who were taking all the money and the locals were just contributing to us. That’s when attendance began falling and a lot of the tournaments began failing.

What you’ve noted: the difference between “How To” and B2E is what prompted me to write B2E and “Beginning the Sport of Darts,” my first booklet: the desire to help as many people learn and have more fun at our game/sport as I can. And now Flight School is filling my time with even greater gratification. 

Thanks for your comments and interest in my work. Your friend in darts, George S.

Robert Race

“Just finished reading George’s book “Darts, Beginning to End” and found it to be very useful. The idea that a book could be helpful in a physical activity such as darts was foreign to me. The book is the culmination of year’s of experience from playing, builds upon his previous works and doesn’t dwell on the physical. Rather, the drills and advice within focus more on the mental side of the game and removing the doubts one may have about the physical side of one’s game. Along with George’s advice on practice you get insights from shooters of all levels concerning their progress as well stories from some of the top pro shooters of today. I highly recommend adding “Darts, Beginning to End” to your library!”

It Works!!!

I talked to my captain early before our match on Thurs.  His response was “ok, you get the max tonight and we’ll see what you can do” I shot 3rd in the Oh-1 lineups and ended up doubling in 3 of the 4 Oh-1 games I shot in.  I also took out 3 of the 4.  My cricket game was amazing as well.  I was completely in the zone.  They shot first, hit 2 20’s.  I shot next, hit 6 20’s!!!!!  They shot, I forgot what they hit.  My partner shot gets 1 19.  When it was my turn again, I hit a double 19, trip 18 and trip 17!!!!!!  This is NOT my norm.  I was way HOT.  That being said I contribute a lot of it to being mentally prepared to rise to a challenge as well as the practice I have been putting in.  I owe a lot to you and your books in my young career.   I have competed on a national level in volleyball.  I am also a certified bowling coach and carry an avg. generally around the 195 mark. 

 

The only reason I mention these things is because I always try to broaden my knowledge from books in sports that I have really achieved in, but have never read ANY book in any sport I have played that converts so well to practical application.  GREAT WORK!!!!!!!   Thanks again!!!!
John

C. Keen writes

Hi George,
I got the new book in the mail last week and have already read most of it twice-over.  It’s everything How to Master… was and then some.  Great stuff.  I wish I had the cash to buy it in bulk and hand it out to all the people who I know who play darts with any interest.  Heck, if I was a rich man I would buy enough for every member of the Massachusetts Minuteman Dart League.  Anyway, that’s all for now.  Take care.

Best, C. Keen

Wayne Crook writes

Sharpeners, extractors, cases, backboards…the list goes on & on & on, but I have never seen a book about Darts that I would classify as a “Tool of the Trade” until now.

After reading George Silberzahn’s new Darts Beginning to End I find that it needs to reside in my Darts tool kit rather than on the book shelf. If I have a viable question on any aspect of Darts, this book has the answer. Sounds like one heck of a tool to me!

Congratulations George, you have seriously hit a Grand Slam Homerun with this one.

Wayne Crook

 

Best Instruction Book

 

I have found “DARTS Beginning to End” to be the best book I have found for instructional purposes, and with the most and most useful content in regard to practice and improvement of one’s game. This book has supplanted my former one as my “go-to” reference for when I want some technical clarification, or to reacquaint myself with fundamentals of execution.

 

With this book, it is very true that one can go back to it and gain a new and better understanding of what it is intending to impart to the reader.

  

As far as the practice content, there’s enough in there to keep me challenged for years to come.

 

Mainly at my present skill level, I find the initial assignment Flight School (outs) keeps me busy enough.  I have not practiced every single day without fail, so I do practice grouping still from time to time before working on the other routines.

 

I have seen improvement; it is a great feeling (sometimes feels almost surprising) when I’m in the groove and can place my darts with barrels touching or nearly so– mind you it’s more of a rarity than commonplace, but it happens whereas it never used to. Shots at the bull or triple 20 are becoming more reliable; it’s feeling more and more that the dart can end up where I’m intending to place it. I’m hoping to tighten-up yet more, and to get much more consistent in execution and outcome. 

 

Robert Saltiel

First Read Impression

I’ve just finished the book, Beginning to End. This is the very first book on darts, of any kind, that I have purchased, or read, in my 18 years in the game. When I have more time, and am relaxed at home, I will give my full review.
I will say this. If George writes another book, I will be first in line to get a copy. His indepth look into the game, is second to none, and the way he combines his knowledge, with others questions, and stories, is supurb. George, you get 10 thumbs up on your book. It was a pleasure reading it. Stay tuned for my full review. Frank Smith

Chris – AKA Hitman

I’ve just recently received and read through Darts beginning to End. I never realized how much I was competing with myself while I practiced until after reading the book. I’ve only been playing darts consistently for just over a year. Where I live there is a soft tip cricket league divisions A-F in the fall and and A-D in the summer. I’m down toward the bottom.

During the fall my team won the E league division and I shot a 2.01. I’ve been playing a lot since then and am currently shooting a 2.35 in the summer league. Lately I’ve been getting frustrated because when I play someone for drinks in singles I shoot between 2.8-3.1 avg. and beat some decent “throwers” but during leagues when there are breaks between my shooting I don’t fair so well. I strive to be a great “shooter” and beat the best in my area which there are a few players who shoot slightly higher than a 4.0. George really hits on the positive reinforcement in his book which is key to becoming more consistent. The grouping and accuracy drills I feel have already helped me, even though I’ve only had the book for such a short time. One of my problems also was changing my mechanics over and over when I started to miss, this was a mistake and thanks to George I will be able to start fixing these kinds of things….hopefully.

George your book is a great buy. I can’t wait to be shooting with the best!

Thanks, Hitman/Chris