A conversation with a new Flight Schooler-Improving

I have a couple of thoughts on your comments.

First one on “I’m having a hard time figuring out what I need to do. “  is that what you are experiencing is just normal. Your control of your stroke is erratic, as is to be expected, and one of the reasons is that you haven’t yet learned control of your focus, which is also to be expected. The physical part of delivering a dart to a dart board is not all that difficult but the part about span of attention is difficult. I’m guessing that for a couple of turns you have full focus, then after you’ve stuck a few darts where you want them, you shift into auto pilot. When you see the results of that – darts sprayed around – back comes your focus and the darts go back to behaving themselves. Your physical coordination does not leave you, it stays as it is, but your mind wanders without you knowing it. One of the things you are about with your practice is lengthening your span of attention. This is a critical thing about improving at darts. At first it is not so demanding because of the relatively big margin for error and that is what A1 is meant to help with.
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“Granted, I’ve only done this two nights so far, but I’m not sure that I can see it improving much on the accuracy, when the consistency is obviously not there.” This is you recognizing what I’ve said above and it brings me to my second thought. I mentioned before that you are on a journey; this is part of that. Expecting improvement in two days, at least improvement you can see, is a bit ambitious. You are improving with every dart you shoot but the increment of improvement is very small. Be patient with your self and after a few weeks of A1 you will find it easier to run through the drill. Don’t stress over not improving because you are improving. Usually the visable improvement shows up in what seems like all of a sudden but has been happening all along. An analogy I like is with children, those you don’t see regularly.  They walk in the door, you see the growth and are surprised by it. If you are around them every day you don’t notice the every day changes so what has been going on all along hits you all at once.
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Perfecting your dart stroke will continue to be a long slow journey with what seems like binary spikes, or jumps, in improvement but is in reality something which is going on during every one of your practice sessions.
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You are improving, you are getting better.

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