Flight School: A1 – Accuracy in Singles
A1 This drill can help both the person beginning the game and someone who has been at the game a while but who needs to tighten up their game.
The instructions for people beginning are listed first and for those already at the game second.
In either case, the first step is to establish a maximum length of time you want to spend at this drill. Although the goal is to finish the drill, early on you do not want to spend so much time trying to finish the requirements that it is no longer enjoyable. Know that over time you will be able to accomplish the goal of finishing within the time you commit, but as you begin you may need more time.
You will probably not understand what feeling your stroke means. This will most likely be caused by the fact that you do not have one. At least one that is perceptable to you. This drill will begin you on your way to being able to “feel” your delivery of a dart to the dart board.
A quote from DARTS: Beginning to End
Why a long stroke is a good thing.
A long stroke is when your arm is fully extended after release of your dart. The benefit of a long stroke is that a long stroke is so much easier to duplicate while steering your hand at your target much more effectively.
The stroke depictions vividly show what I subscribe to: every person has their own way of doing it and can reach a very high level of performance doing it their way, but if they have “alligator arm” follow through they may be limiting their performance potential and not know it. If a person were to watch the majority of dart players they’d see what a short stroke looks like and I believe that is the major cause of stunted improvement. A person can reach a certain level of play, a very good level for some, but just can’t seem to break into that upper most rank, that stratosphere where the best live.
Your practice will consist of hitting a target bed with two darts out of three, five times.
In order to get the feel of delivering darts to all sections of the dart board you will have a number of different beds as targets in different locations on the dart board.
Before you head to the practice board you will have to commit to finishing the session. You must discipline yourself to get through the whole session, all the target beds, all the hits, every time.
Definitions: Target bed means the area within the dividers of a specific frame.
You will be using the large single bed and only darts stuck in that bed count.
Set up a score board as follows:
Write these numbers in a list: 20; 19; 18; 17; 16; 15; 14; 13.
Procedure: You will progress through your list of target frames in sequence, shooting three darts at each target single. All three darts at each target bed every time.
The object is to stick two darts, at least, in the target single. When you hit a target single with at least two darts place a mark on the score board next to the target frame you just hit and with your next set of three darts play for the next target frame on your list. If you stick the first two darts in the target bed you are free to do the same with the third although the turn still counts as one hit.
If you miss with the first two darts stay with the target to at least get one in it.
If you do not stick at least two darts in the target single abandon that target frame for that loop through the list and play your next set of three darts at the next target frame on your list.
Continue through the list of target frames marking the ones in which you stick at least two darts.
When you mark a target frame the fifth time delete it from your list.
Continue looping through the list as many times as required to hit all target frames five times.
When you are able to consistently finish all the target frames in little more than five rounds through your list, across several days of practice, you are ready for the next level of drill.