Competing with your selfPosted by geodie
My thinking goes like this: I can tell you what I think is the “best” form so you can find out how the “way you do it” compares to that form. I provide the manner in which to strive for the best form if you wish to go that route. The choice of changing your stroke or sticking with your current stroke is then yours to make. No matter which choice you make I provide the means for getting your stoke to be “as good as can be.”
The only thing you really need to “know” is that you can put a dart into a hole. When you “know” that you can begin to “just shoot the dart” or “just play the game.”
Getting to know you can put a dart into a hole is not something which you truly get to “Know” in a short period of time. It will take years of practice (all three types as I describe) and patience. A person has to accept that every dart shot during a session like “Accuracy” adds another brick in their wall of ability but the wall they are building is a mile long and a mile high. A whole lot of bricks!
Comment from an FSer
I would have to say this is my current struggle and it does effect my instinct/feel of the game to an extent right now because when I throw a wayward dart, my follow through is the 1st thing I start thinking about and in a match that is not good. I also have to put myself in as many pressure situations as possible as that is when my short follow through is more prevalent. I guess you have to be willing to accept a dip in performance when you work on making a change to something you have been doing for years and have had relatively good success with. Now with that said I am still working on building a consistent follow through into muscle memory (been about 2 weeks), I am also correcting a habit I have probably had for over 7 years. I will tell you this , when I can get into a match (take my mind out of it) my follow through is getting more consistent and higher scores are now the reward. Now when my mind starts trying to correct my short stroke, it does take me out of the game for a bit and I shoot below my average. However I just remember the games where everything was clicking and use that positive momentum to deal with the lower scores and keep moving forward. I am also video taping my throw while I practice. I have noticed that the practice is working and my stroke is longer more often than short. These tapes are allowing me to believe in my mechanics more, thus building my confidence. Sorry if this was long winded, while George’s warning is true, the risk is well worth the reward IMO.