Get a Grip

On gripping the dart.


I try to discourage paying attention to things which may not be a difficulty for a particular person (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it). Bringing a subject up might just be enough to get someone thinking about (distracted by) something they need not bother with.


My suggestion follows the basic premise of everything I try to do in FS: deal with what you must but don’t loose sight of the fact that darts is mainly instinctive. Thinking will kill your game if you are not careful.


The way Phil Taylor holds his dart is about a far from ideal as it can be, but look what he’s done with it!! Thirteen times world champion.


A person’s effort to improve their game may be commendable, for certain, but might they, at times, dwell on something that may not yield a good ROTI (return on time invested)? My perspective is that fine motor movement, such as what works the fingers, has to be innate in order for it to be used effectively. Concentration on gross motor movement, such as what works the arm, will allow the other fine motor movement “stuff” to develop on its own.


Hello Coach. Here are some pictures of two different grips. First picture is one way I hold the dart and that would be from start to wrist snap. Second two would be the start, and then I curl the fingers back and PUSH the fingers forward at the wrist snap. The second way seems to be the most accurate. Do you have any input as to which way may be better than the other, or, I guess I should say is one a Bad habit over the other? Thanks.


From: George Silberzahn


Try this. Pick up a pen and write something. Now, drop the pen and throw three darts at the dart board and think about how you are holding the dart as much as you thought about how you were holding the pen when you were writing. How ever you are gripping the dart when you did this is the way you should always hold the dart. There is no best way other than the way it just happens. When you begin your “Group Darts” and “Accuracy” routines your focus needs to be on getting the dart to go into the hole. What your hand, fingers, arm and wrist are doing are none of your business, Lol. The photos are interesting and none appear to offer a better chance at getting the dart to behave during it’s trip to the board.

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