About darts

history of how darts evolvedHow did the game of darts evolve?

It is believed that darts as a sport evolved from many forms whether it be martial arts, archery etc, the first dartboard was probably a tree!!! It was played in the 1800s and it was around the 1900's that rules for darts began to settle and layout of boards etc were standardised.

Today's darts is played around the world and is a great game to enjoy by all. It is fun but also assists with mental agility, hand eye coordination and arithmetic. It is relatively low cost to set up and does not require a huge fields so is attractive to many.

What are the parts of a dart?

As shown in Diagram A, there are 4 basic parts to a dart: the point, the barrel, the shaft and the flight different parts of a dart

Diagram A

Steel Tip and Soft Tip Dart points


Difference between steel and soft tip?

Steel tips are used in traditional darts these metal points are thrown at a bristle dartboard. Soft Tip darts with their plastic flexible tips are thrown at a plastic board with molded holes in it, which accept and hold the point of the dart. Soft tip dart points do break regularily so make sure you have spares.

Dart Barrel

The barrel is the essential part of the dart, the darter should pick a dart barrel design that is best for them.

What darts are made from?

Most dart barrels are made from tungsten, brass or nickel alloys. Beginning darters will typically use brass or nickel/silver darts because they are the least expensive.

A major objective in darts is to put all 3 darts close together in a high score area. The thickness of brass and nickel/silver barrels can crowd out following darts, preventing tight groupings and high scores. This makes Tungsten the superior choice allowing narrower barrels and tighter grouping on the dartboard.

Darts are shaped differently and have different grips to suit different throwing styles and different hands i.e. front weighted balanced or back weighted. See Which Dart to Buy ?

dart flight and dart shaft exampleShaft and Flights

Shafts and flights will wear out regularly during play.  There are hundreds of types to suit a players preference, taste and throwing style.See what shaft to buy ?

How to hold a Dart?

Beginners often ask, "What's the right way to hold a dart?" There is no 'right' way. This is a very personal thing which you will find after experimenting with your darts.

Here are a few ways you can hold a dart:

  • Like a pen with the first finger over the barrel and second finger under the barrel
  • First two fingers over the barrel and the third finger steadying the point like holding a paper dart.
  • Hold it with all four fingers on the dart.

One thing is certain, it's the leverage of the thumb that transmits the throwing force to the dart. That force is accentuated by the rotation of your forearm swing of your hand over the wrist joint.

Your fingers serve to hold the dart to the power source (your thumb) and coordinate the release. Your fingers do not provide the power but are responsible for the smooth launch of the dart.

Remember, your thumb contributes the power; your fingers promote accuracy!

See our ambassador tips for more helpful information.

Do you want to start playing darts?

If going to play at a club or friends then  all you need is a set of darts of your choice  and possibly a case.

If you are wanting to set up at home or workplace and have the space we recommend the  following:

The beauty of darts it is quite cost effective and easy to set up and over time can get more accessories so here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • A dartboard of your choice See our dartboard buying tips.
  • A couple of sets of darts for others to join in the fun. Dart sets include 3 darts.
  • Wall protection this might be a dartboard surround or a dartboard cabinet or you can hang a board with a piece of MDF or cork board behind.
  • A Throwline will help you mark where to throw your darts or if you are willing to pay more a dart mat tell you where to throw and also protects your floor.
  • Scoreboard or paper pads are needed to record your scores, cabinets have scoreboard on the doors but we also sell separate scoreboards.

Then the only other think you need is Time to practise! Enjoy and have fun.

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