Is your dart shaft broken? How annoying! But now what?
It is of course not surprising that a shaft can break. After all, your darts are utensils and anything you use can break. Certainly something you regularly throw at. Sometimes you can play for weeks with the same set of shafts, sometimes they break within a day. This is not fun, but something that is normal and you will have to take it into account. So make sure you always have enough shafts at home so that you can always keep playing darts, even if they suddenly break!
Of course it differs whether you use a nylon shaft or an aluminum shaft for example, but even an aluminum shaft can break if it just falls annoyingly. Do you want to minimize the chance of a broken shaft? Then an aluminum shaft is of course the best choice.
Great, but how do I get rid of my broken shaft?
Without additional supplies:
If the shaft breaks, you can usually remove it without having to purchase special tools.
If the shaft is still sticking out of the barrel, grab the end with your fingers / nails, pliers or tweezers and twist it out (counterclockwise).
Should the shaft break smoothly along or in the barrel, it is important to apply pressure while turning it out. Use your finger / nail, scissors or another dart for this. Place the tip of your finger or the end of the scissors or dart against the broken portion of the shaft (inside the barrel), then turn counterclockwise to unscrew it.
With additional supplies:
If these methods don't work, we recommend using a broken shaft remover. These are available from different brands and you can find those here.
Broken or bent point
The tip of your dart is broken or bent? That sucks! Is there anything else you can do about this?
In most cases you can just replace the tip of your dart. In some cases you can just do this yourself, but there are also cases where this becomes difficult. There are a number of different ways to get a broken or bent point out of your dart. However, you always need special tools to place a dart point.
The tip is still sticking out of the barrel
If the tip is simply bent or even broken outside the barrel and so it is still sticking out of the barrel, you can get it out with pliers or vise. However, because the point has to be replaced with a special tool, we recommend that you also use this tool to remove the broken point if you can. You can find these tools here.
The tip has broken off in the barrel
Is the tip broken in the barrel? Then it is important that the point is drilled out carefully and with high precision. We do not recommend doing this yourself, because if it goes wrong, your barrel can break or the hole for the point may be hollowed out too much. In both cases you have screwed up your dart!
Want to have your dart point replaced? Click here!
Which dart should I have / suits me?
You want to play darts and of course you need darts. But which darts should you actually purchase? That is quite a difficult question and you will also notice that there is no right or wrong answer to it.
When purchasing a dart, it is important that the barrel (the part you are holding) matches the way you play. Since no person is the same, there is no dart that by definition works for everyone. Fortunately, there are a number of rules of thumb that will help you find a good dart for you.
Sounds tricky, where do I start picking out my dart?
The shape of the dart
The shape of the dart affects a number of things. If you choose a straight dart, you will mainly have to throw on technique. That is often nice for people who darts for longer and therefore have developed a good technique, because the thinner the dart, the more darts can fit next to each other in a triple, for example.
If you have less experience, it is nice to have a dart that is a bit thicker the front (a so-called 'torpedo' or 'bomb' model). This model dart hangs a bit more forward when thrown, making them easier to “fall” into the board and therefore require less technique.
The grip of the dart
Furthermore, it is often nice to have a dart that matches the way you hold your dart. If you mainly hold your dart at the front (a “front grip” in technical terms), then it is useful to have a lot of grip on the front of your dart. If you notice that you hold the dart at the back (a “rear grip”), then you prefer more grip at the back of the barrel. If this is your first dart, take a look at how other darts players hold their dart and then pick up a pen, for example. Try to imitate some ways of holding onto this and see what suits you best. Now that you have an idea of how you expect to hold the dart, you can estimate where your grip will need.
The material of the dart
You may have noticed that there are a lot of different types of dart materials out there. For example, you have different percentages of tungsten, there is brass and a handful of different variants of this.
The material generally indicates how strong and light your dart is. Brass, for example, is an economical choice, but not as strong as tungsten. This makes brass darts a lot thicker than tungsten darts. Nice to play a game of darts recreationally or to see if you like darts, but not useful if you want to get started more seriously. In that case you better look at tungsten darts. In the tungsten darts you have different percentages of tungsten. The higher a percentage of tungsten, the better the dart is workable. For example, an 80% tungsten dart is stronger than a 90% tungsten dart, but that also means that it is more difficult to work with. In general, 90% tungsten is the perfect balance between workability (and therefore grip) and strength and therefore also the standard in the darts world.
Just like the rest of the dart, what weight dart you need is often personal preference. But here too there is a rule of thumb: a light dart is difficult to aim, a heavy dart is difficult to throw. If you have a very light dart, it has more resistance when you throw it and therefore requires good technique. If you choose a very heavy dart, it may be that it becomes more difficult to throw. You can compare it with a stone: the smaller the stone, the more difficult it is to aim. But the bigger the stone, the harder it is to throw. In the end everyone throws differently and you will also notice that as you get better you will also develop a preference for weight. However, as a novice darter it is generally best to start safely and choose a weight around 24 grams. A lighter dart tends to “swab” during the throw with a lesser technique. The throwing style is also very important: the swing of the throw should be completed and not cut off. This prevents painful arm muscles. For good technique it is wise to see professionals at work, at a live tournament or for example on Youtube.
1. What is a dartboard made of?
The main ingredient of a dartboard is sisal, a vegetable fiber mainly harvested in Brazil, Asia and Africa. A common misunderstanding is that a dartboard is made of horsehair. This is a myth! Another misconception is that it is claimed that a dartboard can be cleaned with water. Definitely not true, because water greatly expands the fiber!
2. What is the lifespan of a dartboard?
This varies greatly depending on the type of dartboard, the intensity of use and the conditions to which the board is exposed (favorable temperature, humidity and lighting). It is very important to turn the dartboard regularly so that the wear is evenly distributed over the board! A dartboard is worn out if unevenness and bumps occur over the entire dartboard or if some triples and / or doubles are so bad that the darts fall out. In addition, the wiring can break, bend too much or show burrs.
3. At what height does the dartboard hang and from what distance should I throw?
The center of the Bulls-eye should be 173 cm. to be hung up. The correct throwing distance is 237 cm.
4. An incorrect item has been delivered, an item has arrived damaged or has a manufacturing defect. How is this resolved?
An incorrectly shipped item that you cannot use, we ask to be returned. The shipping costs are of course at our expense. We can only assess damaged items or manufacturing defects if the item in question is in front of us. Only then can we assess the seriousness of the complaint and find a suitable solution. If a complaint turns out to be justified, we will of course send you a new item and take care of the shipping costs.
5. What is the size of the dart shirts?
All Bull's dart shirts from the current collection have the sizes shown in the caption. You should think of these measurements as a shirt lying on a flat surface, the width and height of which is then measured.
6. After booking my order, there appear to be problems with iDeal. What can I do to pay for the order?
Orders can always be paid outside of iDeal. If your screen freezes at a critical time, you can make the payment manually via bank transfer. You will find the required bank details here. We ask you to include the order number as a caption and to notify us by email that you have paid by bank transfer.
7. Can dart items such as darts be tested at home?
No, that is not the intention. We do not take back articles that already show traces of use. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse an arrow that turns out not to throw as hoped or expected.
8. Are darts, flights and shafts offered per piece or per set of 3?
Per ordered unit of darts, flights and shafts you will receive a set of 3 pieces. The same applies to flight protectors, for example, which are also packed per 3 pieces.