There are no hard and fast rules as to how to throw a dart. Over 30 years as a professional, believe me, I’ve seen some very, very strange styles. But they’re all effective in their own way.
Some are better than others. Simply get hold of the dart in a balanced fashion so it feels comfortable in your hand. As a rule of thumb, the very first time you pick up a dart to throw it will be a perfect pointer to you as to how to actually throw it.
It will come natural to you and that’s how to hold the dart. All you’ve then got to do is straighten your arm and push it away. My best advice to anyone taking up darts as to where to stand on the oche when throwing is if you’re right-handed, I would suggest it’s better to stand on the left hand side of the oche.
So if you turn sideways on from that position, you drop your arm and lift it up straight, you point it straight at the treble twenty. If you took the same stance in the middle of the board, drop your arm, bring it up, you’re pointing straight at the double thirteen. So from this position, if you want to hit a treble twenty, which is top center of the board, you’re effectively throwing at an angle.
If you go to the extreme right, you’re throwing at a greater angle, and further. Why make it difficult? Take this stance right-handed, you’re throwing at a dead straight line, all you’ve got to do is straighten your arm, and push the dart to the treble twenty.
Now, here are the dos and don’ts of a dart throw.
On Joints and Levers
In learning how to throw darts, one should note first that the shoulder is the only point in the whole process that does not change its position. Therefore, in order to get a good hit, you must not move your body when throwing. Obviously, that’s the first DON’T. Now where does the throwing action come from? The answer is your “arm”.
In aiming the dart, the elbow should stay in position especially when moving the dart forward. This is also helpful on some point in the acceleration phase starts to go up. Well, this is no doubt a very interesting thing. As you may have known, it is the elbow that would force you to release the dart earlier. Also, in learning how to throw darts, one should carefully note that the elbow must be raised in the later phase of throwing, but the hand still follows the way of the dart after releasing it. According to some experts, this will make the release easier for the fact that we don’t have to find a completely accurate release point any more.
Usually, in most of the discussions regarding ways on how to throw darts, the wrist action is often the subject matter. Well, for some people, there is not much of it, but for most pro players a consideration on the wrist action is very vital in learning how to throw darts. The primary reason behind this is basically the claim that the wrist action helps in the acceleration. If you do wrist snap, the tip of the dart will accelerate faster, enabling you to move the other parts of the lever system slower. So, in learning how to throw darts, you must put less force in your throw to improve accuracy. However, there is one risk in wrist snap, that is, it is one more thing that must be controlled and so one more source for errors. Control it if you can!
Object of Desire
If you want to learn how to throw darts, you must keep in mind that the main object of desire in this game is the dart. Since it is often suggested that the dart should move in a parabolic curve, then make it happen. Note that in the geometric language of how to throw darts, the dart must always be in line with the throwing parable’s tangent in the angle of intersection of your hand and the parable. In learning how to throw darts, you should note that the dart points up in the aiming position which must be increased in the backward movement and decreases steadily in the acceleration part. Just note that a dart that points down in any of the throwing phases is very bad. That’s another DON’T!