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10 tips on how to set about your practice to get the maximum benefit.

Realistic Practice Makes Perfect

Posted: 07.08.11 in Darts Performance Centre Blog category

10 tips on how to set about your practice to get the maximum benefit.


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It's August - Darts is quiet for a month and then springs into life in September-here is a reminder from a previous blog on how to make your pre- September practice as realisitic as possible!

Realistic Practice Makes Perfect

Dart players all over the world scratch their heads and ponder why can they score so heavily and never miss a checkout in practice, but when it comes to an important match their game does not appear to be of the same standard.

The following ten tips should also be followed:
  • Do not develop selective amnesia, remember the 12, 15 or 18 dart legs and the ton finishes but take note of the shockers too!
  • Keep an accurate record of your practice scores. It helps with the selective amnesia and the feedback that players can create by doing this is extremely valuable.
  • Practise like you mean business – work out what part of your game you need to practise. Fill out a session plan in advance and stick to it.
  • Set yourself some targets of what you are hoping to achieve from the session.
  • If you are practising at home, switch off the TV and turn your mobile off.

  • Put on your darts kit. Why not? Once you are in your darts kit you will feel that you are ready to play darts.
  • Try to make the background noise in your practice game as realistic as possible. If you play in a noisy pub put some music on.
  • Try to plan your practice sessions when you know you will not be disturbed- it’s not always easy but it will help your concentration and focus if you can remain uninterrupted throughout your session
  • Before you start practice go through the warm up routine that you go through before a match. Do some stretches and throw some darts. Start focusing your mind on what you are  going to practise and what skills you may need.
  • If you are practising with a partner don’t chit-chat. Treat your practice matches seriously, play them under the conditions that you would normally play your competitive matches under.
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Author: Paul Gillings ( paul@dartsperformancecentre.com )

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