GARY ANDERSON admitted his “body doesn’t seem to be throwing darts right” on the eve of his Betfred World Matchplay final.
The Flying Scotsman will take on Dimitri van den Bergh in a fascinating clash of experience versus youth in the final at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes tonight.
But Ando, 49, will go into the showpiece battling with his own throw and mind as he attempts to figure out why his rhythm fluctuates so rapidly during matches.
Twice he gave himself a comfort zone of five leg leads against Michael Smith in the semi-final but then dipped to allow his protege back into the match.
“He never came back I let him come back. That’s the difference, I let him get back up there. He’ll be the first to tell you that.
“My body doesn’t seem to be throwing the darts right. For some reason they are coming out of my hand wrong.
“I know how they should fly and how they should stick in the board. They aren’t doing either or. So there’s something up somewhere.
“It would be great to win it, especially with the time I’ve had off last year and four months off this year and done absolutely nothing on the dartboard. To win this would be a surprise, put it that way.
“Experience means nothing. These boys now just throw at the board, that’s all they do.
“It’s driving me mad, I throw well and then I expect the next to be good and it’s not. I’m just standing doing the same thing, one minute they work, one minute they don’t. I can’t figure it out just now.
“Once I got in the lead, because Michael knows I can score just as well as him, and I was matching him score for score, that put the pressure on him.
“I’d played five legs absolutely rubbish and thinking that’s it, it’s done. It’s got me confused.”
A Matchplay win for Anderson would be a remarkable story for a player who has hardly practised or played competitively for two years.
He added: “If I dropped out to 126 in the world I wouldn’t lose one second sleep.
I’d probably turn up now and again for a game of darts and see how they go.
“I’ll go and get a sleep, hopefully wake up on Sunday and my problems are gone and my darts go well.”