We at Darts World realise that our fellow darters will be trying to enjoy the nice weather during this first weekend of social (we prefer physical) isolation. However, we shall keep asking ‘Coach’ for his drill of the day. If you don’t get chance to try it out, straight away, it can be added to your dart day routine!
This drill is to get you more fluid when travelling big distances between segments. The percentage rate for hitting or getting a shot at these finishes is much lower than those where two of the trebles are close together. This drill is best done daily, or as often as you practise, but not repeated too many times in a row due. I do not like practising missing too much!
The most regular finishes with Distant Trebles (DTs) are 167, 161, 157, 151 & 153*. The more your reaction to these numbers is automatic and drilled into your arm, the higher your performance will be. It is especially important to react (or not react!) properly to a missed dart. Getting used to missing and not letting it interrupt your flow, or mind, is vital.
So where do you throw your second dart if your first misses? What if you hit t5 first dart or t7, for example, second? These are the things that need to become automatic. They are almost as important as checking out the finish!
Take one turn (3 darts) at each of them. award yourself points as follows:
- Checkout in 3 – 20 Points
- Shot at a double – 10 Points
- Leave a double (no shot) – 5 points
- Non Treble finish left – 1 point (e.g. Turn at 161 – t20,s17,s20 & leaving 64)
* 153 is our example of a distant treble (DT) finish that does not involve Bull or Tops if you have another that comes up regularly then use that initially.
- 167 – t20,t19,Bull – 20 Points
- 161 – t20,T17,25 (missed bull) – 10 Points
- 157 – t20,s19,T18 (leave d12 ) – 5 Points
- 151 – s20, T20, s19 (leave 52) – 1 Point
- Total – 36 Points
Between players of similar standard, keeping your focus, even after a stray dart, deflection or bounce out, and completing the set up makes all the difference!
As noted above, the fifth shot is variable according to player preference and or stats evidence of your regular ‘leaves ‘ during games.
The other main variation is for those who choose d16, where possible. They should still work on the above five as they can, and do, come up all the time. But they can look at at five that might reflect their regular paths.
This is a high level drill and for many player does not lead to high scores. But it should lead to improved ones!
- Amateur/Pub: 5 Points
- Team/League: 5-10
- Superleague: 10-20
- Higher Level: 25+
- Pro: 35+
As with all our levels the points is a guide its the improvement and consistency that matters!
The record for this drill is 56 . Hit by a current elite player about 6 years ago. He checked out 161 and 153, wired Tops on 157, left 28 from 167 and 52 from his effort at 151.
It was an exceptional effort, but came from the fact that he consistently set up finishes or had shots in 4/5 of his turns.
So, there you go, a daily dose of the Darting DT’s that are not too painful or full of bad memories. Enjoy!