The battleground, between major darts manufacturers, has shifted in recent years. One of the major new areas of competition, between rival firms, is the technology being applied at the sharp end!
Our resident DartsWorld coach feels that ‘point tech’ is possibly the only genuinely significant advance in darts tech since the use of tungsten was mainstreamed in the 1970s.
The main changes have been the implementation of collars, to smooth join to the barrel, and the systematic addition of grooves and grip.
In the coming weeks and months we will be examining a wide range of these products, and publishing the results and our views, in order to assess their performance and value for money. ( Check out our: Choose Your Weapons Area)
Red Dragon Darts, and their sister company Winmau, delayed their entry into this market. Instead, they have developed a range of products that have slipped into the market over the past year or so.
In combination with the sale of their products they also discussed the reasons for the developments and sought the opinion of some of their biggest name players.
Abridged and republished from reddragondarts.com:
Long gone are the days when a dart point is a simple steel tip on a dart. Dart players lead by their TV pro-counter-parts have engaged in vast technological changes that suit each player’s individual demands, at the business end of the dart.
Historically, new points started to appear on the market in response to home-made prototypes that top players were to starting to use. The early points tended to be geared on providing grip right where the barrel and the point met, thus providing a perfect reference point for those that hold the dart at this exact point.
From these early incarnations demand for a plethora of points rapidly outstripped the ability of manufacturers to keep up with this seemingly ignored category.
Fast forward and in response to the increased demand, there now exist hundreds of point options ready to suit whatever dart players demand.
In assessing what point could help your game, it is vital that you understand exactly what you want your points to perform.
The key areas that all specialist points fulfil are:
- Finger grip placement
- Dartboard retention
- Reduce dart-on-dart deflections
- Reduce dart-on-wire deflections
Once you’ve highlighted exactly why you need more than standard points, you can then look into the plethora of options available. And to help you in this quest, we asked a couple of our top pros to give you some guidelines.
Peter “Snakebite” Wright
“What’s the point Peter!?”
“Very good question as my points can change relative to the set of darts and the set-up that I’m using not to mention exactly where and under which conditions I’m playing.
Peter went on to elaborate, saying; “Sometimes I’ll need a shorter point so that it counter-acts the longer and lighter barrel of a dart I may be using as shorter points fly straighter but the trade-off is less board retention and treble area to aim at”.
Peter has used the Raptor point, as it enables him to get as many impact advantages as possible whilst allowing him to flight his darts exactly as he sees but always subject to change depending on the exact conditions.
Gerwyn “Iceman” Price
“What’s the point Gezzy!?”
“Being totally honest I’ve never changed my points set up in the last five years since being custom-fit at Red Dragon, and I’ve never had any issues with grip or bounce-outs of any kind so I guess I can consider myself very lucky that It’s just a standard point for me.”
So with points seemingly being the hottest topic in darts right now, it leaves YOU the option to consider if a point change can help your game.