What’s Your Darts DDV? Compare Yourself To The Best.

The guys at Winmau have teamed up with Mathematician Harm Nieuwstadt to launch a new way to test your self against the best. The Darts World ‘Coach’ thinks its a very accessible way to get an idea of where your game is and how you compare to the world’s elite:

We are always searching for methods to help darters all over the world, so when we were approached by the World’s finest Darts, Mathematician Harm Nieuwstadt, we jumped at the chance to work with him on this fantastic project.

Your dart accuracy can be represented by a single number anywhere between 0 and 3.

This number is called the Darts Deviation Value (DDV).

Simply the lower your DDV number, the more accurate and precise you are in throwing your darts.

The World’s top 16 Elite Dart Pro’s have the lowest DDV of all dart players ranging between 0.6 – 0.8 depending on current form.

You can find your own DDV by carrying out the following simple test:

Measuring your DDV: The Nieuwstadt-Test

Throw 200 darts at a treble of your choice and count the number of successful hits – this can be done over multiple practice sessions.

Divide the number of successful hits by 200 I.e. 35 / 200 = 0.175

Multiply the number (0.175) by 100 to get the percentage of darts that successfully hit the treble: 0.175 x 100 = 17.5%

Bounce outs count as a throw so do not re-take them.

When you have your percentage draw a line across the graph below to find your DDV.

Note that you should be able to get a percentage of 5.5% or higher to be able to use the graph, otherwise head to the Winmau Practice Zone.

I.e. 17.5% would give a DDV of 1.6

Of course your accuracy depends on the occasion, so if possible, do this test a couple of times on different occasions until you feel that the tests represent your average accuracy.

Then take the average of the DDV you got from the tests to get your average DDV.

Now you’ve got your DDV where do you stand against the top 16 in the World?

Let us know how the test went for you.

(Test Compliments of H.A. Nieuwstadt, Analysis of the dartgame, Mathematics Today, Vol 43, No. 4.)

Original article here


Coach says:

This is a very interesting metric and well worth checking out, especially while you have a bit more time on your hands.

It is always subjective when your comparing players in this sort of way and it will be fun to test this out and perhaps tweak it a little to help players bridge the gap!

Darts World Coach