The great game of darts evolved from an ancient warfare practice where skirmishers launched darts of various sizes, mostly akin to small javelins in size, at their opponents. The practising of this skill evolved into a sport, which eventually turned into the game of darts most commonly played in UK pubs. The target or dartboard is thought to be descended as a miniature of commonly used archery targets. The later addition of segments to the usual concentric ringed layout saved the game of darts due to the increased level of skill demanded from players already mustering enough skill to constantly hit the inner bulls-eye ring for 100 points. Dartboard segmentation is believed to have its origins in the manner and pattern of the concentric growth rings & cracks that form naturally as these solid end-wood disks age and dry.
Prior to WWI, dartboards were manufactured from solid blocks of wood, these end grain boards were mostly cut from the ends of softwood tree logs such as Elmwood or Poplar. The Elm/Poplar dartboards displayed a rather limited lifespan and in addition, had to receive a good overnight water soaking to mend the holes left by each evening’s darts matches. This presented publicans with a messy problem they had to continually deal with as the game of darts became increasingly popular amongst pub patrons.
In 1923 a company called Nodor, primarily known for their production of odourless modelling clay, attempted to offer a solution to the pub owner’s daily headache by producing a clay dartboard, an idea that never quite caught on. Nodor, however, had not thrown in the towel at first failure, by the start of the first popularity boom in darts within the UK the company had filed patent rights protecting their new dartboard design. Made from compressed sisal fibers of the Century plant, part of the Aloe family, their new dartboard construction heralded the first dartboard design of the modern era. However, despite selling in sufficient quantities to warrant continued production, due to high cost, fibre dartboards only became the accepted standard after Dutch elm disease decimated England’s wood supplies during the 1970s.
Darts became one of the most popular televised sporting events in Britain and its subsequent success and popularity, especially amongst punters, quickly made the sport a favourite amongst major UK bookmaking sites such as Betenemy and it's unbiased reviews. As a result, it has published extension and in-depth bookmaker reviews and provide detailed betting guides, betting strategies and predictions to create a valuable one-stop hub of sports betting information.
High-end dartboards have become the accepted standard at the various annual World Championship events viewed by millions each year, having served to decide matches between some of the greatest players in history. The advent of televised coverage at major events kicked-off a new boom in darts popularity and created new living legends such as Phil “The Power” Taylor, Raymond “Barney” Barneveld, Eric “The Crafty Cockney” Bristow, and John “Old Stoneface” Lowe. The great sport of darts quickly turned all these men into household names amongst the British common folk, and they became new idols to whole generations of youngsters.
Regulation dartboards measure 451mm or 17 ¾ inches diameter, divided into 20 radially arranged segments, with thin bands of sheet-metal or wire separating all segments. To reduce the chances of a dart “bouncing-out” or ricocheting off the board when striking a wire, increasingly higher quality dartboards utilise thinner gauge wire spiders, with top-end boards exclusively making use of extremely thin sheet-metal spiders.