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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
July 08, 2008 - 07:45 AM Dave
After thirty years of playing, dartitis struck me overnight as if my 'on' switch had been turned off.
That was in April and since then this thing's amused itself by taking a merry route through several stages - Stage 1: couldn't let go; Stage 2: could let go only by chucking hard at the wall and hopefully hit the board; Stage 3: complete arm seizure; Stage 4: I'm now trying much heavier darts and can let go, but with no hope of hitting anything properly (which is progress I suppose) until I get to the final double which is where I fall apart completely and everybody, including myself, is well advised to wear full-face crash helmets and stab vests.
Even practicing at home under no pressure, the same things happen. I'm amazed at how frustrating and stroke-inducing this can be... after all, it's only a game!
The season begins in September - short of a miracle, I can see myself dropped and sitting at the back quietly getting sloshed and wishing I was somewhere else. But I'm not giving up, somehow I'll beat the Big D.
July 03, 2008 - 02:17 PM Keith (Birmingham)
I have recently developed dartitis, I am the captain of my district team and was sort after by many of the top clubs and I started to feel like I was expected to throw great darts every time I played, and thats where it started for me I think. I have a friend who is a Hypno-therapist and he did some exercises with me to help me relax and not get so stressed before games, he helped me remember the fun and enjoyment we all forget about as we put pressure on ourselves to perform, the hardest trick is to forget about dartitis when your playing, I try to sing a song in my head while I play and concentrate on my breathing and this really helps me.
June 10, 2008 - 05:16 AM Aaron Edwards (Hampshire)
i have got dartitis, i am 17 years old and i play for my county Hampshire. is there anyway shape or form that anyone could help me because i am suffering from it surverly, i have not been winning let alone playing like i use to, is there anyone that can help me if so please let me know asap as it seems there needs to be a miricle for it to go. if anyone can help me please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
May 21, 2008 - 11:22 PM Robbie White
Sent via email from Robbie White
Hi You may remember me as the person that said the OED would have to revise their definition, or as more likely omit it from their Tome.
Thought you would like to know that Over the past two months I have been compiling a book on the cause/s & remedy/s of Dartitis. The dreaded will soon be a thing of the past. I still have about six to eight weeks to complete the work before I aquire a publisher, as writing is not my forte! All I can say here is that Dartitis is not a psychological Condition at all but purely a physical one. You can relate this E-Mail to your readers if you so desire.
April 25, 2008 - 07:35 AM MIKE (HEREFORDSHIRE)
Having played in local leagues for 20 years I had never had any problem releasing my darts. However 18 months ago it appeared and I couldnt hardly hit the board, was it confidence? maybe!. What I did and I am now virtually cured was to throw heavier darts and more quickly than normal plus not aiming for anything in particular just to get a rythum - took some getting used to but my theory worked for me. I throw 22 gram darts and now hold them very lightly between my fingers - releasing them is now easy because it feels like im holding nothing!! I am now playing decent darts again (superleague level) standard of play!, its taken but its worked. Good luck.
March 30, 2008 - 12:30 PM Mark
i was a county standard darts player at 19.i was playing in a game the day before i was due to go on holiday.I had a lot on my mind and started to snatch my darts and had a problem letting them go.The problem soon became so bad i was falling over the oche trying to let the darts go.I struggled on for 3 years but it became all i could focus on and i was aware people were watching me and the more i thought about the problem the worse it became.I gave up darts for 8 years,then was persuaded to try again playing more for fun than anything.To my surprise i started to play well again,i loved it back in the groove.My son became interested in darts and after lots of hours on the practise board he was a very good player.We joined the same team and people would tell him how good a player i used to be.I cant say for certain what brought it back on,i think i put to much pressure on myself to be as good as i was to show my son his dad was a good player.Dartitis came back,i was only aware of the dartitis and not the darts!I am still fighting it and am now trying to relax more and just enjoy my game.I have a weird throw now where i throw from acrooss my chest rather than straight on.This can be frustratting as one dart hits treble 20 ,the next could be anywhere,still keeps the chalker on his toes!The thing is unless you have had dartitis you dont know what its like,relax,just let em go,dont think about it.All easy to say,bit harder to do.I am going to try a more possitive calmer approach,i dont have to hit a 180 every go or be the player i was,i,m who i am now if i stutter a bit,so what,might let o loose one go,dont care,i love darts!I wont stop ,im just going to enjoy it and if i ever do beat anyone again i,m gonna sing my head off!So no matter how bad it is,hopeless or frustrating,just step back take a deep breath throw with the other hand or chuck em backwards,we love darts just play and enjoy yourselves!
March 23, 2008 - 10:28 AM Scott Paterson
without wishing to sound big headed, i reckon when i was 20-23, i was in the top 5 in scotland.. then it hit me... ive tried ever since, but i just cant get it back. occasionally im putting a 12 dart game, but i still know its not my throw.. im rteally despairing now, played in a match today and just couldnt let em go. its the most horrible affliction ever known on sport, and i really hope no oner else suffers how i have...if any one has a tried and trusted cure, please let me konw
March 02, 2008 - 06:11 PM Thomas
Had this problem some ten years ago, i tried a lot of approaches. Alter the throw, change darts, weightlifting... I was on the brink of giving up darts alltogether, after maybe two months of frustration, when someone suggested that i stepped back and throwed from a greater distance for a while. Instead of 2.37 meters i threw from about 3 meters. I had no problems throwing from 3 meters, of course when i tried the normal distance the problem reared it's ugly head again. But alternating between a normal and longer distance for a week or two solved the problem for me. I guess it's the same type of solution as the "throw a rock in the garden". Didn't try that, but it's sounds to be a good advice.