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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
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.
February 23, 2008 - 11:54 PM Steve Cretney
I also had this happen to me. I was playing superb darts and had just came 3rd equal in our area playoffs. Then the following week i was in our local club singles and it just happened. One minute i was throwing treble 20's, next minute i couldnt let it go. People kept saying just throw it just throw it but you cant. I tried and tried and released a couple but they were hardly on the board. I had to shake my opponents hand before finishing the game and went home. Just about cried i couldnt believe what was happening. I have not given up darts over the years of having this condition but have tried to work my way through it. I have had it since 2001. I went to a Hypnotist and i think this may have helped me subconsciously as i can release them now. I still stop every now and again but am happy to be playing a lot better. I tried many different ideas people had but i agree with most people on here that it is definitely in your mind and any problems in your life etc will not help. Good luck to anyone who has this problem. I dont wish it on anyone as i believe it is with you for life once you have had it.
January 16, 2008 - 07:53 PM Rod Macleod
Hello folks, 20 years ago I deveoped this problem. I was playing a average 4 to 6 hours a day. At the end on a great year I all of a sudden could not release my dart. I did about everything to cure it, including as a last resort getting a few beers in me before I started to play. I heard that Eric Bristow had this and did some investigating. I went to the best sport therapist in Toronto who could only recommend cortisone shots. But they said it was unlikly to help The movement of throwing Darts is so fine and uses so few muscles that simly the nerves get conditioned and overworked. The only true cure was rest from the game. I had to stop playing. after a year it was gone. I rested another year and played very little. Finally the conditioning of the mucsles and nerves were gone. I had to start the game anew but since I know the game my ability came back. This is not the news that advid player want to hear. But it truly is the way to end the problem without a great deal of pain and anguish. It is a only a game after all and life is too short for drama. As a further note, any od players out there remember The Hayloft Bar on Front St toronto? That is where I first really honed my love of darts.
July 08, 2007 - 01:29 PM RAY OWEN
i have suffored for almost a decade, and dont know really where to turn, about 15 years ago i played county , now i can barely put 3 darts in the 20, i am pulling, snatching i seem to throw better downstairs at 17's or 19's but now even they have eluded me and i end up with one in the tyre surround . it is so frustrating knowing you used to be able to throw and now stevie wonder would give me a good game. i have tried light darts heavier darts , short fat barrels, long barrels nothing seems to change, i could cry sometimes, i have thought about trying to throw like vincent van der voort 3 darts in 4 seconds without looking at the board but yes you guessed they still go all over the place any ideas would be gratefully received i have a feeling it is to do with nerves with me being asthmatic, i wonder if taking kalms might help
May 07, 2007 - 10:16 PM Don
dartitis Phil Taylor's advice about throwing a heavy object helped me. I use a heavy steel tip dart and exaggerate my throw. Also just go through a season and shoot with a friend and not worry about what you hit. JUST ENJOY THROWING and laughing with your friends. Give it up! Yes you will lose glory but after a while you will feel the rythem and fun coming back!