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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
October 18, 2014 - 05:47 PM Robert Shearer
I have had the dreaded d for years now, I used to be a decent player until I joined a team and that's where it happened. I can let go off the dart but I jurk around and sometimes struggle to take it back. Any suggetions to help would be much appreciated
September 07, 2014 - 10:29 AM Graham
A few pints always does the trick!
June 25, 2014 - 01:42 PM Derry
Thought I'd share my thoughts/experience for what it is worth. Been suffering dartitis for the last 12 months. Like others I'm a decent player when I've not got it (no world beater but can often hold my own against the best in our area). It got to the stage where I would lock up completely and be unable to throw at all. As a grown man in a pub full of players, being on the oche almost in tears ain't good for the soul! Anyway, read a snippet on here (can't find it now which is odd) about changing your throw and what worked for me was simply shortening my pull back. So, instead of going all the way back, I only (seem) to come back about half way and the buggers go! Played last night and lost in 28 (not good - was still getting used to it) and 15, but in the 15 leg I was down to 45 and my opponent hit a magnificent 141 finish. So, not convinced I'm "cured" yet but things seem to have taken an upturn. Whoever posted the original tip about shortening your pull back, I owe several pints :)) Good luck everyone.
June 19, 2014 - 08:09 AM Don
What worked for me was pause a second and decide what needs to be hit before you approach the board so you aren't standing there thinking about it. As soon as you get up throw. Don't think about aiming let the rhythm flow. Keep doing that and after a while it will become natural.
February 13, 2014 - 03:18 AM Duque
Hi, I suffered dartitis this year for the first time, actually I did not even know it was dartitis until now. For the last 6 months I had been trying so hard to perferct my technique that my game starting getting worse and when I tried to get back to my old technique, dartitis apeared. I can confirm that in my case it is only a mental problem. I solved in a desperate move to start releasing my dart again by imitating another players swing, this person throws with both legs together and bends his knees slightly while bringing the dart back, and releases at the same time he straightens his legs. He does not pull up his arm to aim, simply from a low arm position he brings back the dart toward his chest while bending his knees slightly and pulls his arm forward at the same time as he straightens his knees. This works because the full movement is one fluid flow, and you automatically release the dart as you start straightening your legs. It worked for me, and a week later I was able to throw again from a fixed position.
January 07, 2014 - 06:58 PM Cole
I've had 'dartitis' now for about 2 years, I got to the point where I accually fell over trying to throw a dart. This was only on my 1st dart tho, once that was gone the 2nd and 3rd released quite good considering. I was told from someone who had suffered with it years ago, I was told to throw an imaginary dart before my accual dart, this worked for a little bit before I started practicing with matchsticks which really did work. I throw fast now and I mean fast, every now and then it comes back to annoy me for 10 minutes then fades away. I'm starting to get my average up to about 70 and no longer feel embarrassed while playing
November 09, 2013 - 09:18 AM graham kitching
Had this misarable infliction for 3 years, my cure is this,stand infront of the dart board, make sure if you miss the dart board you do not smash anything and close your eyes. if you can relese the darts without dartitis kicking in then all is not lost,next with your eyes open take the stand and cock your arm until you can feel your flight touch your shoulder keep it there until your shoulder is fully relaxed and then release,you my have to wait a while but keep going, it does not mtter where your dart goes scores are not important you need to adjust your brain patterns try not to care about what you score,only the release, this must be done every night for a month, you will have to build up the scoreing as a nother journey do not try to develope both at once this will not work.good luck ps how bad do you want this?
April 18, 2013 - 12:13 PM stewart carlisle
ive had dartitis 15 years.now trying eft[emotional freedom technique] its tapping on different points on body.im getting slightly better.pleasee any sufferer of this awful disorder try eft