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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
March 28, 2013 - 08:50 PM HP Lim
I had numerous dartitis, recover within few days but not fully as it returns especially during match play. Am going towards full recover now (Only time will tell). To do: Go back to basic throw, change darts if needed, practice it more and less match/ game play (in terms of proportion, stop game even little sign of dartitis). Continue to practice and test with match conditions. Forcing the throw is one of the causes. Forcing is the result of a poor throw (no feel of the dart weight, no fluid motion, no follow throw, excessive aiming, etc). Counter by using the dart's weight and blend the throw with the behavior of the dart setup. This will enable you to command the darts as you improve your execution. Once I had dartitis 2 days before a tournament, I changed my darts, go back to basic and played well to reach the team final. Unfortunately, it came back after a year. After a few recoveries, I understand better. Not all case are the same. But basic is the best.
February 25, 2013 - 11:38 AM Don Block
I have been suffering from Dartitis since the start of 2013. I cannot shake it. I've lost so many matches because of Dartitis. I wish there was a cure! I may be retiring soon. I haven't won a major tournament since the 1984 Great Lakes Invitaional
February 06, 2013 - 12:42 PM stewart
ive had dartitis 15 years.tried everything.i was county player,now very poor pub player,no cure
August 21, 2012 - 12:46 AM Bob Cresswell
As a CNHC Registered Hypnotherapist I have helped many sportsmen & women to overcome the Yips and Dartitis. It is a very simple solution using hypno-psychotherapy that usually takes just 2 sessions but sometimes more. To contact me to find out more just Google Bob Cresswell Hypnotherapy
March 29, 2012 - 01:58 AM kayla
I felt the need to find a blog about dartitis, as I suffered from it for about 2 years. There is alot of good input on this site, and I would like to add some. Perhaps these steps will help you, as they have helped me tremendously. Step 1. DO NOT drink alcohol during this recovery phase. You might think it helps you relax, when in fact it puts you into a state of denial, thus leading to even more despairity. 2.Breath and focus on the blood flowing through your arm, shoulders, neck and back. 3. relax your shoulders. drop them, and do not tighten them. this is where the tension builds, and getting used to relaxing your shoulders secures your arm's relaxation. Now this next step involves alot of practice, once you master the first 3 steps, you have given yourself the best opportunity to succeed in the following steps. 4. As you pull your arm back, try to go in the SLOWEST motion you possibly can. I really want you to focus on completely slowing down the back motion. Notice that dartitis starts with a back motion that is way to fast and uncontrolled. 5. DO NOT pump, doing the forward , then backward motion is not the best option for you anymore, and training your arm to JUST go back , then forward will be more rymthmatic. 6. now this next part will make you laugh; once you have gone back as slow as you can, trust your mind to "KNOW" when it feels right to go forward,and go for it! 7. In the forward motion, I want you to again, focus on keeping it slow and controlled, just as you did when you pulled back. Hopefully these steps are your LUCKY 7 steps, as they are mine. Somewhere along the line our biological system became untuned, and it is our reponsibility to reset it.I now love my throw more than ever, and have been told by many, that I have the smoothest throw they had ever seen from a female darter. Don't give up, and keep your head up:)
March 20, 2012 - 03:20 AM Tony
I have had dartitis for about 8 years. During this time I had a couple of patches of about 6 months where it seemed to go and I played to a fair level. When it struck for the 3rd time last year I went to see a Sport Pschologist and he basically told me a lot of what I knew already but gave me relaxation and focus techniques. These did not work so ended up being an expensive exercise. Currently I have slowed the throw down in practice and throw with a 25g dart compared to the 18g I used to throw. I need 30 mins to get to the right pace before a match. This has worked to a degree and the stutters have all but gone however I am left with a few snatchy and pulled darts especially on doubles but then due to this condition I have not really thrown at doubles alot! Never give up just try to do something completely different to how you were throwing when you got the dreaded "D".
February 18, 2012 - 02:48 AM jimbo
i had dartitis as well not very nice as i was playing county darts with an average of about 85 i tried everything but had no choice but to retire from darts and find another sport after a few years after not even thinking of playing darts my twin boys asked for darts for xmas i picked up the darts and it was gone i am now scoring well again so for me its a mental condition just like confidence possibly linked so fellow throwers play more golf for 3 years then go back it is more fun 2nd time round
February 10, 2012 - 12:09 PM Garry Coles
A good hypnotherapist may be able to help you with dartitis. I have worked successfully with three cases of it now. It is important in many cases to find out the underlying emotions and potential triggers (i.e. the first time it happened) to help process it. This same approach has worked with golfer's yips and tennis and badminton players 'freezing' during the stroke. Unfortunately, the hypnotherapy industry is unregulated in the ok, with many cowboys. Be very careful in researching a hypnotherapist, preferably going via word of mouth.