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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
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.
January 27, 2012 - 10:36 AM Ben Morgan
I have had dartitis, it's bloody horrible. I had it for about three years(late teens) until i got sick of it and gave up darts. I simply found it impossible to let go of the bloomin things. I would hold my breath, tense my legs, constantly loose my balance and fall forwards,shake my arm b4 trying to throw. when i did manage to let go there was no aim whatsoever. I got sick of everbody taking the michael "just throw the bloody thing, come on we haven't got all day, stand still will ya and so on. Im now 33 and have started playing again round a mates house, still crap at darts but at least i can let go of em.
January 12, 2012 - 03:52 PM duncan bond
hi everyone ! i have been crippled with dartitis for about 3 years and i am just starting to come through it ! believe me its still there but i am improving ive won 40% of my games this year and even hit a competitive 180 i thought i might share some of my opinions on what i believe has helped me and not helped me !unless you have experienced it you have no idea what its like and some people will take the mick relentlesley but i found a couple of players in my team who were cheering me on and encouraging me no end ! listen to these guys! talk to them when you are at your lowest and you feel a little better! treat a good game the same as a bad game! come off the board and forget it won or lost ! i used to remember every detail of my game and think about it after and sometimes day after recently i barely remember what happened in my games just if i won or lost ! forget how good you were you are not anymore! dont live on oh i used to do this i used to do that it ! all that matters is how you are doing here and now except you are rock bottom and basically you are re-learning a skill you once had! forget your technique i must have gone through my head a million times oh my dart used to start here my arm was so high etc i used to say on way home i got it sussed now my dart is where i want it !following week bang dartitis is back because all i can think about is where my arm should be and basically i should be looking at the board and not thinking about my arm! dont get drunk this makes it 10 times worse when you cant throw a dart ! and you will make yourself even more down and miserable!.at home keep trying to throw the dart if it takes 50 attempts to let go just keep trying and you can convince yourself you can throw a dart ! dont expect the dartitis to go away learn to play despite it i had it once and got rid of it but the fear it would return stayed with me for about 7 years until it did return i now except i can play despite it being there time to time and even won ...
January 02, 2012 - 11:12 AM john
i had this condition about 20 years ago , it took me about 5 years to get over it and am only in the last few years getting back to where i was before it started. what is definite is you are suffering a huge lack of confidence and not letting go is making it worse. the more you think about it the worse it gets. time , patience and excepting you wont win every game helps. dont aim for what you want just throw at the board without thought (this actually takes practise to do ) but will help .
December 23, 2011 - 09:54 AM Chris
I think I may be a sufferer too. Been in a league for many years and considered myself a decent threat. I am now a 33%er (1 dart scores out of three) and my delivery doesn't feel right. Almost awkward. This is truly a mental game. My current stress level is elevated a little. I warm up fine and then in the midst of a match, I choke. My delivery gets tight and clunky and that leads to the darts being released inconsistantly. So I want to share a method I will start using. Relaxation. While pitching in little league my father(coach)could see i was getting wild and call timeout, tell me to take a deep breath and relax. It always worked. While standing at the ocho I will slow down, take a deep breath, maybe a couple ghost throws to get the motion moving fluidly. Also, not act like a machine gun and rifle my throws out one after the other. Adjust my plant foot after each dart and regather my emotions. The game isnt timed, right?