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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
June 05, 2011 - 10:14 AM Maggie
I have had dartitis for a couple of years now and I do believe that it is a stress related problem. I concur with the feeling of wanting to cry - it's so awful and embarrasing. Whatsmore it doesn't make any sense that one day you play perfectly well and the next you're absolutely useless! I hope one day somebody comes up with a simple solution to this problem!
May 01, 2011 - 12:43 AM Josh
This dartitis thing has been literally driving me insane for the last two years. I have been playing for 15 years and I come down with dartitis for the first time in 2005, a few games later I changed the way I held my dart and it went away immediately. Then in 2009, I'm at the top of my game and highest point in my entire life. I had a great job, making the perfect amount of money. Bought a REALLY nice house and two months later I get laid off. Dartitis began rearing it's ugly head slowly but surely until it was full force and I was lunging at the dartboard before I could release. All the while being laughed at and being chastized for my dart not hitting the board before my foot hit the floor!!! I played like this for a year hoping I would figure out the magic button to make this horrifying experience go away but it just kept getting worse. I finally hit my breaking point and lost it, through my darts in the trash and gave my second place cash prize to my partner for carrying me the entire time and left. Didn't pick up another dart for 8 months. Tried another tournament and it was GONE, or so I would have liked!! I played the entire tournament without a hitch and was playing surprisingly well seeing as how I hadn't played in so long. Made it to the finals in my first tournament back and I'll be damned if it didn't come back!!! I have wanted to cry so many times over this!! I decided to try a hypnotist and it just wouldn't stick. I seen him today and played tonight and it's still there!! I'm at my breaking point again and I love this game so much, but I need to figure this out! If anyone can help please do!! I'm going to try the throwing in the dark thing and if I find something that works I will definitely get back on here and let everyone know. I feel for you guys that have this...it is truely a nightmare!! Please hang in there and hopefully the love we have for the sport will get us through it!!
April 05, 2011 - 08:06 AM Tom
I started getting the dreaded dartitis about two years ago. I've always been a very good shot, humbley speaking, but one night, bang, I couldn't release the dart. At times, I'd actually not even release it, after a few embarrassing attempts. I believe whole-heartedly that stress from home life caused this. I went from hitting ton-eighties to barely 26's. I was devastating. Am in a better place now stress-wise and am practicing more. Gradually getting over it but am still nervous it will return. This is for real, this dartitis, not some bologna as some may believe. If you do have this ailment, don't give up, and TRY to relax your mind at the line. Concentrate on your target, but RELAX. You'll get over it but it may take a while...and that sucks I must say.
March 21, 2011 - 06:33 PM the dude
I have it now, but I did get rid of it for awhile. Now its back. Im here to get rid of it for good. I agree that STRESS plays a major part in it. Its a vicious circle. When I do find a cure, I will be back to tell everyone what I did. This is the most demoralizing thing I have ever been through, even brought me to tears at one point the frustration was so great hence the stress and the vicious circle. For now work on stress management, even if you have the perfect fairy tale life, work on it.
March 19, 2011 - 06:41 PM aidan
playing darts for 2 years now and gradually became a decent player.out of the blue arm goes back and wont go forward,i just seize.tried everything to help and its just getting worse.played the other night for a group of mates and we played first in fronyt of a dozen other teams watchn.just like 1 of the other guys writng here i was so embarressed i came home and nearly cried.im throwing crayons about 30 at a time in to a carboard box to try and get arm to move .even thats hard.love my darts and is the only thingi look forward to during the week.feel now like im lost.people can laugh and thinks im talking bullshit in the pub but this is real and so embarrasing .good luck to all of you who have is,hope all goes well
January 19, 2011 - 03:40 AM Terita
Is this Dartitis for real? Or is it a joke? I get this weird sense of sarcasism and my husband lead me to this site because he has been terrible at darts lately and now just discovered that his issue has a name. (I think he is just irritable that I have been shooting better than him, hence my trediptation.)His dart throw is now comparable to Charles Barkley swinging a golf club, it's painful to watch. And recently he has taken to throwing with his eyes closed, his form is better but his aim is to be desired. I just want to know if this is "for real" or not so I can quit harassing him.
November 02, 2010 - 04:42 AM wayne
got the dreaded (d) its been happening about a month now.but played last nite and i just couldent relise it ive got a real bad pause.i ant saying iam the best but lost 2 games all season.but it was very imbarrssing last nite.iam good at doubles 1 of my strong points i went from double top down to double 1.but it took me about 5 thows to finish and the darts was out the board and everywere iam going to try a few things that ive read but i was nearly in tears when i got home from the pub last nite tried to thow this morn and the darts are all over the place.
August 09, 2010 - 11:31 AM mike henderson
i was suffering from dartitis for over a year and i am slowly getting over it by throwing the dart like a caveman from over my shoulder really hard it was a nightmare but by doin this for a couple of months i have now got a different throw from what i used to have but i am playin some really good darts again this condition for any dart player is a bloody killer and i also believe it is about confidents just keep telling your self that u are good and dartitis will slowly go good luck fellow darters