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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
April 10, 2009 - 02:50 AM Alistair
I thought that I was quite a good player. However since last Christmas I have started overbalancing about every five darts. However in the past two weeks I have been overbalancing on every throw. I pull my arm back and then I sart to shake and now when I do let them go they can go anywhere. I am only 15 and I love the sport and itwould be such a sham if I had to give up.
April 01, 2009 - 06:27 PM Albert Sherwood
I am 15 and I have suffered with dartitis for a year. I used to be a pretty decent player and regularly entered tournaments every week. It all started last may at a huge youth tournament in Walton when I was very nervous, and as I was practicing i found i could not release my darts. It got worse as the day went on, and in the hope of making at least some progress in the tournament completely altered my throw. They released a little easier but not much. I had been preparing for that day for months, putting in about 4 hours a day practice. I didnít know if would be my downfall. As the year progressed I began throwing reasonably well again hitting the big scores and starting to feel like my old self. However for some reason after I had played a former PDC pro and not struggled at all in my match with him, it came back. For months I kept going, determined not to let it beat me, but it just would not stop. I went through several stages of the dreaded disease including......
.not being able to release properly arm locking .arm freezing on release .lifting my leg up and not being able to release .staggering over oche .trying to release the dart so hard it began to come back and hit me
All of these processes didnít just happen once, they kept occurring at different times in the year. It cost me my place in the BDO youth super league team. Determined not to let it beat me I began practicing harder than ever for about 4 hours a day. I lost a huge amount of consistency and my darts were flying all over the place. A little later in the year however they started going good again and I plucked up enough courage to enter a local tournament. I reached the second round and dominating the scoring against a very decent player, however I could not hit my doubles and lost the match. I didnít get over my defeat for ages, and believed that huge loss of confidence is what made my dartitis come back several days later. I have won 1 league game since May last year but with a pathetic dartitis inflicted 11 average it tells you Iíll be lucky to ever win a game again in that form. I still practice every day and I will never let this beat me. I am determined to show everyone just how good I really am and come back better than ever. Recently I played Dennis Priestly and I played awful but Iím still playing none the less.
Dartitis hugely affected my confidence and I was scared to even go and throw at a board. It made throwing 3 darts something hard to do. I still snatch my darts, and my consistency and accuracy go out the window at times. However I can still hit the big scores just not as often as I want to. I know Iím nowhere near past dartitis , but Iím determined not to let it beat me!
November 21, 2008 - 03:31 AM Scott Fillingham
About 1 year ago i was playing ina family darts tournament in my garage and threw out of my skin. The next morning i couldnt wait to get back on the board. However from my very first dart i could tell something was a miss when i started to throw all over the place and couldnt release my darts without losing my balance and stepping forward. Priot to this i used to throw dead still. Now i cant throw them without moving and have tried everything. Can anyone advise on what to do because its driving me crackers.
November 05, 2008 - 02:13 PM Dona
I played darts about 6 years before I got Datitis. I was in a league for a few years and BAM! My arm would just completely lock up when I pulled it back. I had people laughing at me. I literally would have to lunge my body towards the board just to get rid of the dart. I was humiliated. I tried practically everything, even hypnosis. Sadly to say, I had to give it up entirely. It was difficult as my husband continued to play and I couldn't. I didn't play darts for 4 years after that. I just started again thinking I was over it. My first 2 weeks in the league were great! Third week, I feel the hesitation in my throw. My fear is that I am now going to lock up. Is it nervousness..maybe, because I always did experience it. Is it pressure...maybe because I always feel like I need to win. Is it stress...maybe because I do stress easily. I am going to do more research, and try things that people have mentioned. I really don't want to have to give it up again. It's something I love to do and it deeply saddens me.
September 09, 2008 - 03:19 PM tom curtis
try keepin ur head still. an lookin at the board rather than lookin at ur darts when u pull them bak.
ur arm will just go wiv ur eye's
August 01, 2008 - 08:49 AM Keith; Birmingham
I added a post not so long ago on curing dartitis, well now I seem to have cracked it. I have come up with an idea based upon American research which claims dartitis is caused by a neuro muscular problem. All you need to do is get 2 boards, put one on the wall how it should be usually, then put another on the floor directly underneath. Then stand approx 1-2 feet back from the oche and throw the first dart at the board on the floor and then the next at the proper board and then last one at the board on the floor again. Don't worry about hitting any scores just try to hit the board. Do this for 1 hour every day and at the end of the week try to throw again normally at the proper board. As long as your not still worrying about trying to 180's every time you'll start to be able to through steady again. This is because the original affliction is caused by spasm's in the nerves which cause the thumb and forefinger to clamp together. This is caused by muscle memory. Once you start getting this condition you then start to feel anxiety and embarrassment because people are watching. This then takes over and makes it worse. All you need to do is retrain the nerves in the muscle to stop spasm's, hence the 2 dart boards, and then stop worrying about playing brilliant every time. Just throw at the board and enjoy it, if you have a bad game big deal everyone has one, it wont cost you your life if you don't win every game. Let me know if this works for anyone else I have seen improvements in a few players already who have tried this method.
July 29, 2008 - 10:46 AM MARK LEE
HI ALL I WROTE A WHILE AGO TELLING MY STORY ABOUT MY DARTITIS.I HAD IT BAD.ANYWAY I STARTED TO THROW DIFFERENTLY AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW,IM LETTING THEM GO NO BOTHER NOW.LOTS OF PRACTISE NEEDED NOW.I ALTERED MY THROW TO COME ACROSS MY FACE.IM RIGHT HANDED,SO INSTEAD OF DRAWING BACK MY ARM TO COME STRAIGHT BACK TOWARDS MY RIGHT SHOULDER I WENT TO THE LEFT TOWARDS MY LEFT SHOULDER.BLOODY WEIRD AT FIRST BUT THEY FLEW WELL.I WORKED ON MY AIM AND DIDNT DO TO BAD,SOME WILD 12,S EVERY NOW AND AGAIN THOUGH.I KEPT THIS STYLE FOR A WHILE AND GRADUALLY I HAVE MOVED BACK TO THE RIGHT.I DONT GRIP THE DART TO HARD AND HOLD MORE OF THE STEM TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL.SEEMS TO BE OK,IF I FEEL MYSELF TENSING UP I BREATH DEEPLY AND JUST LET THE DART GO.IM NOT TO BOTHERED ABOUT THE 180S YET,BUT IM GETTING THERE.THIS METHOD WORKED FOR ME GIVE IT A GO,YOU NEVER KNOW.
July 23, 2008 - 12:00 PM Mike
Hi I have been playin for six years an eight months ago the dreaded dartitis occured, Dont know why jus happened one night. Tried to carry on playin but it slowly got worse where i throw at the 20 an hit a 14. I have carried on playin an started to throw better again till last nite. I feel that im going to make myself look stupid an im scared to play darts again now. Any one got any advice