Darts - Play Like a Pro
Workbook and Reference Manual
by John Rafa
This book is for beginners and seasoned players wanting to compete in the growing sport of steel-tip and soft-tip darts. It provides information to play darts with friends, on leagues and in tournaments. A directory of the “world of darts” helps a player find a game. It is based on years researching the collective database of professional darters playing on the world stage. Wire-O bound to lay flat when training.
The introductory chapters explain: equipment setup, the selection of darts and how to “tune” them, and the rules and score keeping for the games 501 and Cricket. These games are the bedrocks of the international darting community. However, the rules do not tell anyone how to play them competitively.
Two chapters focus on the mental and physical aspects of the dart throw. The dart launch is broken down into elements as part of a process to enable a player to get into the “zone.” The player will be able to do a self-analysis to identify their style for practice and to fix their stroke if something goes awry. Also addressed are dealing with competitive pressure, the fear of losing and dartitus. A chapter is devoted to practice routines and the setup of training devices is covered.
501 has thousands of finishing options for remaining scores 2 thru 170 and most out charts only show one alternative. There is little information available on how to play the most important range 2 thru 40 or the ranges 171 thru 501; this information alone is worth the price of the book. Each range has a narrative explaining its nuances. Depending on the game situation and the darts-in-hand, the player can confidently choose their best target plan from a number of alternatives presented including the one used by most professionals. Also covered are when to “switch” to avoid a bogie and when to use the bull.
The comprehensive Cricket chapter explains the strategies and tactics of the game with a considerable number of scoreboard examples and exercises.