This is a great topic idea sent by Carolyn Mars, a top lady dart player. Lynda Hinds of San Francisco improved her game significantly by doing this as well.
Beginner dart players can be overwhelmed with how much they need to learn about the game. The “outs” in 01 games and strategy in Cricket games are crucial to becoming a top shooter. Here is an often overlooked opportunity to help develop your game.
Chalk! I know many players do not like to chalk games but it is a great opportunity for game development. You do not have to be an expert at math to chalk, you just have to be able to stand still and write. You should volunteer to chalk as often as possible to develop your chalking skills and to learn how other players play.
Watch the game progress as you chalk. Whenever possible, decide what you would shoot at (and why) and then watch what they do. If the player shoots at something you don’t understand, wait until after the match and ask them why they chose that shot. When you are chalking, don’t just zone out, really watch the game and try to learn at least one new thing from each match you chalk (that one thing may be what not to do).
The “why” behind the shot is an important aspect to dart games. You may hear many players debate about the best shot in various circumstances. The options presented will be backed up with a good reason why. If you have the opportunity, get into these discussions even if you only listen. By paying attention to players whose games are more developed than your own, you can learn a lot about improving your game. Chalking gives you a front row seat to the game.
There are one hundred and sixty two possible “outs” in 01 games and most of them have several options for taking them out. These options can change depending on if you have three darts to throw or two. This is a lot of information to learn. Memorizing the proper “out” is fine, but you’ll do much better if you understand the reasons behind the proper shot. To do this you need to learn from the more experienced players.
Cricket strategy is complex and varies from player to player much more than the “outs” in 01 games. By chalking cricket games and paying attention to what players do in different situations, you will begin to get a better understanding of what shots to take and the reasons behind them.
Chalking is part of the game, so you should try to get as much out of it as possible. The more you chalk, the more comfortable you will be doing it, which will enable you to relax and really focus on learning something from the other players. Before you know it, you’ll have beginners chalking your matches to learn from you!
If you have questions or for more information, contact Lynda Hinds at [email protected]