Playing darts may look easy to a non-player, but it involves a lot of skill and precision to play well. Professional players may make the sport look easy, but this only comes after hours of practice and choosing the correct equipment that suits their throw.
Choosing a set of darts is not a case of buying professional players set hopping their darts will make you play better. It some cases it might, but everyone is built differently, and everyone will throw slightly differently.
The darts set up consisting of a dart barrel, generally made from a tungsten alloy, a stem of the shaft which can be made from anything from titanium, aluminium, nylon or other forms of plastic form just two darts of the dart. The addition of a flight can make your darts fly straighter or land in the dartboard at a preferred angle so as not to obstruct the made target area.
The beauty of the sport allows players to choose from a wide variety of darts, stems and flights. If you have found a comfortable dart weight and stem to suit your throw the last piece of the jigsaw is to find a flight that make your darts fly perfectly for you.
The design of flights varies, and there are not one type sorts all. So how do you know which flight to use?
Darts were originally made like archer’s arrows using feathers for flights. Feather flights were commonly used up to the mid-1970s, but after the introduction of tungsten darts, the entire dart setup changed. Players could choose from a variety of dart weights and styles along with a vast collection of stems or as some like to call them dart shafts.
Players found by changing their flight, the dart may fly faster and straighter while other flights may stall the trajectory. Slow-motion of a dart throw shows the dart loops and is not straight, so a change of flight may all you need to help improve your game.
Generally, a larger flight with a bigger surface area will stall the flight of the dart, and in many cases, this may be the preferred flight for most.
Unlike certain games such as online roulette, luck certainly has nothing to do with playing darts. If your darts hit the board straight or the dart hits the board with the flight down rather than up you may require a larger flight.
Slim flights, famously used by Phil the Power Taylor during the 2000s were made for soft-tip darts. However, Phil noticed the lay of his darts using this type of flight suited him, but this is not for everyone, and if you emulate this type of throw on an old dartboard you are more likely see your dart end up on the floor than in the target.
Darts that enter the dartboard at a slight angle tend not to obscure the main high scoring target area. Dart thrown this way also allow a player to use the dart to bounce off and make hitting 180s and double finishes a little easier.
Flights make an essential part of the dart setup and chose although personal, can make a big difference in your performance.
Avoid where possible flights that are not easy to scene. Clear poly fights are an example as you may not see the flight and may unintentionally hit the flight with another dart.
Flight styles and the material they are made from will affect the flight of the dart, so best purchase several styles to see which set suits you best. Dart flights of the same style can also vary by manufacturer. For example, a Winmau Standard dart flight is wider than ones made by Harrows.
If you play soft-tip darts use lighter thinner flights. You dart may be too light to support a large flight. The slimmer flights are proven to work well on this tip of the dart.