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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
February 25, 2013 - 11:38 AM Don Block
I have been suffering from Dartitis since the start of 2013. I cannot shake it. I've lost so many matches because of Dartitis. I wish there was a cure! I may be retiring soon. I haven't won a major tournament since the 1984 Great Lakes Invitaional
March 20, 2012 - 03:20 AM Tony
I have had dartitis for about 8 years. During this time I had a couple of patches of about 6 months where it seemed to go and I played to a fair level. When it struck for the 3rd time last year I went to see a Sport Pschologist and he basically told me a lot of what I knew already but gave me relaxation and focus techniques. These did not work so ended up being an expensive exercise. Currently I have slowed the throw down in practice and throw with a 25g dart compared to the 18g I used to throw. I need 30 mins to get to the right pace before a match. This has worked to a degree and the stutters have all but gone however I am left with a few snatchy and pulled darts especially on doubles but then due to this condition I have not really thrown at doubles alot! Never give up just try to do something completely different to how you were throwing when you got the dreaded "D".
December 23, 2011 - 09:54 AM Chris
I think I may be a sufferer too. Been in a league for many years and considered myself a decent threat. I am now a 33%er (1 dart scores out of three) and my delivery doesn't feel right. Almost awkward. This is truly a mental game. My current stress level is elevated a little. I warm up fine and then in the midst of a match, I choke. My delivery gets tight and clunky and that leads to the darts being released inconsistantly. So I want to share a method I will start using. Relaxation. While pitching in little league my father(coach)could see i was getting wild and call timeout, tell me to take a deep breath and relax. It always worked. While standing at the ocho I will slow down, take a deep breath, maybe a couple ghost throws to get the motion moving fluidly. Also, not act like a machine gun and rifle my throws out one after the other. Adjust my plant foot after each dart and regather my emotions. The game isnt timed, right?
December 05, 2011 - 05:55 AM Frank
It's so frustrating... I had dartitis two years ago, I arshly could hit the target (well, actually I'm not a good player even when I'm fine XD). My luck was that it affected only the left arm (I'm left-handed), and that I'm right-eye dominant, so I became ambidextrous and started using the right arm. After many months of relax the left-one forgot the dartitis.
August 23, 2011 - 02:13 PM dave
dartitis is one of the most embarasing things that can happen to any dart player.I have had it on and of for a few years now and have finally decided to stop playing for a while it feels as if when i am throwing its not really me but i do belive that stress in your normal life has a massive part to play in it.
June 06, 2011 - 03:19 PM aidan
have tried everything guys and just out of blue an idea came up.think this sounds daft but by throwing 2 darts (1 in each hand)at the same time actualy gets ur arm to throw in line with your weak arm.i did this for days just to get the feeling of relaxing my arm.one arm will do as the other arm does.kept at it and then mixed it up with throwing with my good arm then back to 2 rms.now when i hesitate with my throw i will lift my weaker arm (left) to the side and as im throwing i will move my left arm out to the side instead of throwing it forward with my dart arm.just moving both arms symiltaniously.1 arm does wat the other arm does.lol this may sound daft guys and it may be hard to understand wat im actually trying to explain.its not a cure but when my arm goes into deadlock and just will not go forward i just lift my left arm up and throw out to the side along with my throwing arm.try it lol
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!!
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