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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
June 25, 2014 - 01:42 PM Derry
Thought I'd share my thoughts/experience for what it is worth. Been suffering dartitis for the last 12 months. Like others I'm a decent player when I've not got it (no world beater but can often hold my own against the best in our area). It got to the stage where I would lock up completely and be unable to throw at all. As a grown man in a pub full of players, being on the oche almost in tears ain't good for the soul! Anyway, read a snippet on here (can't find it now which is odd) about changing your throw and what worked for me was simply shortening my pull back. So, instead of going all the way back, I only (seem) to come back about half way and the buggers go! Played last night and lost in 28 (not good - was still getting used to it) and 15, but in the 15 leg I was down to 45 and my opponent hit a magnificent 141 finish. So, not convinced I'm "cured" yet but things seem to have taken an upturn. Whoever posted the original tip about shortening your pull back, I owe several pints :)) Good luck everyone.
February 13, 2014 - 03:18 AM Duque
Hi, I suffered dartitis this year for the first time, actually I did not even know it was dartitis until now. For the last 6 months I had been trying so hard to perferct my technique that my game starting getting worse and when I tried to get back to my old technique, dartitis apeared. I can confirm that in my case it is only a mental problem. I solved in a desperate move to start releasing my dart again by imitating another players swing, this person throws with both legs together and bends his knees slightly while bringing the dart back, and releases at the same time he straightens his legs. He does not pull up his arm to aim, simply from a low arm position he brings back the dart toward his chest while bending his knees slightly and pulls his arm forward at the same time as he straightens his knees. This works because the full movement is one fluid flow, and you automatically release the dart as you start straightening your legs. It worked for me, and a week later I was able to throw again from a fixed position.
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
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