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June 10, 2018 - 11:53 AM
Paula batchelor

  My son has beat dartitis once and a better player. However recently he has had a sponsorship offer and his game seems to have slipped. He was in Germany last month and felt the dartitus starting he's in Wigan this weekend and is struggling to let go of first dart. Does any body think a course of cognitive behaviour therapy would help. I feel he's putting pressure on himself due to the sponsorship deal he has signed. Thank you for you thoughts in advance
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March 28, 2018 - 02:22 PM
Lee Littel

  I have been suffering with this for about 2 years now.Same as most people.A different grip,throwing motion.I will not release unless i move or step/fall sideways....but i believe it can be beat.i had it go away for a long time but now it appears it wants to come back...solution i used:Hide your biard with a news paper so you cant see any numbers.That way you arent fixed on shooting a certain number and do so until you start feeling more comfortable.if that helps maybe then draw a larger bullseye in the center of the paper maybe the size of a melon or a little smaller.focus inside of that for some time....if you start getting your comfort level back up then try removing the paper.it worked once for me and im going to try it again.I hope this helps.and good luck shooters!
March 22, 2018 - 10:05 AM

  I got dartitis around Christmas (not long after seeing Berry van Peer struggling with it) not sure whether the image was stuck in my head which has caused this? anyway after a month or so of struggling to let go of the darts, i switched to my right hand, which the throw was perfectly smooth, just not accurate, I have worked on the accuracy for a couple of months now, getting there, then BAM dartitis coming back even in my right arm! I play at pub level, won my first game right handed last week, although i have been down to my finish every week, just get jelly legs and anxious in a pub full of people watching you struggle to let go
July 28, 2017 - 08:06 AM
Maxwell Gregory

  i have been suffering from dartitis for a while now started when I was a late teenager and I was falling forward when throwing darts, few years later I am now struggling pulling my arm all the way back to throw the darts. this is causing me to snatch and my accuracy is all over the place. the only thing that is helping me when playing for my team is drinking . if I throw with my left hand my action is perfect but I am right handed so I have no accuracy throwing with my other hand. Is there a way I can cure this problem it is driving me insane I used to be a good super league standard and now I get so frustrated playing the game I love. Time and time again I have thought of packing it in altogether but then I think of how good I used to be able to play,
June 25, 2014 - 01:42 PM

  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

  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
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