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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
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!!
March 19, 2011 - 06:41 PM aidan
playing darts for 2 years now and gradually became a decent player.out of the blue arm goes back and wont go forward,i just seize.tried everything to help and its just getting worse.played the other night for a group of mates and we played first in fronyt of a dozen other teams watchn.just like 1 of the other guys writng here i was so embarressed i came home and nearly cried.im throwing crayons about 30 at a time in to a carboard box to try and get arm to move .even thats hard.love my darts and is the only thingi look forward to during the week.feel now like im lost.people can laugh and thinks im talking bullshit in the pub but this is real and so embarrasing .good luck to all of you who have is,hope all goes well
January 19, 2011 - 03:40 AM Terita
Is this Dartitis for real? Or is it a joke? I get this weird sense of sarcasism and my husband lead me to this site because he has been terrible at darts lately and now just discovered that his issue has a name. (I think he is just irritable that I have been shooting better than him, hence my trediptation.)His dart throw is now comparable to Charles Barkley swinging a golf club, it's painful to watch. And recently he has taken to throwing with his eyes closed, his form is better but his aim is to be desired. I just want to know if this is "for real" or not so I can quit harassing him.
March 16, 2010 - 04:47 AM Dartwannabe
Well the dreaded dartitis has now affected me, got it about 3 weeks ago and now I cant throw a dart. I just cant seem to let go of the darts. Played a league game last night, so wish I hadnt, made things worse I started shaking almost unconrolably. Only been playing 6 months but I got to a fairly decent standard. I really enjoy my darts, one of the few things I look forward to doing but now I dont even want to take my darts out. I've never been a nervous person, competitions and stage has been a part of my life since I can remember. As for what triggered this I have absolutly no idea. Im going to leave my darts for a couple of weeks and not play at all, see what happens.
March 03, 2010 - 06:37 AM Rodger
I was throwing a few arrows last night and suddenly dartitis struck. I was so late letting go of the dart that it hit the floor about a yard in front of my oche foot. It's really effected my confidence.
April 10, 2009 - 02:50 AM Alistair
I thought that I was quite a good player. However since last Christmas I have started overbalancing about every five darts. However in the past two weeks I have been overbalancing on every throw. I pull my arm back and then I sart to shake and now when I do let them go they can go anywhere. I am only 15 and I love the sport and itwould be such a sham if I had to give up.
April 01, 2009 - 06:27 PM Albert Sherwood
I am 15 and I have suffered with dartitis for a year. I used to be a pretty decent player and regularly entered tournaments every week. It all started last may at a huge youth tournament in Walton when I was very nervous, and as I was practicing i found i could not release my darts. It got worse as the day went on, and in the hope of making at least some progress in the tournament completely altered my throw. They released a little easier but not much. I had been preparing for that day for months, putting in about 4 hours a day practice. I didnít know if would be my downfall. As the year progressed I began throwing reasonably well again hitting the big scores and starting to feel like my old self. However for some reason after I had played a former PDC pro and not struggled at all in my match with him, it came back. For months I kept going, determined not to let it beat me, but it just would not stop. I went through several stages of the dreaded disease including......
.not being able to release properly arm locking .arm freezing on release .lifting my leg up and not being able to release .staggering over oche .trying to release the dart so hard it began to come back and hit me
All of these processes didnít just happen once, they kept occurring at different times in the year. It cost me my place in the BDO youth super league team. Determined not to let it beat me I began practicing harder than ever for about 4 hours a day. I lost a huge amount of consistency and my darts were flying all over the place. A little later in the year however they started going good again and I plucked up enough courage to enter a local tournament. I reached the second round and dominating the scoring against a very decent player, however I could not hit my doubles and lost the match. I didnít get over my defeat for ages, and believed that huge loss of confidence is what made my dartitis come back several days later. I have won 1 league game since May last year but with a pathetic dartitis inflicted 11 average it tells you Iíll be lucky to ever win a game again in that form. I still practice every day and I will never let this beat me. I am determined to show everyone just how good I really am and come back better than ever. Recently I played Dennis Priestly and I played awful but Iím still playing none the less.
Dartitis hugely affected my confidence and I was scared to even go and throw at a board. It made throwing 3 darts something hard to do. I still snatch my darts, and my consistency and accuracy go out the window at times. However I can still hit the big scores just not as often as I want to. I know Iím nowhere near past dartitis , but Iím determined not to let it beat me!
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