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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
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 did not 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 didn’t 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 did not 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 I will be lucky to ever win a game again in that form. I still practise 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 I am 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 I’m nowhere near past dartitis , but I am determined not to let it beat me!
November 05, 2008 - 02:13 PM Dona
I played darts about 6 years before I got Datitis. I was in a league for a few years and BAM! My arm would just completely lock up when I pulled it back. I had people laughing at me. I literally would have to lunge my body towards the board just to get rid of the dart. I was humiliated. I tried practically everything, even hypnosis. Sadly to say, I had to give it up entirely. It was difficult as my husband continued to play and I couldn't. I didn't play darts for 4 years after that. I just started again thinking I was over it. My first 2 weeks in the league were great! Third week, I feel the hesitation in my throw. My fear is that I am now going to lock up. Is it nervousness..maybe, because I always did experience it. Is it pressure...maybe because I always feel like I need to win. Is it stress...maybe because I do stress easily. I am going to do more research, and try things that people have mentioned. I really don't want to have to give it up again. It's something I love to do and it deeply saddens me.
July 29, 2008 - 10:46 AM MARK LEE
HI ALL I WROTE A WHILE AGO TELLING MY STORY ABOUT MY DARTITIS.I HAD IT BAD.ANYWAY I STARTED TO THROW DIFFERENTLY AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW,IM LETTING THEM GO NO BOTHER NOW.LOTS OF PRACTISE NEEDED NOW.I ALTERED MY THROW TO COME ACROSS MY FACE.IM RIGHT HANDED,SO INSTEAD OF DRAWING BACK MY ARM TO COME STRAIGHT BACK TOWARDS MY RIGHT SHOULDER I WENT TO THE LEFT TOWARDS MY LEFT SHOULDER.BLOODY WEIRD AT FIRST BUT THEY FLEW WELL.I WORKED ON MY AIM AND DIDNT DO TO BAD,SOME WILD 12,S EVERY NOW AND AGAIN THOUGH.I KEPT THIS STYLE FOR A WHILE AND GRADUALLY I HAVE MOVED BACK TO THE RIGHT.I DONT GRIP THE DART TO HARD AND HOLD MORE OF THE STEM TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL.SEEMS TO BE OK,IF I FEEL MYSELF TENSING UP I BREATH DEEPLY AND JUST LET THE DART GO.IM NOT TO BOTHERED ABOUT THE 180S YET,BUT IM GETTING THERE.THIS METHOD WORKED FOR ME GIVE IT A GO,YOU NEVER KNOW.
July 08, 2008 - 07:45 AM Dave
After thirty years of playing, dartitis struck me overnight as if my 'on' switch had been turned off.
That was in April and since then this thing's amused itself by taking a merry route through several stages - Stage 1: couldn't let go; Stage 2: could let go only by chucking hard at the wall and hopefully hit the board; Stage 3: complete arm seizure; Stage 4: I'm now trying much heavier darts and can let go, but with no hope of hitting anything properly (which is progress I suppose) until I get to the final double which is where I fall apart completely and everybody, including myself, is well advised to wear full-face crash helmets and stab vests.
Even practicing at home under no pressure, the same things happen. I'm amazed at how frustrating and stroke-inducing this can be... after all, it's only a game!
The season begins in September - short of a miracle, I can see myself dropped and sitting at the back quietly getting sloshed and wishing I was somewhere else. But I'm not giving up, somehow I'll beat the Big D.
May 21, 2008 - 11:22 PM Robbie White
Sent via email from Robbie White
Hi You may remember me as the person that said the OED would have to revise their definition, or as more likely omit it from their Tome.
Thought you would like to know that Over the past two months I have been compiling a book on the cause/s & remedy/s of Dartitis. The dreaded will soon be a thing of the past. I still have about six to eight weeks to complete the work before I aquire a publisher, as writing is not my forte! All I can say here is that Dartitis is not a psychological Condition at all but purely a physical one. You can relate this E-Mail to your readers if you so desire.
March 02, 2008 - 06:11 PM Thomas
Had this problem some ten years ago, i tried a lot of approaches. Alter the throw, change darts, weightlifting... I was on the brink of giving up darts alltogether, after maybe two months of frustration, when someone suggested that i stepped back and throwed from a greater distance for a while. Instead of 2.37 meters i threw from about 3 meters. I had no problems throwing from 3 meters, of course when i tried the normal distance the problem reared it's ugly head again. But alternating between a normal and longer distance for a week or two solved the problem for me. I guess it's the same type of solution as the "throw a rock in the garden". Didn't try that, but it's sounds to be a good advice.
February 23, 2008 - 11:54 PM Steve Cretney
I also had this happen to me. I was playing superb darts and had just came 3rd equal in our area playoffs. Then the following week i was in our local club singles and it just happened. One minute i was throwing treble 20's, next minute i couldnt let it go. People kept saying just throw it just throw it but you cant. I tried and tried and released a couple but they were hardly on the board. I had to shake my opponents hand before finishing the game and went home. Just about cried i couldnt believe what was happening. I have not given up darts over the years of having this condition but have tried to work my way through it. I have had it since 2001. I went to a Hypnotist and i think this may have helped me subconsciously as i can release them now. I still stop every now and again but am happy to be playing a lot better. I tried many different ideas people had but i agree with most people on here that it is definitely in your mind and any problems in your life etc will not help. Good luck to anyone who has this problem. I dont wish it on anyone as i believe it is with you for life once you have had it.
March 20, 2007 - 09:57 AM David King
I am please to say after gaining the required evidence the OED has now entered 'DARTITIS' into the dictionary.
Don't rush out to buy the latest version here is the definition DARTITIS (a state of nervousness which prevents a player from releasing a dart at the right moment when throwing)
Thanks for everyone's help for providing the required evidence.
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