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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
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.
November 09, 2006 - 03:38 AM David King
An update for those of you that have been following my efforts to obtain recognition and entry to the OED for the word dartitis. ----------------------------------
Dear Mr King
Thank you for your letter concerning dartitis, the accompanying DVD, and your continuing efforts to gather earlier evidence.
As things stand we have assembled a daft entry for dartitis, and the earliest evidence remains the 1981 Darts World quotation that you supplied. At the time of writing, a decision is pending on whether this draft will go forward for publication.
Graeme Diamond OED October 2006
September 30, 2006 - 06:09 AM David - Webmaster Darts501.com
If you have read the main dartitis page on this site then you will know I am trying to get the word ‘dartitis’ recognised and included into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). I have for the past nine months collected articles, extracts from books and sent these to the OED to show how much the word is in use. In a last attempt ditch attempt I have sent the OED a recorded copy of ‘Darts Tarts’ documentary shown on BBC TV. In the documentary Eric Bristow features along with less well known dart players talking about ‘dartitis’ and how it has affected them.
I believe I have sent enough now to the OED for them to seriously consider the entry of ‘dartitis’ into the dictionary and will let you now the outcome should it be successful.
May 04, 2006 - 06:49 AM David King
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