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  Dartitis - Your views, comments, cures and suggestions

 
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 had not, 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 have 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 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 did not 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 am 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.

Robbie White

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