Darts is a rapidly growing sport that is sweeping across Europe and threatening to go global. Thousands flock to tournaments now, and players from all over the world come to play in the world championships. Superstars like Michael Van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld are household names, but what makes them so good? They all seem to throw with very different types of darts, but why is this?
Darts could well be the most customisable sporting object available. Different barrels, stems, and flights are just a few of the ways you can tweak your darts to find the one best for you. However the weight of a dart is a very talked about subject amongst the casual and pub league player, and how can it be used to improve your game?So Why Are There Different Weights?
So Why Are There Different Weights?
To start with is is important to understand that like with any sporting equipment, or type of sport, everyone has a different comfort level. Football players have different boots, golfers different clubs and dart players different darts. Different weights will suit different types of throw, or just feel better in the hand, but there is no hard and fast rule with it. Just Keep trying different sets until you find the one you like most.
A basic rule of thumb will be that you want darts with higher tungsten percentage. Tungsten is a denser material so you can pack more weight into a smaller sized barrel. This will leave you with more room in the treble bed when grouping darts together, and barrels that don’t obscure the target as much should they land below.
Heavier darts will hold their line better in the air, and will not be thrown off as much if your technique is not spot on. However they take more energy in the arm to throw, meaning your technique could collapse anyway from the excessive force on your throw. The barrels will also usually be naturally thicker. This can help with grip, but hinder with blocking the bed.
Lighter darts take less force to throw, but can be thrown off by the slightest movement, and also can be easier to over or under pitch if you throw too hard. I have thrown many a 19-gram dart off the board when trying to find the perfect weight. The barrels also are usually thinner, which can be hard to grip, but sit very nicely next to each other when being grouped in a target.
So How Do I Find The Best Weight Dart?
Basically, it is trial and error. I know throw with 26-gram darts, but I started at 21 gram. A great starting point is 23 gram, as there
is plenty of room to move up and down from there. It can be pricey but darts do not cost too much. Try swapping with friends and fellow players so you can all help each other out. Also make sure you swap your flights and stems into them so you know that there are no other variables corrupting your search for the perfect weight. Weight should roughly give you the same feel regardless of the make or type of dart, and once you find a comfortable weight, you can look to buy more expensive darts that carry the same weight. Ones with higher tungsten percentages, or more suited barrel types for your grip.
Get on the board and play lots, and don’t be afraid to keep customising your darts in search of improving your game.