How should beginners hold darts?

The right technique is the basis for the game of darts. So how should a beginner hold darts? The game of darts consists of a series of movements: grabbing, standing, aiming, throwing and bending.


There is no fixed hand position to hold the dart, what works best for you is best. Most commonly, the barrel is held with the thumb, index and middle finger, with the thumb on one side and the index and middle finger on the other side, gripping the barrel tightly. Don't bend your fingers when you grab the dart. Instead, make sure they are long and stretched out. Darts with shorter barrels usually require fewer fingers to hold them. Longer barrels may require more fingers to get a good grip on the dart.

Firm but not tense. The grip must be firm, but it must not overtax your finger muscles. If your fingers turn white from the pressure or the knurling digs into your fingertips, that means too much. If your muscles are so tight that you have trouble releasing and throughout the throw, that's too much. Dart is a game of touch, not power. To maintain your touch, you need to hold the dart loose enough so it doesn't slip, but tight enough to maintain control as you accelerate. The typical mistake is to grip the dart too tightly rather than too loosely. ( Karlheinz Zöchling, )\

Stand and aim

Find a location in front of the throwing line and look at a vertical line with the dartboard's red center toward the throwing line where it intersects with the throwing line and place your stand here. Then shift your weight onto the front foot. The arm is raised at shoulder level and the upper arm is naturally raised with the elbow pointing directly forward. Keep your whole body stretched and relaxed. Some players prefer a parallel stance with both feet straight, similar to a normal stance. Others find a sideways or open stance, with the front foot rotated slightly toward the target, more comfortable. Try different poses to find what works best for you. After a long period of practice, the posture can be adapted to individual movements and habits. Once the posture is established, it should not be changed frequently to maintain correct and stable overall feel and technical movements.


Holding the dart with the elbow as an axis, slowly and steadily withdraw the dart towards the posterior extension of the small arch, naturally withdrawing the upper arm. Using upper arm strength, send the dart forward and swing it. At the same time, the fingers are released and the dart is ejected.

Flex your ankle when throwing the dart. Allow the joint to flex forward as you release the dart. Avoid breaking the joint down, otherwise the dart would fly down. Bending the joint is often used by professional players to increase dart acceleration. It can also lead to better accuracy and consistency of the throw.

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