Never give up.

How to play darts when you’re way behind in a match.

Down 2-7 in a match most players mentally throw in the towel.

Watch Terry Jenkins dig deep here and keep your eye on John Part.

I won’t tell you how it ends but watch the players demeanors as the comeback begins:

OK. so he didn’t win, and 2-7 is a tough place to be. But a pair of T-20 in that last game and Jenkins would have been at 6-7. Meanwhile, how might John Part have played knowing he was on the verge of blowing a 5 game lead?

Sometimes it takes two to make a comeback. If you can hang tough when it looks bad it might be just the thing to break your opponent’s game.

How not to win at darts: the wrong way

From undefeated to uninspired. Why every darts game counts.

“Pride go-eth before the fall”

After 9 weeks into my current league season, I’m one of only 2 undefeated players. Yipee!

I’ve been practicing well, focusing on the right stuff and, in general, making constant progress. All was good.

Now, to be fair, I’m in a somewhat weak league and I often get paired against someone’s grandmother or dog, but I “normally” go in to win as fast as possible and play my best.

Normally.

Every so often I find myself playing a fish and, because I hate blocking out an entire night to play 7 minutes of darts, sometimes I lay off a bit – taking low percentage shots, throwing the occasion left-handed round, and generally being a complete twat.  (I know better – don’t post and tell me. I know, I know…..)

Anyway, on the night in question, I’m playing the team that has the other undefeated league player and hoping we can play each other – I can take this guy.  Of course I’m drawn against on of the many women’s league* misfits and expect another cake walk.

So, throwing with my eyes closed and a beer in my left hand a somehow manage to lose the first game. (“Shock!”, “Surprise!”) Good, now I have her where I want her. I’m the master of come-from-behind.

Second game I play darts – T40, T40, T, 95 and I’m out in 14 darts with the “fish” on 240-something.

For whatever reason, Mr Ego takes this opportunity to resort to first-game mode. I get behind by 100, catch up and have first shot at out and then throw 15 of the stupidest darts in my life trying to hit a double. And lose.

Game, match and pride.

Lessons learned

  • Anyone can beat you if you don’t play
  • It’s better to stomp Grandma into the ground than have to buy her a post-victory Pimms and lemonade (ugh)
  • If you’re gonna come down from a high, do it for a reason. Get beat in a real match.

The worst part is that this isn’t something I can fix through practice – I just have to suck it up.

“Slurp”.

*Btw, I have nothing against women players so please don’t start with me. I DO have a problem with women players in my village who all stink. It’s a small town. It’s summer league. I like women. Really, I do.

Overcoming the “mini-slump”

There’s plenty written about getting out of the dreaded “slump” – that phase that happens to all of us when we just can’t get our game working for days or weeks on end. What I’m addressing today however is the “mini-slump”.

I’m defining a mini-slump (MS) as lasting from a few hours to a few days. I’m going to talk about why they occur and what I do when I need to play “right now” and can’t wait for it to go away on its own.

I find two main reasons why the MS occurs:

  1. I’ve put too much pressure on myself to perform and am “choking”
  2. I’ve been over-analyzing some aspect of my game and can’t return to “normal” mode

Both of these