Improving your Darts Game – The Fist Test for Tighter Groups

Here’s a quick test for you. Throw 5-10 rounds of darts at a sinlge target and notice how far apart your darts are from each other.

The guideline I use is your (tightly clenched) fist: if your darts aren’t consistently landing in an area smaller than your fist then the only thing you should be working on in your dart game is consistency.

Consistency in darts means being able to do the exact same thing 3 times in a row. Your goal is to make every aspect of how your body moves identical through three repetitions of the same movement.

Whenever I see someone throwing wild darts, i.e. failing the Fist Test, I see poor stances, wandering body parts, changing grips and all sorts of things that lead to chaos at the dart board.

Correct darts stance, grip and throwing mechanics

I love this post on the mechanics of throwing darts.

While I think he approaches Darts like German auto mechanic, he makes excellent points on the best darts grip, stance and throw.

“Whoa. Hang on Davey…aren’t you always telling us that there’s NO “right” way of doing anything?”

Yes. I say that all the time and I mean it. What this guy shows are the correct principles to throwing better darts.

Understanding the mechanics will help you make the most out of however you throw darts. You should know this stuff…then you can apply it as you see fit.

IF I were taking a brand new player under my wing, so to speak, then these tips are how I would “create” his dart form.

As someone who has played for over 20 years, I’ve moved from a full side stance to a nearly full face-forward stance to something in between enough times to know how my body reacts, but new players should take this stuff to heart.

Play smart,


(fyi: this is a newer version of my earlier post on how to stand and throw darts – the old one is now retired.)

How to Grip, Throw and Stand – Dart Mechanics

This is  a pointer to one of my favorite darts technique articles.

While there’s something terribly German about his attention to detail (not always a bad thing) he covers the 3 main physical aspects of the game.

The only thing I disagree with is that I don’t believe there is only one correct stance. His other stance comments are all good but I think you can throw well with anything from a “both toes on the line” stance to a full-sideways one.

Of course I have to say that since I’m not far short of a full face forward stance myself. But it’s still true. I do agree that if I was taking an absolute beginner to his first trip to the oche I’d have him stand pretty much like the author says, but I wouldn’t waste any time “correcting” the stance of someone who’s thrown for a few years in any position.