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.