Here’s a little test of your 501 Outs smarts, see how well you do….
You’re at the oche looking at a 263 out. (Yeah, we’re planning ahead).
Your first dart scores 20; your second dart makes you proud and is a T20. You’ve scored 80 with one dart left.
OK, where do you throw your next dart? More importantly, would you even think about it or just try to bang another T20?
Here’s the problem: if your next dart scores a single 20, you’ve created a problem you didn’t need to have. Confused?
Take 100 away from 263 and you have….163. Do you know what’s wrong here?
No? OK. Since I like to keep these articles short, I’ll tell you: you cannot close 163 with 3 darts.
We’ve all played with the Budweiser/Smithwick’s Outs Chart on the wall and none of them tell us about outs above 170 but a real pro starts thinking about his outs up in the 300+ range. Do you?
What to do?
So, next time you see a 263, go ahead and kill 20s, but if you score 80 with your first two darts, the correct last dart is at the 19. If you hit a single 19, you leave 164, which is already spelled out for you on your Local Beer’s Outs chart.
Ton80’s to ya – and know those 501 outs,