501 Outs: 119 Out

119 Out – an easy quiz

Easy one today. You have 119 to go and 3 darts in your hand.

Quick! Where does your first dart go?

If you said anything other than Treble 20, you’re possibly on the right track. I’ll get back to you.

If you said 19 because you “always shoot 19 for odd numbers in this range”, we need to talk. Be with you in a second…..

IF you said you’d shoot the 20 here, you don’t understand 501 outs.

You’re probably thinking, “119 – 60 is 59. Then single 19 and double Tops for the win”, right? Yeah, I used to be dumb like that too.

Here’s the problem: what happens if you only hit a single 20 on your first dart? You just blew your chance to win this game before your opponent gets another chance. You cannot close 99 with 2 darts! You knew that already, didn’t you? Oh, no, of course you didn’t or we wouldn’t be reading this paragraph together.

If you said 19 but you’re not sure why….

Simple. A single 19 leaves you 100 which is an obvious 2-dart out. A treble 19 leaves 62, which is traditionally taken as T10/D16, not ideal but still an out shot. Personally, I’d aim for the single 19 here, as taking out 100 is easier for most people than the 62 out.

[Advanced quiz #1:  If you leave 100 above and your first dart hits a single 20, where is your last dart going?  The answer is – you should know before you get to the board. ]

If you said something else…

…just be ready to show your work. As a pretty good bull-shooter, I’d probably start with the 50/25 shot…but that’s just me.