Choosing the right darts is essential to being able to play your best. But it’s not as simple as just buying the best darts on the market. There are certain key factors to consider before spending your hard earned money on a set of new darts.
1. How do you hold your dart?
Newbies will usually pick up darts and hold it like they would a pencil. The way you hold a dart will be the principle factor in what type of dart you should buy. Try picking one up and seeing how you prefer to handle one. Move it around in your hand and really get a feel for the most comfortable position for you.
If you hold it towards the front, you’re going to want a front weighted dart. Conversely, if you hold it near the tail, a rear weighted dart will be better for you. If you’re the type to hold it in the middle of the barrel, get yourself an evenly weighted dart.
2. What type of texture do you like on the barrel?
Some people like the barrel to be smooth with minimal notching. Others prefer the added grip support of knurls and want them to cover the entire barrel. Take the time to hold a variety of darts and see what feels best between your fingers. It’s a personal preference and will have little impact on your performance, unless you have a barrel that doesn’t feel comfortable in your hand because it has too much or too little detail. In that case, your performance will slip. Your preference might change over the years, so each time you purchase new darts, you’ll want to try this step again. Don’t be afraid of it; embrace the change as it comes.
3. How heavy do you want it to be?
If you’re new to the sport, you won’t realize that darts come in varying weights. Again, this is all about preference and you taking the time to find what is most comfortable. Most prefer their dart to be between 16-20 grams. That doesn’t mean you’re wrong if you want something lighter or heavier.
Try out different weights and see how each one affects your shooting. Again, your preference might change over the years. Never be averse to trying a new weight. You never know if it could take your game to the next level.
4. What’s your budget?
Everyone wants the top of the line best darts on the market. But that might not be feasible for you. There are amazing options at nearly any price point, but remember you get what you pay for. If you’re really wanting the top of line brand names, you might want to save up for them and buy something cheaper in the mean time.
No matter what darts you finally decide upon, the next step is flights. That is a whole other can of worms to open. From design to shape to weight, you’ll want to take as much time figuring out your perfect flights as you did your perfect darts.