David FatumThe SCORPION

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So What's up?

 So what to write about?  I have been a bit lazy and took some time off after the DARTSLIVE WORLD Grand Final to let my elbow recover and it is great.  My darts are actually smoother than they ever been so that’s great.  I started up practicing again and you can find me on the DARTSLIVE Global matches early Pacific time as this way I get to play all the top Asian players to get ready for this year's Pro Tour.  It is just a month away and I get a early bonus as I been selected to play in the DARTSLIVE SUPER DARTS.  It is a 16 player invitational event that is truly a showcase of talent.  The format is a little cut throat only 2 out of 3 but hey if it is your day why not right?  Either way it is a tremendous honor to be invited.  I also have been talking to a few potential new sponsors and hope I can announce something very soon.  I still get a lot of request for my soft tip darts but have nothing to share….Well how about I touch on a few points that I have received emails about with different aspects of the game which may help a few players.

 

 

The first one I have was a player who asked “I am playing really well but when I play the top players and lose it really affects my game.  I then get all depressed and lose some confidence how do I get over this?”

 

This is a very common reaction for people that focus on the outcome versus the performance.  You can never control the outcome of a match but you can control your performance in a match.  I gave him this reply -When I started playing darts I used to take $50 to tournament as all the best players played for money.  I would pay for a top player to play with me as it was doubles and a player asked me why I bother when I had no chance to win?  I replied “If I do not play I will never have a chance to win but more important is if I do not play the best how do I learn how good I need to be or what I need to work on to be better?”  If you only see a defeat as a defeat then you will never truly become a great player.  A defeat is a lesson that shows you something about your game you need to work on thus a positive look on what happened.  Take the lesson and go work on that area of the game until it is stronger versus feeling like you should have won because you are good.  The better you become in darts the more work it actually takes to improve your game, I have to spend way more time now practicing then I ever have as I now play in a arena that the room for error is so small its crazy.

 

“A player I consistently beat just got a dart company to sponsor him and I feel like he does not deserve it”

 

This or something a long this line is something I hear often from players.  People seem to think just because you play well you should have someone come along and sponsor you as you deserve it.  Well it does not work that way at all.  Yes you have to have a good game but what players need to realize that when a company enters a partnership with you they need to be getting 3X on their INVESTMENT in you.  What this means is by helping you out you need to be able to increase their profits.  So does winning events do this for a company?  Not really unless your on TV and when you are good enough to make TV you do not need sponsors.  What does get you sponsors is having a big internet presence and constantly promoting their products.  Talking about their product when at events so others will try it out, finding a dart store and such that don’t carry the product to start carrying the product.  In a essence when you become a sponsored player you become a sales person for that product.  A guy I know that makes a ton of actual income from sponsors is barely a pro level player and hasn’t won in years yet he makes the most because he is a amazing promoter.  So as much as your talent comes into play knowing how you can improve a company’s bottom line is way more important.

 

“Does the way you throw a dart really matter?”

 

Oh yes it does.  I know a player that just loves her darts yet she has darts slapping off the board and ending up on the ground more often then in the board.  Two things are wrong with her.  First she has a very short stroke, basically no follow through at all.  The follow through is by far the most important part of a dart stroke.  If you have a short throw it will fail you so often, you will never truly throw all 3 darts the same thus never really developing the accuracy you want.  If you are not fully extended at then end of the throw you are just not as good as you can be.  I often tell players to “point at your target once you let go of the dart.”  This helps you get full extension which leads to a smoother throw and increased performance.  Secondly, there really is a science to how you set up your dart.  Not everyone can throw a front loaded dart, a short shaft or a speed flight.  There is a reason there is so many different choices in products to set up a dart.  Ideally you want the dart to enter the dart board at right angles to the floor, you want to have the flattest trajectory with the least amount of “wobble” in your darts path.  The best way is go to a steel board and throw your darts and see how they actually are entering the board.  Make one change at a time (flight design, shaft length etc) until you get close to the desired flight path and trajectory.

 

Lastly forget your averages and definitely do not run around telling everyone what they were (especially do not be posting them on Facebook).  People should realize the only average that means anything is the worst one you throw not the best one!!!  The best one is one that comes long every so often yet people want to judge/rate themselves on that one.  The one that matters is the worst one you throw because that is the one you can depend on happening.  When you practice what you really are trying to do is improve the worst game you can possibly play as that is the only game you can ever know for sure that could show up.  This comes back to that whole thing about performance versus outcome - focus on improving your worst performance and you will end up getting more the outcomes you desire.  Have fun because for 95% of all the people in the world that play darts?  You are still going back to work on Monday so no need to sweat it too much.

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