The dart barrel is the most important element in the structure of every soft and steel dart. Sure, the flight , shaft and tip sometimes play a big role, but dart barrels and their weight have the most impact on the trajectory of the arrows .
Every player has their own throwing style , no one is comparable to another. This starts with the grip and continues throughout the entire throwing movement.
This is exactly why we explain the different shapes and grip types of dart barrels in more detail in this article. This way you will find out which dart barrel is best for you and your throwing style.
The heart of a dart
As already mentioned, the barrel is the handle of the dart and therefore generally the most important component of steel darts and soft darts . There are countless ways to throw your darts and depending on the handle and throwing style, dart barrels should have different properties in order to create an optimal throwing path.
In general, dart barrels are manufactured in different weights, shapes, lengths and surfaces and decorated with a wide variety of design elements. For soft darts, dart barrels are usually made with weights between 14 and 18 grams , while for steel darts the barrels can weigh up to 50 grams.
Steel darts can be a maximum of 30.5 centimeters , while soft darts are significantly shorter due to their lower weight at a maximum of 16.8 centimeters .
The shapes and surfaces, on the other hand, are often very different and are not self-evident, especially for beginners. There is a wide range of variants, which we will now explain to you in more detail.
The surfaces are primarily characterized by grooves, knobs and ridges and are therefore reflected in the grip of the dart.
Types of grip on dart barrels – grooves, nubs, ridges
The grip determines how firmly the dart barrel sticks to your fingers. Here you decide between different grip levels . The tastes are sometimes completely different.
Some professionals use a completely smooth dart to avoid getting stuck on the grip. Other players, however, use a dart with a greater grip because they quickly get wet or sweaty fingers.
Here too, no general recommendation can be made. Only by trying it out on the board will you find out which type of grip best suits your throwing style.
But one thing can be noted here. If the dart barrel is smooth, it is extremely important to have a fluid throwing movement , as the lack of support makes the dart extremely susceptible to small disruptions in the rhythm.
However, if the throwing style is rather slow, dart barrels with a higher grip level make more sense . In this way, outliers are at least somewhat avoided and precision in casting is increased.
The most important thing when choosing a grip is the position of the fingers and the moment of release . This is the only way you can find out whether it's a good thing if your finger sticks to the dart until you throw it or not.
The dart barrel grip and its grip are defined by the surfaces with different shapes. On the one hand, grooves, dense knobs made of steel or a specific pattern can be milled into the barrel or even rubber rings can be used to ensure a good grip.
Below we will explain the different grip levels and show you an example of dart barrels from our steel dart and soft dart range.