A dart is an individual gaming device for every dart player. The structure of a dart plays a crucial role here, as the dart must match the player's throwing style .
In this blog post we will go into the dart structure and give you tips on how you can optionally expand or perfect your dart.
In addition to the typical components of a dart, there are a number of smaller components that are important for a good dart, but are often underestimated by players.
Nevertheless, the basic composition of the dart always remains the same: flight, shaft, barrel, tip - and this is exactly what makes the dart structure so interesting.
Although these four components are present in every arrow, there are huge differences in how an arrow lies in the air.
Dart arrow structure – the most important components of a dart arrow
For many players, the dart is a mystery in itself. I once played the limited version of the Phil Taylor Legacy darts - the darts with which Phil Taylor became the record world champion in his sport in similar versions of his career.
One thing became very clear to me: I personally wouldn't even play an average of 40 points with this exact dart.
What I'm getting at is: The most important thing in darts is that the game equipment suits your throwing style - not the other way around. Many players often forget this and try to adapt their throwing style to a specific arrow. This is the wrong path.
How is a dart constructed? The dart structure is always the same . The four main components that every dart actually has ensure the basic composition:
The tip of the dart - grip & differences between e-darts and steel darts
Points are scored at the end with the tip of the dart - this is what the rules say. If the tip isn't in the board, the points don't count - end.
This is exactly why you should make sure that your tips, at least with steel darts, have the necessary grip . They should also be sanded every now and then with a grindstone so that they don't fall out of the board. There are even differences in the material and length of the tips.
Players with a light throwing style should definitely make sure that the tips are sharpened regularly or use tips that are slightly grooved so that they stay firmly in the board.
Logically, a plastic tip must be used with the e-dart. But here too there are differences. It makes sense to invest a little more to get stable tips instead of buying cheap tips that break off quickly.
The barrel on the dart – the heart of the dart structure
The barrel is considered the heart of the dart. Four important factors play a role in the barrel:
- Point where you touch the dart
It is no longer a secret that the weight, length and grip of the barrel should be perfectly coordinated and also match the player's throwing style.
However, one aspect of this topic is rarely discussed - the place where the player grabs the barrel .
One thing is particularly important here: the center of gravity of the barrel must be designed so that there is good balance when the player releases the dart. For example, if you play a barrel in the shape of a teardrop (the arrow's center of gravity is very far forward), you often grab the arrow relatively far forward in order to maintain balance.
If you grip the barrel further back, then it makes little sense to play a barrel in the shape of a teardrop . Try it out for yourself and you will find out exactly what it means.