In this blog post we will take a closer look at soft dart tips. The reason is simple. Especially with soft darts , the tip reflects the most important element on the dart. The tips keep breaking off due to incorrect impact on the board and have to be replaced quickly. In addition, the rapid warping is also a big problem that many e-dart players have to struggle with. We would therefore like to give an overview of what tips are available for soft dart players and what you should pay attention to when buying. After all, there are many parameters that play a role in purchasing the right tip - especially in connection with the rest of the arrow.
What do you have to pay attention to when buying soft dart tips?
The first section is just about what you should generally pay attention to when buying if you have decided on e-darts. Basically, there are several features that should be taken into account. These include, for example, the length and the thread size. Due to the different threads, not every tip fits every barrel. This means that if you make a bad purchase, you have to bring the entire pack of tips back straight away or even throw them in the trash. Therefore, pay close attention to the thread size of your soft darts to avoid such a situation.
The length also needs to be taken into account. Care should be taken to ensure that the length also matches the flight behavior of the darts. The tips of soft darts in particular are often extremely vulnerable and tend to break off quickly. Therefore, watch carefully how your arrow flies. If possible, it's best to try it out beforehand to see whether you need short or long tips. Basically, with soft darts the arrow only has to hit the desired field. In contrast to steel darts, getting stuck is not necessary. Nevertheless, for the sake of the tips and the e-dart board or machine, care should be taken to ensure that the arrows fly into the board as gently as possible.
Ultimately, the material would still be a factor in the purchase. With soft darts it is not necessary for the tips to be rock hard. This wouldn't make any sense here anyway, since the arrows wouldn't even get stuck in the machine or the target on the wall. A healthy mix between elasticity and hardness brings success here. This way you can enjoy your soft points for a while and don't have to change them every evening because they break off. Nevertheless, the soft darts remain safely stuck in the e-dart board.
Which soft dart tips are there and what is the difference?
There is also a short dart tip with a 2ba thread. We're talking about the completely ordinary dart tips that are used on virtually every e-dart in every bar. Although they are less stable, they are extremely cost-effective. So it's completely sufficient for a casual gamer in the pub. An ambitious player rarely resorts to such tips - also because they constantly break or bend. High wear and tear should definitely be taken into account. In addition, the tips are extremely short, which should be taken into account when it comes to the flight behavior of your arrows.
The second variant is the long dart tip with the same thread. The main difference here is basically just the length of the soft points. The flight properties of the arrows in particular can be influenced by these two different lengths. So adapt the tip to your own darts - and not the other way around! With this tip, the arrow definitely sticks extremely firmly into the board.
The different thread sizes for dart tips
In this section I would like to go into a little more detail about the various thread sizes for soft dart tips. It is important to note that the 6 mm threads (2ba) are considered common thread sizes. Just the ones, as described above, that every hobby player usually uses in the bars around the world.
In contrast, there are the soft dart tips with 8 mm thread (1/4). This thread is a dying dinosaur. In the past, this thread was usually always used. However, it is now the case that the thread is simply too narrow, as today's barrels often have a larger diameter and are a little heavier than they were a few years or even decades ago.
However, if you play an extremely slim barrel, you can often use the M3 dart tips. This is an internal thread for extra narrow barrels. The manufacturer M3 has brought these dart tips onto the market and adapted them to their own darts. This has the disadvantage that this thread does not fit on any soft dart barrel - no matter how narrow it is, but only on the M3 barrel.
Longer tips often result in more stable flight behavior
The big advantage of longer soft dart tips, which are preferred by experienced players, is that they often stabilize the flight behavior. This means that a player who occasionally has technical errors in the throwing movement can compensate for them relatively well. Or to put it another way: Longer tips mean that technical errors in the throwing movement are not particularly noticeable because the flight behavior is more stable.
As already described, beginners often use short tips. Although darts with these tips react more sensitively to technical errors in the throwing movement, they usually stay stuck in the board better. Especially when arrows with short tips fall to the ground, which is often the case even with beginners, these tips do not react quite as sensitively as long tips - logically, since a long tip is much more unstable for bends or a complete break.
Conclusion: Find out for yourself which tip suits you best
Long story short. In the end it's like so often with darts. Your own throwing movement is crucial. In a blog post like this we have to point out again and again that we can only make recommendations - knowing full well that these do not necessarily apply to every dart player. When it comes to darts, it is generally often the case that your own throwing style is crucial for the right choice of playing equipment. So try it out yourself. You will notice relatively quickly whether long or short soft dart tips lead to the desired result. In any case, there is no blanket panacea.