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In darts the golden saying applies: Triple is funny, but double makes money .

How true this saying is, especially among professionals, is shown week after week in the big tournaments where a lot of prize money is at stake. The dart checkouts – often referred to as finishes – are therefore an essential part of the tactics in the game of every professional.

You see again and again that professionals use the same dart checkout methods to end a leg. In this blog post we explain why this is the case and which dart checkout methods are particularly popular with professionals.

What are checkout methods?

All numbers in the classic dart game 501 Double Out are known as checkout paths and can be brought to zero with three arrows. As soon as this possibility of high finish darts exists, we talk about it Darts jargon from a checkout. As a synonym, there is often talk of a finish that a player leaves behind. A short example that is perfect for clarification.

The highest checkout in darts is exactly 170 points (T20, T20, Bull). The 169, although it is lower, cannot be “checked out” – or brought to zero – by any combination of three fields on the dartboard with a final throw for a double. Down from 170 there are exactly seven of these numbers that cannot be played with three arrows to zero. We're talking about a bogey number here.

Especially for beginners, it is recommended not only to train the dart throwing technique , but also to hang a so-called dart checkout table next to the dartboard at the beginning. All sensible routes for every checkout below 170 are written down here.

In practice, all darts checkout methods can be learned and remembered quite quickly. In just a few weeks you can memorize the darts points table , you will see. We have already published a dart checkout table ourselves and it can easily be printed out. You can also create a darts tournament plan right away so that you always have everything in view.

What are checkout methods?

At what point does a professional start to do the math to face a particular dart checkout?

The leg starts at 501 and is played down to zero - at least that's how it is in the PDC in professional darts. Especially when there is a lot of money at stake, it is important to keep every option open to end a leg. Therefore, the question arises for many players:

At what point do the professionals even start calculating in order to be able to set a finish? The magic limit is 350 . With 350 points remaining, players try to get themselves into the best possible starting position to end a leg.

Why the 350? The answer is simple: If you throw the highest possible shot with 350 points remaining and score 180 points, you will end up with the highest possible checkout at 170. So you keep the option open of ending the game with a 170 finish in the best case scenario. Admittedly, this is relatively unlikely even for professionals, but the following applies: If you don't have the opportunity in the first place, you have no chance of finishing a leg. If you position yourself in such a way that it is mathematically possible to check, your chances increase significantly. Simple probability calculation.

Tact with checkout methods – keep one option open

Darts is also tactics. It is not uncommon for players to find themselves so stuck in the tunnel that they don't do the math and suddenly end up with a bogey number - one of the seven numbers under 170 that cannot be checked.

Therefore, as already mentioned in the previous chapter, it is particularly important to start calculating early . But that's not all. Because aiming in darts is also important. This is the only way you have your finish in your own hands and can defeat your opponents.

Professional players aim to use exactly the same checkout paths as often as possible to achieve a finish. This also means that as a player you should set yourself a checkout dart, where it is also possible, for example, to end the leg with just one hit in the triple field. Here is also an example of what exactly we mean:

  • With 130 points remaining, the player still has the opportunity to end the leg with just one triple hit (20, T20, Bull).
  • Even if the optimal path would be T20, T20, D5, the player still has the option of being able to check if he only hits the simple 20 with the first arrow.
  • From 131 points onwards, this advantage no longer applies (with the exception of 132).
  • With 131 points, it is already necessary to hit two triple fields in order to end a leg. Therefore, 130 is also a popular limit that you should always keep in mind when it comes to checking out your chances one leg.

Attention: That's why it's important that you internalize the checkout table darts and can recite them in your sleep. This is the only way you know exactly how to get to your finish quickly.

    Tactics with checkout paths

    Which dart checkouts do the professionals face most often – an overview

    Below we will take a closer look at a few dart checkouts and explain why professionals leave the bogey number darts over and over again. So no dart questions remain unanswered.

    • 170 : As the highest finish, it always makes sense to aim for 170 instead of leaving yourself with a bogey number.
    • 164 : 164 is so popular because, like 170, it is possible to end a leg with two hits in the same triple field and the bullseye. For comparison: 167 is considered a much more difficult finish to play as the player has to switch from T20 to T19.
    • 150 : The 150 can be played in many different ways, which is why it is also considered a popular checkout. Whether completely via the bullseye, via the T20 or via the T19. The number 150 can be played variably.
    • 132 : The 132 has a very special charm. Ultimately it can be checked without any triples. Two bulls and the D16 at the end bring 132 points to 0. Even if the first arrow lands in the single bull, there is the possibility of checking via T19 and bullseye.
    • 124 : The 124 is listed here as a placeholder for a whole range of finishes (121-130). These numbers are so popular because it is possible to check them with a triple. Using 124 as an example, it looks like this: The preferred path could look like this – T20, T14, D11. If the first dart misses, the path changes to 20, T18, Bull. If the second dart misses the target, the path is again called T20, 14, Bull.
    • 64 : The 64 is so popular because it can be checked using the numbers 8 and 16, which are known to be next to each other on the board. Be it 16, 16, D16 or 16, 8, D20. A very popular finish for beginners as it forgives a missed throw into the neighboring field.
      Dart checkouts

      Why do dart players often face the same checkout paths?

      This is about routine. Dart players try to acquire a routine that makes it much easier to play certain ways over and over again. Ultimately it's about safety and trust in your own game.

      It's not for nothing that many professionals have a favorite double and try to set higher dart checkouts so that they can bring them to zero by throwing on the favorite double field.

      While James Wade and Michael Smith favor the D10, Mensur Suljovic prefers to play the D14. Phil Taylor, on the other hand, never let himself be dissuaded from the D16

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      Even if you're a complete newbie to darts, you'll quickly find out which dart checkout methods suit you best when finishing . Of course, training is the be-all and end-all here in order to hit the numbers the way you imagine. You can remember the different checkouts at the beginning and always do the math when you're throwing.

      In this way, you not only train your ability to hit what you want, but also your mental arithmetic . This is particularly important in darts in order to make a checkout in just a few throws . If you always count, you will quickly know which finish you have to do and you will have your game in your own hands.

      To start with, it of course makes sense to hang the table with the important checkouts next to the board so that you always have an overview of the possible finishes. You will see that in a few weeks these will become second nature to you.

      And here is the table for you to print out:

      Points 1. Darts 2. Darts 3. Darts Points 1. Darts 2. Darts 3. Darts
      170 T20 T20 DB 99 T19 S10 D16
      167 T20 T19 DB T19 S6 D18
      164 T20 T18 DB 98 T20 D19 -
        T19 T19 DB 97 T19 D20 -
      161 T20 T17 DB 96 T20 D18 -
      160 T20 T20 D20 95 T19 D19 -
      158 T20 T20 D19 SB T20 D5
      157 T20 T19 D20 94 T18 D20 -
      156 T20 T20 D18 SB T19 D6
      155 T20 T19 D19 93 T19 D18 -
      154 T20 T18 D20 SB T18 D7
      153 T20 T19 D18 92 T20 D16 -
      152 T20 T20 D16 SB T17 D8
      151 T20 T17 D20 91 T17 D20 -
        T19 T18 D20 SB T16 D9
      150 T20 T18 D18 90 T20 D15 -
        T19 T19 D18 T18 D18 -
      149 T20 T19 D16 89 T19 D16 -
      148 T20 T20 D14 88 T20 D14 -
        T19 T17 D20 87 T17 D18 -
      147 T20 T17 D18 86 T18 D16 -
        T19 T18 D18 85 T15 D20 -
      146 T20 T18 D16 T19 D14 -
        T19 T19 D16 84 T20 D12 -
      145 T20 T19 D14 83 T17 D16 -
      144 T20 T20 D12 82 DB D16 -
      143 T20 T17 D16 T14 D20 -
        T19 T18 D16 SB S17 D20
      142 T20 T14 D20 81 T19 D12 -
        T19 T19 D14 T15 D18 -
      141 T20 T19 D12 80 T20 D10 -
      140 T20 T20 D10 D20 D20 -
      139 T20 T13 D20 79 T19 D11 -
        T20 T19 D11 T13 D20 -
      138 T20 T18 D12 78 T18 D12 -
        T19 T19 D12 77 T19 D10 -
      137 T20 T19 D10 76 T20 D8 -
      136 T20 T20 D8 T16 D14 -
      135 T20 T17 D12 75 T17 D12 -
        SB T20 DB 74 T14 D16 -
      134 T20 T16 D13 73 T19 D8 -
      133 T20 T19 D8 72 T16 D12 -
      132 T20 T16 D12 T20 D6 -
        SB T19 DB 71 T13 D16 -
      131 T19 T14 D16 70 T18 D8 -
        T20 T13 D16 T20 D5 -
      130 T20 T20 D5 69 T19 D6 -
      129 T19 T16 D12 T19 D6 -
        T20 T19 D6 68 T16 D10 -
      128 T18 T14 D16 T20 D4 -
        T20 T18 D7 T18 D7 -
      127 T20 T17 D8 67 T9 D20 -
      126 T19 T19 D6 T17 D8 -
      125 T18 T19 D7 66 T10 D18 -
        T20 T15 D10 T16 D9 -
      124 T20 T14 D11 T18 D6 -
      123 T19 T16 D9 65 T11 D16 -
      122 T18 T18 D7 T19 D4 -
      121 T20 T11 D14 T15 D10 -
        T17 T20 D5 64 T16 D8 -
      120 T20 20 D20 T14 D11 -
      119 T19 T12 D13 63 T13 D12 -
      118 T20 18 D20 T17 D6 -
      117 T19 20 D20 T13 D12 -
        T20 S17 D20 62 T10 D16 -
      116 T19 19 D20 T12 D13 -
        T20 S16 D20 61 T15 D8 -
      115 T20 15 D20 T7 D20 -
        T19 S18 D20 T11 D14 -
      114 T19 17 D20 60 S20 D20 -
        T20 S14 D20 59 S19 D20 -
      113 T19 16 D20 58 S18 D20 -
      112 T20 T12 D8 57 S17 D20 -
      111 T19 14 D20 56 T16 D4 -
        T20 S11 D20 55 S15 D20 -
      110 T20 T10 D10 54 S14 D20 -
        T20 DB 53 S13 D20 -
      109 T20 9 D20 52 S12 D20 -
      108 T20 16 D16 D20 D16 -
        T20 S8 D20 51 S11 D20 -
      107 T19 T10 D10 S19 D16 -
        T19 DB - 50 S10 D20 -
      106 T20 T10 D8 S18 D16 -
      105 T20 13 D16 49 S9 D20 -
      104 T19 15 D16 S17 D16 -
        T18 DB - 48 S16 D16 -
      103 T19 S10 D18 S8 D20 -
        T19 S6 D20 47 S7 D20 -
      102 T20 S10 D16 S15 D16 -
        T20 S6 D18 46 S6 D20 -
      101 T20 9 D16 S10 D18 -
        T17 DB - 45 S13 D16 -
      100 T20 D20 - S19 D13 -
        44 S12 D16 -
      Abbreviations: S4 D20 -
        43 S3 D20 -
      "T" for triple S11 D16 -
        42 S10 D16 -
      "D" for double S6 D18 -
        41 S9 D16 -
      "SB" for single bull 40 D20 - -
      "DB" for Double Bull (Bull's Eye)

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