In some other blog posts we have already discussed why a darts training plan or regular training is important. In this blog post we would like to give you a concrete example of a darts training plan. First of all I would like to note that this is a training plan for beginners who still need basic exercises. Of course this plan can be adapted and tailored to your individual skills. It should primarily serve as a starting point for how you create a training plan in the first place.
First of all, we would like to start by showing you over what period you can use this training plan and how often you should play it. Basically, this is a dart training plan for beginners, which is designed for a period of 4 weeks. During these 4 weeks you should try to do a training session every other day. In total I provide you with 3 training sessions for one week. So if you play the plan every 2 days, you can play through once completely in one week.
One thing is also important here. At the very beginning, please create an Excel spreadsheet to record your results. This way you can see after four weeks in which areas you may have improved and where there is still potential to raise your level. Exactly on this basis you can then create the next training plan for four weeks. This way you have the possibility to train all weak points step-by-step in order to eliminate them in the long run. It is very important that you do not let setbacks get you down. Setbacks are also part of the sport of darts, so stay persistent and believe in yourself!
We start the first training session of the week with a few basic exercises to get a feel for the arrow. Basically, don't set your sights too high before you've warmed up properly. Because every player knows that a proper warm-up program is also part of darts to get the right feeling.
The first exercise in the plan is enormously simple. You stand in front of the board and throw all single fields from 1 to 20. You count the number of arrows you need for the 20 single fields. This exercise is only for throwing in. However, it would be a good idea to at least write down the total number of darts you need. That way you have a goal to always undercut it.
On the first day of training, we will not yet place great emphasis on scoring. First of all it's about learning to play the whole dartboard. It doesn't help us or you if you know how to play the 20, but otherwise have no feeling for the other fields on the board. So, let's move on. So after you've warmed up on the singles, the first thing to do is practice the doubles. Here we use the well-tried Around-the-Clock. In this game you throw all the doubles from 1 to 20 in a row. We'll leave out the bulls-eye in this plan, which is intended for beginners.
Around-the-Clock is primarily about getting a feeling for which double fields suit you and which do not. Every player prefers different fields. The best way to find out is to write down the number of darts you need for a double.
As a final exercise on the first day of training, you will venture into an advanced exercise that does not focus on performance. Now you work the triple fields one after the other. Again, you write down how many darts you need for each field and then add up the total number. By writing it down, you can compare and evaluate your performance after four weeks and get a good overview of which exact fields you still need to practice.
Caution: You should take enough time for the last exercise. Although there are only 11 triple fields that you want to hit, this can take some time.
In the first dart training plan you noticed that three exercises in one day are quite enough. You should not impose too much on yourself. Sufficient breaks are also important to give your mind and body the necessary rest.
In the second dart training plan we will focus on your scoring. On this day there are four exercises on the program for which you need exactly 350 shots. I'll be a bit shorter here because each exercise is the same. You throw 100 arrows, or just under 34 shots, onto a field. If you hit a single you get one point, if you hit a double you get two points and if you hit a triple you get three points. If you miss, you don't get a point. After each shot, write down how many points you scored in total and add it all up later.
You repeat this exercise for the 20, the 19 and the 18. You throw 50 arrows at the bulls-eye. A hit on the single bull counts as a single hit, and a hit on the bull's eye counts as a double hit.
As a small point of reference, if you throw 100 arrows in succession at the 20 in the first exercise, 100 points is already a challenging goal for a beginner. I think you can be quite satisfied with 70 to 80 points at the beginning.
With the bulls-eye, of course, this is much more difficult. With your 50 throws, beginners can already look forward to a good round with 10 hits.
On the last day of training, we would like to evaluate the average. Overall, beginners should not put too much emphasis on the average. Even if you start the leg well, the double problem can ruin the average. For this reason, we will approach the matter a little differently.
You complete the first exercise as follows: You throw 34 shots (i.e. 102 arrows) and just try to score - no matter how. You record each score of each shot in your Excel spreadsheet. At the end you calculate the average. Of course, double shots are missing here, but for a beginner the scoring average is much more valuable.
After this exercise you play 10 legs and write down the shots and the average at the end. This will also give you a good overview of when things are going well and when they are not. Since these exercises take much longer than the previous ones, this is already enough on day 3 to enjoy the weekend afterwards. In addition, on the third day, you can of course include a few real matches as a third exercise, provided you have a playing partner. This can never hurt, because the pressure situation is part of darts. And you learn to deal with them best in real matches.
A predefined excel table would be great