Training is important. As with any other sport, one's performance can only be improved through regular training. However, there are many different methods that influence this to varying degrees. In this blog post we would like to deliberately focus on training without a playing partner. Which dart training games alone make the most sense in front of the dartboard and how can you still create a pressure situation, which you also know from the competition? We will try to help you.
Playing practice darts games alone may bore some. It lacks the thrill and also the pressure that one is exposed to in a competition. Still, playing darts alone can be fun - especially since, if we're honest, it's significantly more common than playing with colleagues. Why is 170 better than 501?
The 501 game focuses too much on pure scoring. Especially for beginners. To shorten the version of the game, start at 170 and practice finishing, setting the numbers you want, and playing the entire board. The result of your performance can also be measured wonderfully in the 170 game. Do you only need three darts, the minimum number, or more than 9?
It is important that you not only score, but also learn to play all fields. In the long run, you will be able to compare your training performance well if you note the results regularly.
The warm-up game par excellence is, among other things, Around the Board or, as many people probably know it, Around the Clock. With this training game you can find out very well which fields you should still practice strongly. You can perfect the game so that you really practice all the fields on the board.
In the standard version, you can play the game by dropping each single field from 1 to 20. You count the arrows you need for each field and note the number. This way you can check after some time which fields you still need to practice. This exercise can of course be extended to double and triple fields. Logically, you will need a higher number of arrows for these much smaller fields.
Combined, it also makes sense to adjust the game so that you get one point for a single hit and three points for a hit into the triple field, for example. So in this version you count the points you hit and want to collect as many points as possible in the final score. For your orientation we can give you that a beginner will collect about 60 points in this version. Over 100 points you can definitely call yourself a professional level player. In other words, you can count the arrows you need to hit a field. Then, of course, the priority is to minimize the number of arrows.
What also makes sense is that you regularly play through the finishing game on your own. The special attraction here is to find out which finishes you are able to play and what you still find difficult.
So you start at 60 points. With three darts you have to check them. If you don't succeed, your score drops to 59, i.e. by one point. However, if you succeed in checking, your remaining score increases by 10 points to 70. This way you can play the game for an hour at a time. In this way you will see over time at which point the moment comes when you fail again and again with three arrows.
Another good dart training game on its own is the so-called "25". Maybe even the best one ever. Why is this so? In this game you start with a score of 25. You now have three darts to hit each double. Starting at 1 and going up to 20 via the bulls-eye. Now the game goes like this. If you don't hit the double with any of the three arrows, the score of the double is deducted from the 25 points on your account. For example, the calculation goes like this:
D1 missed: 25-2=23 remaining score
Once you have reached 0, the game is over. However, beginners can also play with minus points in order to continue playing until D20. But what happens if you hit the double once - or even twice?
In this case the score is added to the 25 points. For example, if you hit the double 1 twice, 4 points are added. So in this case you would have 29 points before the roll on the double 2. This game is one of the most effective for practicing doubles under pressure. And it can also be implemented excellently on its own.
A rather blunt training game for home and especially alone is to fire 100 darts at a segment. Especially often this game is used for the fields 18, 19 or 20 - logical, because these should be trained the most.
In this game you throw 100 times at a segment. A hit in the single field gives you one point, a double counts as two points and a hit in the triple of the targeted segment counts as three points. At the end of the game, you add up the number of points you have scored and compare them regularly. This is an excellent way to check whether you are becoming more accurate at hitting the 20 or other high fields.
One game that has relatively little significance, however, is the game "Average". The basic aim is to find out one's own average. The significance is limited because there are no arrows on the double fields. So only the point average is trained as orientation. This can be trained and calculated just like the previous game with 100 darts. Beginners are probably already satisfied with an average of around 40 in this case. Trained players will only be satisfied with an average of 60.
As a rule, you probably always play cricket against an opponent. Otherwise it makes very little sense. But there is a possibility to play cricket alone.
Again, this works by counting arrows. You try to hit the fields from 15 to 20 and the bulls-eye with as few arrows as possible. This is, as usual in cricket, the case with three hits. Also here counts: Single = 1 point, Double = 2 points, Triple = 3 points.
At the end, you add up the number of arrows you've used and can compare your performance relatively well - at least if it's played regularly over a period of time.
If these training games are not enough for you, you should definitely check out our own myDartpfeil book. There you can find over 20 training games with explanations and difficulty levels. Also included are tips and tricks and a 4-week training plan. You can find the book here: https://mydartpfeil.com/produkt/darts-buch-dart-training-like-a-boss-inkl-trainingsplan/