Friday, November 22, 2019

Darts Coaching

Coaches, every sport has them football has them everywhere, cricket has coaches, athletics has them but does darts, well yes it turns out there are a few folks out there that are now offering this, so it got me thinking, does it work?

I have never been to a coach but i have had conversations with a few folks who do organised darts coaching. This is not a blog to say that there is no place for darts coaching, because i honestly think there is a place for darts coaching in the world. We as average darts players all want to improve our game and seek a little more perfection to the game and perhaps someone who can point out to us what we need to do can help with this but is this not just paying someone for them to tell you how bad you are doing something you thought you were ok at.

I thought this but then i did some looking into this with golf instructors/coaches, they tell you your swing is wrong or your delivery, stance etc and yes it helps players to get better i have seen this first hand when i went to research this, and these guys are not big pro names just chaps who have played the game for some time and been appointed a coach as they hit off a good handicap (which still to this day i do not understand) so i have played darts for several years can i coach, well no i have not done anything in the game was the comment i got but these chaps on the internet have never won a worlds or a PDC major, so what gives them the right to claim to be a coach.

I dont want it to be sour grapes, its not that, but i think i can help improve a players throw and their stance but how can i when im still only hitting a 58.4avg myself what makes the difference in them listening to my words, what gives me the authority to say i can tell them what they are doing wrong, when a coach somewhere can critic me.

So im not naming names but a chap on the net does darts coaching 1on1 sessions which he charges like £40 per hour for these take place at his local pub and from what i can see he will talk to you about your approach to oche, your arm level and body shape, but will it be a case of him telling you how he thinks it should be done and not just helping improve what you already have brought to the oche. When we coach football we dont tell a player what they are doing wrong and change it we see how they are doing it and take how they do it and manipulate it to suit the needs. that line got away from me a little there but i think you get where im coming from.

There is no regulation authority for coaching in darts there is no level 1 or level 2 coaching qualifications you need to take, so what makes a darts coach. If Phil Taylor is coaching darts i will accept this he is the greatest to ever play the game but if its a chap that has never played at a high level would i take his advice ? We can all improve and take advice on board but do we need to pay for this advice if its just another player who possibly just has a few more years playing than us.

Again im not saying that darts coaching is a nonsense idea, i think there is a place for it but all i wonder is what makes a coach if there are no regulated qualifications.

Till we chat again, enjoy your darts and mind the oche folks.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Now i remember why i take a book...

So after 13 weeks of injury recovery from a full Achilles rupture i decided to attend my first darts knockout in a very long time.

It was run at a local club by a gentlemen who has been raising money for Prostate Cancer research and has raised over 14k so far a fantastic feet i think you will agree. I had heard about his events and that they are run very well and are superbly organised and i have to say this was to be the case.

I arrived at the venue a good 40 minutes before TTO (Toe the Oche) as i had not been here before and wanted to see what the venue was like, i was aware of a few boards in use and yeah there was 4 boards to use all good quality and each with a raised oche always good, i have been comps before where its been a strip of tape on the floor that can get very argumentative.

So catch up with old faces i have not seen for months and in some instances years, i stepped away from darts back in 2012 and have dipped in and out since but now looking to stay involved more in the game. Back in the early 2000's a Saturday afternoon darts ko in the potteries would attract around 70-80 players some times and a average pub ko around 35-40 today we had just 25 players register, so it gets me wondering what we need to do to get players coming back to play in comps, i have discussed in previous blogs about players not been interested due to a PDC or BDO player might be there and they will win it, but who cares we are here to play darts and to be the best you have to beat the best.

So we get to roll call at the event not something i have come across much where all the players gather together and the control desk call our names out like a register and we say we are here, a good idea but i can imagine with a few more in the room this would be a nightmare and time consuming. Then the draw is done on computer and verified by someone and we start with pre lim games due to the numbers, so we need to get to a last 16 which means 5 pre lim games these start across the 4 boards, now my thinking from the off was would it be better to use 3 boards and leave a practice board but thankfully we used all 4 as some of the games took a little longer than you would expect, in fact one game took over 40 minuted to be played and it is best of 5 first to 3. The best thing about a darts knockout is players of all levels and abilities can play against anyone, if it happens that 2 players who are of a less ability play each other then you are going to be in for a long game sadly, if two top level players play it will be done in seconds as they will be hitting big scores.

So we need volunteer markers to start with and shock no rush in people saying i will do it, but i stepped up, last time i attended a darts knockout i mentioned in other blogs i got up and left at the end and i felt bad about that so i stepped straight in and marked a game between two very good ladies dart players who tested my maths with some good 19 plays, the game was a 3-1 win and the darts thrown were good, and i knew if i had to play the winner in the next round i would need to be on top form but this was not the case.

So the game on Board3 between a young man and a lady took the longest and used 3 markers overall, this held up proceedings but this is what you have to factor in when you attend comps, not every game will be done in minutes. What i use to do back when i use to attend regular was take a book and sit and read whilst i waited if there was no practice boards in use, today i couldn't sit down as my achillies would seize up and also i had not taken a book, so watching the football on my phone was my option of choice. The event got moving along and most games were going the distance from what i could see and the moment a board was free they got the next game on so not much chance to get in and warm the arm up. I then got asked have you played yet, to which i said no i looked at my phone and it was 15:51 i had been here now nearly 2 hours easily and not played, i had a warm up on arrival marked a game and watched football that was all. So i was now getting a little tired of standing and waiting around now, however i was sure as some folks had played 2 games i must be getting close to playing, but as it turned out i was last drawn out and had a bye in the last 16 into the last 8 for me which meant i would not play for some time. This is the luck of the draw or in my case the unluckiness of the draw. So after i figured this out i was then just waiting to here my name, it had to be soon right and at 16:06 it was time for me to play my opening game, i had about a good solid 25 minutes warm up at the venue, a few hours at home before i arrived and i felt good to throw, then walking towards me was my opponent John Burgess a top level player but i still felt confident i have known John for a while and new that if i was to have a chance i could not afford to slip into the 5's and 1's. After a short wait we got our marker and we were underway.

John won the bull, easily might i add and he kicked off with a 85, i thought aup here we go i have a shot to get into the lead and we went .... T3, S20 & S5 sit down now Shaun i thought but sometimes it takes me a leg to get warmed up but not today if i hit a 60 he was hitting 100, if i managed anything over 80 he replied with something over 135.
This proved to me that i needed to step my game up and i was no where near as close as i wanted or thought my game was at, inevitably i lost 0-3 and it took around four and half minutes to loose. 
So i had been here for nearly 2 and half hours and just lost without getting to a double, thats darts for you thats the game.

I marked the game next as you do, i did not leave this time i stayed and marked it and it was a good qfinal game which had good scores and top checkouts.

So what did i take from this experience, my darts are not at a good level, they are a average pub level but comps and knockouts not yet need more time on the practice board. Is there a good darts comp scene in the area, yes i think there is still, 25 is ok but as i said to the runners i think there are more we just need to advertise them right, and last is the standard of darts in Stoke still as strong as when i stepped away from playing,, no, its bloody stronger than ever and the players playing are good, and for me to achieve something at local events well as Finch said in American Pie 2

"Efforts must be doubled"  

Till we chat again, enjoy your darts and mind the oche folks.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time to run (an event!)

Its been a few weeks since our last blog post and in this time we have been building up the name of Darts In Stoke and trying to build a good community and group following, this been said we have decided for the first time in over 8 years nearly 10 years to run a darts event a knockout and to say i'm nervous about the event would be a under statement.

Why be nervous i'm only running the event, yes that is correct but i have been to events before which have been run poorly and then afterwards seen a backlash of people saying i would never attend again and i dont wish for that to happen to these DartsInStoke events. We want to offer events to the darting community of Stoke and Staffordshire a place where if they give up there Saturday or Sunday afternoon they can have an enjoyable afternoon of darts, yes not everyone can do the day in questions and yes some will not like the format but as in life you cant please every sole as much as you try to.

For this event we asked the local leagues on Facebook and players what they would like to see and the outstanding winner was a 501 double start, double finish event so we have decided to run this and also a BO5 games allowing players at least 3 games of darts if not all 5.
A Grand Slam style event has been suggested to us but we wanted to ease our way back into running events so the idea of a slam sounds great and will no doubt get more players in the door as you could be guaranteed 4 or 5 games but with just myself on the control its not going to be easy anyway.

A fear when you run an event on your own is always the surge of players you will get, on average events locally have been seeing numbers of around 30-40 players i can cope with this for sure but if i was to get more in the door on the day my word am i going to feel the heat of the event.

So im now in the process of evaluating how to run the event what i need to make sure the day goes smooth, i will be running the event from my laptop with paper as a back up in case of any problems. A while back i run a NFL fantasy draft event with friends and we got to Rd4 and my laptop broke so i dont really want that to happen, so paper will be my back up for sure. I have 3 boards to use so games should move quickly and at the venue there is another practice board to allow players a place to practice whilst they wait so another box ticked here. 

For any event to run the players need to be helpful, when you win let me know, if you loose stay and mark of arrange for someone to do this for you, i will be asking players if you dont mark leave £2 on the table for someone to mark the game for you, there is always someone at these events who is happy to collect some cash for marking.

However my only rule is i cant play or enter, i did this in the past and it gets messy so for now happy to sit by the door and put scores into a computer and shout out who is on next.

All details for the DartsInStoke D.I.D.O Knockout can be found below.

Till we chat again, enjoy your darts and mind the oche folks.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Staffordshire County Darts - QnA with Aiden Cope and Callum Matthews

This week we build up to Staffordshire County Darts playing there 400th game vs West Midlands at The home of county darts The White Eagle Club over the weekend of October 12th & 13th.

We have spoken with a few of the teams players and asked them there thoughts on the county darts scene and also what got these players into darts.

In this blog we caught up and asked questions to Aiden Cope and Callum Matthews

DIS - What advice would you offer to anyone who is looking to get into super league darts and then ultimately get to play for the county

AC - Stay patient, so many players in the league have potential but want it too quick they just need to stay patient and practice

CM - Join a team where you can play every week, try and improve game on game, you’re only as good as your previous game. Practice an hour a night or so... and enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy the game then don’t bother. Practice your own action. If you’re not playing well make sure you know why you’re not playing well and correct it. Darts is 75% mentality.

DIS - For anyone thinking of coming along this weekend to the match what can they expect and what advice would you offer.

AC - You can expect it to be very Loud, Staffordshire are extremely passionate as a county darts team.

CM - Get to the venue an hour before the ladies begin. For a player if you are drawn 1st, 2nd or 3rd, it can be 3 to 4 hours before you play. If you’re on last it can be longer than that, 5/6 hours maybe. But its a good atmosphere and a good day out, and a pleasure to represent your county.

DIS - Pop you on the spot, what are Staffordshire chances this season

AC - Good because the quality in the groups of teams is brilliant but sometimes the players don't realise the potential they have.

CM - The ladies team did unbelievably well last year, they were the reason Staffs got promoted. If they do the same this season we could go up again. The men have always had a very good team and the B team are as good as the A team most the time. However like any team, if every player plays well we will beat anybody.

DIS - How do you prepare both before matchday and on matchday

AC - No comment not giving my secret away

CM - I never practice the day before a completion. The day before your tournament, if you stop yourself from throwing, when you really want too, the morning after all you wanna do is play, the hunger is there and the dedication to play and practice and prepare is there as well. All you wanna do is play darts, which is a good mentality too have. Like I’ve said before, you want to enjoy the game, want to be there.

DIS - What darts are you using at the moment

AC - 22g Robbie green.

CM - I lost my darts a few months ago so Ian Goodwin, a player who I play with on a Tuesday borrowed me some, and I played on a Thursday with them and averaged 34.95, so he let me keep them.

I would like to thank both players for replying to my questions and wish them and the team the best of luck for Saturday and Sunday.

Staffordshire County vs West Midlands
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October

Venue - The White Eagle Club, Riverway,
Stafford, ST16 3TH
11am Start
Cost of Entry £ 4 for both days

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Tips and Ideas to deal with your first ever darts knockout.

Darts knockouts can be a daunting place to attend for someone who has never attended one before, in today's blog piece i'm going to go over my tips and do and dont's when attending a darts knockout for the first time.

Now a quick disclaimer these are my own views and my own experiences, everyone deals with events differently so just because something either worked for me or didn't might not be the same for you.

So you have decided to attend your first darts knockout, this could be because your friends have asked you or you feel its time to take the next step from pub darts to knockout darts, which ever it is the main thing is you enjoy the day. Before you leave for the knockout do some research into the venue and area and also your travel arrangements. My first ever knockout i attended way back was at a sports hall in Wolverhampton, i had no idea where i was going before hand no idea where i was going to park etc so make sure you do your research first.

Registration time can sometimes be different from doors open time, events i have been will open doors to the venue at 10am but not open registration till midday and then have reg open for 2 hours possibly this can then be a long time between practice darts and competitive darts so plan your time wisely. Also note just because the flyer says toe the oche at say 1pm this will mean that the draw will be done around this time and depending on entries and boards available you could still be in for a wait to play your match. The big events like the British open give you an estimated board time to come back to the venue but the pub knockouts cant do this so you have to wait your turn, so a tip from me would be to see what board you are on find out who is on 2 games before you and try and locate them this way you will then have time to prepare. One of the worst things is sitting around and then hearing your name called to a board, try and go from the a practice board to the oche if you can. 
Another thing to bare in mind now is that you have been called to your board, if you arrive and there is no one there start to practice there is nothing in the rules that says you cant, you will normally get the custom 6 or 9 practice darts but as soon as you get to the board if its empty get some early darts in. Then you have the anxious wait not just for your opponent but the marker, personally i never try and concern myself with my opponents warm up darts they are just that once the game is on everyone changes despite what we say.
If after a few throws you dont have a marker alert control or the organiser asap you dont want to keep waiting for him or her to come and mark, it just builds the tension up in your throw all you will want to do at this point is play your match.

Enjoy the match if its your first time dont over play the game in your head, at the start of your practice darts work out which way you will come away from collecting your darts, generally its the side of the marker but some venues can be tight with boards and this is not an easy option so get your return sorted early. Normally you will be provided with a table to place your case and drink on, at these events its often best to place your darts case on top of your glass but what some do that i have always done is drop one of my flights into my glass, its not gross its a new flight and its not like im going to swallow it. Once your match is over if you have won shake your opponents hand and i would always encourage anyone that comes with me who has not been before to shake the hand of the marker also, its the decent and right think to do they have lost and are out but still were good enough to mark the game. Once won head straight to the control desk and report your result, dont go the bar or the toilet let them know you are done so the next match can get started. Now if you have lost its a gut killer yes, you possibly just want go home but do the right thing and mark the game, pack your darts away pop them in your pocket and stand by the board ready to mark the game. As discussed in other blog posts some events let you put £3 on the table if you dont want mark for someone to come and mark for you, if this is your preferred option leave the money but alert control that you have done this so they can call out for a volunteer marker.

Now i step back to research part of what i talked about earlier if you have won, you could be in for a wait for the next game, i have been to knockouts with friends who have won in Rd1 and then had to wait for over 1hr30 for there next game, so plan your time well here, get food so look at what is close to the venue is it in walking distance can you drive there without hassle and stress. One event i went once in Manchester me and a friend both passed our Rd1 games and were told it was estimated an hour wait for the next games, and the venue had only one practice  board in use so we had done our work and spotted there was a pub about 10 min walk we could go get food and they had a board for us to practice on which was great but if they call you then you want hear it as you are at least a mile away and these events dont do texts telling you your game is coming up. So if you are going to walk out the venue make sure you have a good idea on time and where you are going, games on your board and draw side might go quick and there could be some byes with players who have won leaving (oh it happens) so its always a risk to leave the venue but sometimes can be a good thing to regroup yourself.

If you do stay at the venue in between your games make sure you can here the control desk call your name a given really, but for me i take a book and read in between games settle my mind in all the chaos of a darts knockout can have, some just go the bar and drink its your own personal preference really. Once at the British Open a chap i had been practicing with the day before was more stressed as he had only put 3hrs on his car parking ticket and was worries about it expiring so if you are driving be mindful of time you might be there for over 5hrs you could be done in 30 minutes it all depends on how the event is run.

My best tip for a knockout is speak to other players get involved with chat where possible the darts community is great and yes there are some who are in the mindset of dont speak to me im here to win today that's fine let them be but most are up for a chat and then when you attend other knockouts in that area of close bye you will become friendly with them i still have friends now in the midlands and Manchester that i got chatting with and enjoy speaking with them when i see them at events. When you are on a practice board get involved with routines with others if they are happy for you to join in, if not find out what the routine is and join in on your own so if they are playing 10 up 1 down what ever the player in front is throwing for you either go 1 down or 10 up if they got it etc try not to just spend time throwing at the 20's when your at the board it might be a 9 person snake to throw them 3 darts so use them wisely if you are not involved in any routine set challenges to yourself.

Once the event is over and you are done, most of the time players will stay around and have a game of killer or ATW stay and get involved with these games its good practice and you again will get to know the players a little more, if you see the event host thank them for their time, most dont get paid or kickbacks for running darts knockouts they do so for the love of the game. Give feedback to them both good and bad, what you felt was good about the knockout what could have been improved about the event and venue, it will only make them better.

Confidence is massive in darts and more so when you attend your first ko on your own, but just enjoy the game you love because no matter if there is 15 or 150 other players there they all enjoy a game of darts as you do.

So recap..

* Plan your journey 
* Arrive in good time but not too early, it could be a long day
* Register as soon as you can, it gets it out the way
* Find out who is on 2 games before you so that you can prepare right
* Get to your board early if you like to get the feel of the throw
* If you win, register your score ASAP
* If you loose, stay by the board ready to mark the next game
* If you leave the venue, dont stray too far and perhaps inform control 
* Enjoy the darts and the experience, once you have done one you will do more

Till we chat again, enjoy your darts and mind the oche folks.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Its your turn to mark, what the toilet again !

We have all been in this situation either at darts league or a comp we wait for the most important person when it comes to our match, no not the opponent but the marker. 

Notable sometimes with there absence as they have just come off the board playing and have gone the bar or to the toilet or in some instances performed a world famous back door boogie. We have all done it i'm sure at some point in our darting careers, but we always then moan about those that do it but why to some if not most is there this fear of marking the board for a game of darts.

This past weekend i watched the BDO British Classic and Open and then to my shock i spotted on social media people moaning about MC Kerrie Crompton making some scoring errors and having to check scores. Well played to Kerrie for then tweeting out the following post

Well said, and its the same across the darts pubs of Britain and not just Stoke on Trent i'm certain, you can mark a excellent game and then when you write down an incorrect score there will be someone behind you sitting down who shouts out  "oi that score is wrong!" you are possibly in most cases already aware of this and are waiting to change it when the player who is throwing has thrown their 3 darts, you might not have a clue but why do some people feel the urge to shot out mistakes like this or in the case above take to social media to moan, my feeling is that they have never been up there and marked a game of darts for fear of getting it wrong.

I like most have heard them all i cant add up, i cant take away these are the most common ones i have been told, yet when they hit on there throw T19, T7, S3 they can tell you straight away when they have scored, the mind boggles it really does.

I started darts like most i guess, not a clue on the maths front, i'm no good at math didn't pass it at GCSE and didn't really need to use it in my day job back then. I would turn up at the pub on a Tuesday night for a chuck with my friend and we would spend hours trying to wok out the scores, i recall one night we walked into our local and we had been in all day on the Sunday playing darts and the landlord has left us a present on the side of the board on a piece of string, a calculator, when i asked him about it he laughed and said i was fed up of hearing you guys trying to work out the scores so felt i would help. In fairness it did for me at that time, it got me use to typing in 19x3=57 after a few times you would recall this and not need the calculator, then over time the taking away on the board got easier, everyone has there own way of doing it, take it away from the end column first or add up if its 95 and take the first column away, but the fact i guess is that with darts we need to at some point need to do the math and its up to us how we get to the end result, i have seen markers use there hand whilst i'm throwing to add up if it works for you carry on. 

Have i ever left a comp without marking, YES, i'm not happy with the fact i can say yes and not proud of the way i walked off, but we have all done it. Would i happily go up on a stage and mark a game of darts in front of thousands, yes i think i would like to have the opportunity to, i once marked a game for Dave Chisnall in a final of an event and no i didn't make the semi final i just volunteered to do the mark to help out, and if asked again i would step in and help and im sure i would make mistakes its part of the human DNA to make them but its how we react and embrace the mistakes that counts.

I have not attended many darts knockouts in recent months but im sure it was a un written rule that when you come off the board if you did not want to mark you left £3 or £5 on the table and then they would find you a marker, i once knew a chap who would attend a comp not enter to play but make around £30 just from marking. However from looking on forums and Facebook groups it appears more and more players are now walking away from the mark, its there turn at the bar or they are busting for a pee, do all players a favor and before the event state to the organiser you will be leaving money on the board to mark, arrange with your teammates to mark the game so the next player is not waiting for someone to step up to the mark. Do i agree with the if you cant mark you shouldn't be playing, no i dont, we all struggle with maths, heck i have seen Rachel Riley struggle with the numbers of countdown and she is like well smart, so it gets us all at times, but can we keep comments to ourselves or step up to do the big calling jobs instead of been a critic i think we all know that answer.

And if you have like i have in the past, walked away from marking a game as you didn't want to mark it, contact the organiser and say sorry and offer to be a marker at there next event, because there will be a day when you get to a board final and you might not have or might have wait for a marker and it could effect how you play, look at it that way.

Till we chat again, enjoy your darts and mind the oche folks.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Darts night and whats in your wallet

Its the night of the week we all enjoy, yes that right its darts night, arrive at the pub/club that little early if we can for pre match practice or in some players minds that i need to be 3 drinks deep before i ever think about throwing a damn dart tonight, but up and down the country not just here in Staffordshire you will see across tables darts cases and boy do they vary in size and design but the question that has often made me wonder is what do you have in there and why ?

Ok, so let me show you my set up

All in all has everything i think i need, my darts (obv) spare flights 2 sets, i currently have 2 extra sliksticks as these dont damage whilst playing well not normally and my emery tape to scruff up my points. Small enough case so it slips into my pocket when im done or can sit on top of my pint pot to signal this is my drink not yours !

But i have seen all sorts of darts cases on the table and my recent favorite was this case
Unicorn <b>3D Wallet</b> - Dart Case - Padded Sections - 3 Zipped Compartments - <b>3D Wallet</b>

A case that i immediately thought my word that's chunky this guy means business, so me been me i went and had a chat with the chap and we got talking he had been playing darts for a few months and said i wanted to make sure i had the proper gear to play the game, i thought all you need is a set of darts and some spare parts but i then said what you throwing with, he opened the case up and to my surprise all he had inside was a set of darts (cant recall the brand now) 2 sets of flights and some stems, and they looked lost in this vast case he was carrying with him so i asked "Is that all you have in there" his reply was "Yeah but it looks good"

I have also seen players with darts cases where they have a small slim case and its bursting with 3 sets of darts and with more flights than you can get on one of them cards from behind a bar. So my wonder has been why?
When you come to darts you come with your set of darts you are going to use this is a given as said but these folks that have 2 or 3 different sets i dont get, they know the set they are going to use but why bring along another completely different set and then not use them on the darts night !
I once knew a chap who carried a second set in his case nothing special just a basic set that he would offer to people to use if there were no pub darts, good idea i thought.

The other week whilst watching the soft tip games from japan i spotted most of the lady players with darts cases that were clipped to there side like these below
*Shot <b>Spectrum Dart Case</b> - Premium Wallet with Inner Dart Caddie - <b>Pink with White</b>

Bulls <b>The Pak Series</b> Darts Case - Large Series - <b>Multi Pak</b> - includes Drop in Case - Nylon - Red

I can imagine having your darts case on your hip at first can be very distracting as you set up with it moving or if you have accessories inside that are not secure them moving and possibly making a noise inside, but i also guess at a comp the main advantage of this type of set up is that is not going to be picked up by another player who has the same case and taken !

So its got me thinking what is your darts set up and why, if you use a mega wallet and carry all different darts why, whats the thought process do you allow others to try them or do you just use another set if your go to set are not working for you. How many spare flights and stems do you carry. 

What type of case do you have and why that style and type, are you another that loves to look the part when you rock up on darts night or would you just prefer to throw your darts in a plastic bag and stick them in your pocket and remind yourself all night not to sit down just in case of them piercing you.

Till we chat again, enjoy your darts and mind the oche folks.

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