2. How do I hold a dart?
3. Steel tip vs Soft tip darts?
4. Why are tungsten darts superior?
5. Why different flights?
6. How do I care for my bristle dartboard?
7. How do I hang a dartboard?
8. How to set up a dartboard for a wheelchair player
9. How to set up Bristle Dartboard set
10. How do I hang the new bracket system?
11. How do I hang the old style metal bracket?
12. How to use a dart sharpener
13. Clean your darts
14. Wear and tear on your flights
16. Long or Short Shafts?
As shown in Diagram A, there are 4 basic parts to a dart: the point, the barrel, the shaft and the flight.
Beginners often ask, "What's the right way to hold a dart?" There is no 'right' way. This is a very personal thing, which cannot be dictated by someone else. You can hold a dart like a pen, with the first finger over the barrel and second finger under the barrel. You can hold it with the first two fingers over the barrel and the third finger steadying the point, or you can hold it with all four fingers on the dart. One thing is certain: it's the leverage of the thumb that transmits the throwing force to the dart. That force is accentuated by the rotation of your forearm swing of your hand over the wrist joint. Your fingers serve to hold the dart to the power source (your thumb) and coordinate the release. Your fingers do not provide the power but are responsible for the smooth launch of the dart. Remember, your thumb contributes the power; your fingers promote accuracy.
The two most popular versions of darts are:
This is due to the tungsten being a denser material and therefore heavier which allows a dart to be machined in a smaller diameter which means you can pack more darts into a small space like the bulls eye.
Standard gives maximum leverage to the flight mechanism because of its larger area.
Kite has a smaller area, thus giving the dart faster flying speed.
Teardrop allows maximum lift from a small flight and tends to keep the tail of the dart down.
Slim is designed for the fast-flying dart and allows the tail to stay low.
Lantern is very similar to the kite design but slightly more back heavy trajectory.
No.6 shape is very similar to the standard shape flight, but more narrower through the top
With experimentation, you'll find the one that's for your game.
All Puma Darts bristle boards made in New Zealand have been manufactured with high grade sisal to ensure the durability and longevity of the dartboard. However dartboards, like any product, need to have the wear evenly spaced across the entire surface of the board or the board will in fact become prematurely worn out through over-compaction of the sisal. All Puma darts boards are fitted with a moveable number ring, which should be rotated on a regular basis. A board that is regularly used should be rotated at least fortnightly by moving the '20' through to the next blank segment i.e., '20' would become '12'. The only area of the board, which cannot be protected by turning, is the bullseye area. It is essential that when you are practicing you do not continually practice your play on the bullseye, as this area of the board will wear out. Remember to spread your wear.
Following an historic ruling in 2010 by Australia’s peak darting body “Darts Australia”, a second official board height has now been acknowledged as fair and equivalent for use by players throwing from a wheelchair. Please visit www.wheelchairdarts.com for full details of the ruling.
Set up instructions are below:
Either or both REAR wheels may be against, but not on or in front of the throwing line during the throw.
Either or both FRONT wheels may be in front of the throwing line during the throw.
1 x plastic wall bracket (U shape piece)
1 x plastic backing board flange (round piece)
|6 x screw - 8 x 25mm dome heads (2 extra)||4 x screw - 8 x 15mm CSK|
Note: Both the wall bracket and flange have a centre hole
You should see a small dimple in the centre of the backing board, if not measure and mark the centre. Place the backing board flange (B) on the back of the board in the centre with the counter sink facing towards you (as per picture) (use 4 of the 8 x15mm CSK screws here), screw the centre one in first then 2 then the other 3.
Note: On the Bandit Plus, the flange is already ready mounted on backing board
Measure from your floor or if you are using a dart mat measure from the top of the mat up the wall 5ft 8" (1.73m) and mark the centre height. Place the wall bracket (A) on the wall, the U shape recess should be facing you and the recess opening to the top. Using the centre hole in the wall bracket line up your centre mark and screw one of the dome screws in. (Please note that this screw is only temporary for the line up and will be removed later). Using a level, level the top of the bracket and fix the four screws. Then remove the centre screw.
The dome head screw should sit a little higher than the bracket, this helps the stability of the board. Now place your board complete with flange attached into the wall bracket and line up so the 20 scoring area is vertical.
One screw in the centre of the back of the board, you should see a small dimple in the centre of the backing board, if not measure and mark the centre. Screw in to approx 3mm from the top of the head to the board. The two other screws and the metal bracket are fixed to the wall at the centre height as mentioned in the measurements (5ft 8in or 1.73m), the knotch facing upwards and the centre bump faces towards you.
The 3 nails are placed through the holes in the plastic bungs/pads and nailed in 3 equal positions around the circumference of the backing board approx 15mm in from the edge.
The centre screw can be adjusted in and out to take up the play when the board is mounted on the bracket. (Adjust screw so there is no board wobble when mounted).
This method allows you to rotate the board and number ring as it wears.
You need a dart sharpener. Without sharpening the tips of darts, they get dull and don't stick in the board. No matter how perfect a player's aim is, in the end it won't matter if their darts don't stay in the board.
1.Rub the end of the dart on the stone. Hold the dart parallel to the sharpening stone and lightly rub the dart’s end across the stone’s surface. Make sure to rotate the dart to properly sharpen all sides evenly. Check the tip continuously to ensure that it is sharpening properly and adjust sharpening accordingly.
2.Check the shape of the dart tip. Perfectly sharpened dart tips are not pointed; they have a slightly rounded tip. The tip needs to resemble a ball point pen tip to properly stick in the dart board. If the tip gets a point on it, lightly rub the end on the sharpening stone in circles until it is rounded.
Don't overdo it. Darts sharpened to a point are too sharp, if too sharp can damage the wire on the board. Or do not grip once in board.
Sometimes new darts come too sharp to play with. Round the tips of the darts down with the dart sharpener before using them so that they’re not too sharp.
Use regularly Check the tips of darts before throwing them.