Mike, what would be your suggestion for the younger players in darts?
First and foremost I would tell them to throw the stats out the window and play the game to win. Seems everyone now a days is more interested in their stats than winning the game. What a joke.
Many times at the end of a match, players are fighting to get to the board to see what they shot. Recently, I saw a young up and coming player shoot a good game, at the end when the stats showed up, he did a fist pump,
Apparently he forgot they lost the game. You should know how you shot based on wins and how you helped your team. I will take a 3.0 with a win any day over a 5.0 loss.
Play your game and don’t get too high or too low. Act like you have been there before when you win and take a
loss in stride and go after the next game.
Also, listen to the players who have done it for a long time and respect their knowledge. Most in Arizona have played on the top level and done well. Use their help to make yourself a better player.
Next for young players is to learn the game and the outs. Many a game has been won or lost merely based on who made the correct shot, either to take the game out or set it up.
I see players shoot a bull on the last dart and leave their partner a 2 out, many times when they have a huge lead. That is suicide. They may hit it and win, but it is not at all correct unless you’re playing freeze.
Don’t get caught up in one good night or one good game. Build on it and work to be consistent.
I believe that is the key to being successful. Lots of players can hit a big round or two, but the great ones hit all the time.
Lastly, I believe you need to respect the other players and the game. You can not gain respect without giving it first.
These are just my thoughts and I may be wrong, but I doubt it.