The very heart and soul of your game is your darts. They are not only a mechanical extension of yourself, but represent the spirit of your unique darting expression. Just like Odin’s spear, Gungnir, your aim is true and your darts always hit their mark. At least, that’s how I feel when I’m playing well, and I’ve imbibed a few droughts of quality ale.
If I can just take my head out of the clouds for a second, let me explain one of the most overlooked keys to consistently throwing magic arrows. Second only practice, practice, and more practice is the maintenance of your darts. These are the tools of your trade, and need to be treated with the utmost respect.
Finding the perfect set of darts for you is not an easy task. It could take many years to find the perfect set that you can’t live without. Perhaps you are one of those people with more money than sense who buys the latest and greatest innovation in darts every time your game goes off. Maybe you’re a bit more frugal, and like to try out other people’s darts now and again to get a feel for them before you make a switch. As your dart playing progresses, there may come a day when you find a set that’s just right, and you will never want to switch. I call those your weapons of mass dart-struction, and with proper love and care, they will last you a lifetime.
Of course, you don’t have to have the killer set of darts to run regular maintenance on them. You should always keep whatever darts you own in tip-top condition because if they are not flying at optimal performance, they will seriously affect your game. So let’s work our way from front to back and go over what you can do to keep your darts happy and healthy.