If you've been following the friendly series on essentials of practice, then you'll have hopefully encountered the article teaching you the importance of mixing your practice sessions up to keep it interesting. Believe us, it's massively important. Practice can become a little bit of a drag, and if you find that is the case, then don't be afraid to try out adding some new, cool games. The trick is keeping it interesting, so you aren't just aimlessly throwing at a board.
That's not good for anyone! There are plenty of games you can include in your regimes, and here a few suggestions to get you going.
Flim-Flam, I hear you say? Sounds more like a children's game than a darts practice game, no? Well, despite the strange name, it's actually a really good game to incorporate into your practice regime.
Like plenty of other good practice games out there, Flim-Flam is a great group practice game, as well as an invaluable bow to add to your own individual practice regime. Everyone (or just you) starts on 40 points, and the objective is to score as many points as possible. You start by throwing three darts at the bulls-eye, which consists of the first round. The next rounds consist of throwing three darts at the single 15, the single 16 and so on, until you get to the 20 zone. But, there is a catch.
Every third round, the player has to aim for the double zone of a particular number. And every sixth round, the target of choice is the treble zone. Clear? However many points you score get added to a running total.
Sounds easy, doesn't it? Well it would be, if there wasn't a catch. Every time you step up to the board and miss your intended target with all three darts.. Your total score gets cut in half! That means it's immensely possible to end up with a negative points score!
If you're practicing in a group, fifteen rounds is a good running total to play, with the highest score winning. If you're playing on your own, aim to see how many darts it takes you to get to 500 points. Keep track of course, and you should see your progress with clever tracking.
You may have noticed a pattern developing: most of these practice games are excellent to be played both on your own, or with a group of practice buddies. 21 is no different whatsoever!
Played in a similar vein to "around the world", or "cricket", you shoot for the single zones of the numbers ranging from 15 right through to 20, ending with the bulls-eye.
However, you only get three darts on every number, meaning you have 21 darts to play the game with. The objective is to try shoot as many of the required numbers as possible, so you can score a maximum of 21 points. Darts only count for the number you're shooting at, so you don't get any slop scores. Anything over 15 successful hits is considered to be expert throwing. Don't forget to keep track of your progress!
The final sentence there is quite important. Never forget to keep track of what you're doing on the practice board. The more you do that, the more efficiently you'll be able to keep track of your progress as a darts player!