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Erik writes "For the longest time I wanted to
compete in BIG tournaments. The Lucky Lites Strike tournaments of
the '80's were driving me to throw more and more and pushing me to
improve my game constantly. Then I moved back to Canada and there I
found a different driving force: Team BC. I worked at my game and
tried to push myself to get better all the time.
A return to the US and several years of
off-again on-again darts found me driving for competition again and a
return to tournaments (The Oregon Open in 2003 or 2004) really wet my
appetite for competitive darts. I believe my match with Wade Wilcox
(you'd probably read about it here years ago) was the catalyst. I
knew I could beat him, I just didn't and THAT is what drives me as a
competitive player: the chance to win, to beat someone I see as a
Dr. Patrick Chaplin has published a new book that with a
wealth of information will appeal to all people interested in darts. Of
course one of the focal points lies in darts history and Chaplin is able due to
his research to expose some of the most popular myths of the sport as
myths and tells us the not less thrilling truth instead. In this
context he reports how such myths can develop – some years ago he was the
unintentional source of a myth himself when one of his famous Fool’s Day
Columns was so convincing people took it at face value.
Beside you can between others find chapters about the
Embassy World Championship, the Winmau World Masters and women darts. But
interesting things like the walk-on-girls, music and darts and the origin
of some of the nicknames are included as well.
All that is written fluently and gives as an
understanding of the sport in a colorful, informative and entertaining
way. As the recently deceased commentator Sid Waddell aptly writes in his
preface the book is a kaleidoscope of darts.
Dr. Patrick Chaplin once again brought a book to be
recommended on the market and I’ve only one point of criticism – it is much too
short. It would have liked to read much more of it!
What is involved in the
mental aspect of darts? Way too many things to talk about here but I
can talk about one thing which falls into my description of the Mental part of
darts. First I need to define my view of Mental as part of the dart game. I
use Mental as one of three types of practice.
There is Solitary
physical practice (develop/maintain a stroke); Mental practice (committing to
memory the rules, strategies and out shot combinations involved in the game),
and then there is Emotional practice
Toronto Darts: SEWA forum member David Sproull at QSDL singles tournament
davidsproull writes "A disappointed but not embarrassed David Sproull was taken out of contention for the annual QSDL singles tournament.
The 'Abominable Throw Man' disappointingly only took a single leg, managing to keep pace despite playing against a higher tier of player,and was in a position to win all but one leg but was unable to close out the doubles.
David was the only 'C' league player participating.