John Part aka Darth Maple
PART'S DARTS ONE|
There are two general reasons why anyone would want to practice throwing darts.
The first reason is somewhat obvious. We all want to increase our ability for upcoming competitive situations and simply get better.
It is commonly held in
virtually every sport that competitors must practice or train to increase
performance levels. It is also believed that that the quantity and quality
of practice coincides directly with an increase in ability. It does.
There is a mysterious enchantment we feel as we attempt to propel our dart through the air towards a seemingly ever elusive target. Nothing matches the feeling of satisfaction from a successful strike.
The throwing of darts can approach a state of meditation. After all, we know that state of mind is a major factor in success at the dart board. The addiction of the game stems from the constant craving to come closer and closer to perfection.
There is also the thrill when your game comes together. Is there not pure joy when anyone hits their first 180? It is an ethereal elation to become World Champion.
Every dart player and
fan has an obsession with the 9-dart game. Why? It is the symbolic
attainment of being one with the game, if only for a fleeting moment.
I'm not referring to the lopsided match scores. It is the averages that amaze even the best of the rest of the pros. We've all had good matches, but Phil seems to have 100 or better 3-dart average every time he plays. No one else has equaled his standard. So how did he reach this level of play?
Practice. It is the only way. No other player had the capability to force him to play THAT well.
Phil is a pioneer of sorts. He knew he could play better and he worked through practice to push himself further. Why?
The answer is that he
is no different than any of us, pub players and pros alike. He loves the
game and he yearns to master the game and himself.
In 1987 I got a board and darts after watching the game on television a couple of times. During the first two years I played all I did was teach myself and practice.