Practice Routine for Hitting Doubles
by Frederick Everson
Hitting triples may be the fastest way to move toward the end of a game in Cricket and ’01, and to win consistently you have to be able to hit them. But if you are playing ’01 half the time, doubles are just as important a target. If you have trouble getting on or getting out in ’01, you can still get beat no matter how well you score between the first and last double.
For many dart players the double becomes a psychological glitch, especially when the opposition doubles on first. 301 can be a very short game – it only takes six darts to end it in a perfect world – so getting in with the first throw is very important. And while knowing every out from 170 on down is crucial, it won’t mean much if you can’t hit the final double. The double is also a handy shot in Cricket when you need two hits on a number with your last dart to close.
My practice routine for doubles is in two phases. In the first phase I simply hit every double on the board, starting with number 1 and ending with 20. I shoot at each double until I hit it, and then move to the next number. The first time around, I practice my opening dart, and pay no mind to where my other darts hit, so long as I eventually hit the double I am throwing at. After completing this round, I go into the second phase where I kick it up a notch and play every double as if it were an out.
This means that I must hit the double in a throw without breaking it before moving on. For example, if I am shooting at double 1, and I hit a single with my first dart, I have busted and can’t close it with that throw, even if I score double 1’s with the next two darts. The idea is to replicate a game shot. Instead of trying to score the double with my first dart, I may try to place a dart outside the scoring area to serve as a marker for the next dart. Mind you, this is only in practice. The idea is to throw for the inside edge of the outermost wire.
This is an effective practice routine that enhances accuracy all around the board.
You still need to hit triples, and you still need to know your outs, but getting on with your first dart, and making the big three dart closes will put a lot of wins in your column, but you have to hit your doubles to make it happen.