The set up of your darts is a matter of personal preference. Getting the correct shaft length, flight size and weight combination is sometimes hard to figure out, but is part of the fun of playing darts. Once you get it right — you’ll know — and your game should improve. If you live within driving distance of Darts & Things, come on down and try out a set of darts in the store, because it’s very hard to choose a set of darts without trying them for yourself.
The FLIGHT (or feather) is a vital ingredient to a set of darts… You can’t throw your dart without one! The speed at which a player throws his/her dart determines which shape and size of flight will work best. For example, a slower dart throw requires a large flight, while a fast throw (especially with lighter darts) requires less airfoil and thus, a slimmer flight is needed for stability.
In earlier days, flights were made from natural feathers. These offered strength and lightness, as well as little obstruction to other darts that could actually pass through the fronds of the feather flight without causing any deviation from its path. Today there are a multitude of flight shapes and designs available, allowing a player to experiment until he/she finds those that work best for his or her own playing style. The above picture shows some of the different shapes available for today’s darter!
Finding the right shaft is a matter of personal preference.
When the game of darts began the shaft was made out of wood. As machining techniques became more advanced, the use of plastic, nylon, and aluminum took over in popularity.
Shafts come in several lengths. The length used is one of a personal preference, but is influenced by the weight and style of the barrel. Generally the heavier the dart, the longer the shaft. If you find that there is a lot of wobble in your throw, you may want to experiment with different flight/shaft combinations. Usually, you will want to use the shortest shaft that you are comfortable with.
Two basic stances are recommended for throwing darts: (1) Face the dartboard with both feet together, toes just touching the throw line; or (2) stand at a right angle to the dartboard, with the right foot forward, just touching the throw line (left-handed players would put their left foot forward).The player should lean slightly forward into the throw, without moving or swaying, to stay well balanced.