Everybody needs to do a bit more than work, eat and sleepvand so we develop interests and hobbies to give ourselves some interest and something to look forward to. So what will it be? Fishing? Too slow. Amateur dramatics? Too scary. For me, it’s darts; it’s sociable and also involves drinking beer. Ideal.
I play in a darts every Monday and I can think of nothing better to do with a Monday evening. We play in the second division where the players don’t take it TOO seriously. There are 8 players in a team and we have, I suppose, 3 really good players who could play in the top league. The rest of us are just the foot soldiers. If we do well, that’s great; if not, well. There’s always next week.
In many sports, you can blame luck or circumstances for your defeat – the ball was over the line but the referee didn’t see it. The trouble with darts is that you can’t blame anything else for things not going your way. There is no wind, the sun won’t get in your eyes, the ground won’t be too muddy and it’s unlikely to rain. There’s no question about whether your dart is in or out as you can stand there and look at it. You can only blame yourself.
Another problem is that the professionals you can see on TV are so ridiculously good! If they miss the treble-20, it’s a game turning event! It’s easy to make the mistake of getting inspired by this and go to the next match full of visions of ruthless accuracy. This doesn’t usually survive the first 6 darts you throw. To be honest, I don’t usually watch the big TV tournaments. Perfection may be admirable but it’s boring.
The matches we play are very far from perfect and usually they are absolutely riveting- for us anyway. We play 15 separate games in match and It’s surprising how many of the matches are really close, we win or lose 8-7 very frequently. So it’s 7-7 and you step up to play the final game…
Darts can be an annoying game like any other game. Once you find a particular way to hit treble 20, you would think that you could repeat the action and produce the same result. Well, I can tell you that it just doesn’t work that way. My body seems to physically unable to repeat the same action it has just done. But still, there’s always next week.
Actually, I’ve just worked out what I’ve been doing wrong.. if I just…