Your grip is the most important aspect of the dart throw. Therefore, it’s important to use a grip which feels most comfortable for you.
With a view to guide you about the correct dart grips, here are some of the essential aspects that you should know.
Things to Consider when Holding a Dart
To start with, there is no right or wrong when it comes to taking your grip. You’ll typically find that each player holds the dart in a slightly different way. However, your grip of the dart largely depends on these two things:
- Barrel of your dart
- The finger positioning
Mentioned below are some of the things that you should always keep in mind while gripping your dart.
- Firm yet relaxed grip
Your grip should be tight and firm. However, avoid gripping the dart too hard, as you’ll find it more difficult to throw consistently.
In order to assume the perfect grip loosely hold your dart, enough so that it doesn’t slip. However, make sure to hold it firm to keep it under control when throwing. Generally, people hold the dart too tightly, which is the common mistake made by beginners.
- Number of fingers used
This is the most frequently asked question and the answer is quite simple, use at least 3 fingers. This is so, as three fingers and thumb should always touch the dart. Moreover, try to touch the point or barrel, avoid touching the flight or shaft.
More fingers mean more control while accelerating the dart. On the contrary, you may also feel awkward and uncomfortable, as you have to coordinate more fingers. As a matter of fact, finger coordination is the most essential aspect of a grip.
Therefore, it is imperative for you to ensure that no finger creates a hurdle while releasing a dart.
- Style of the Barrel
When choosing the shape or length for the dart barrel, it’s important to consider the type of grip that you use or plan to use, before purchasing your darts. Obviously, longer barrels allow more fingers to hold onto the dart. On the contrary, a short barrel means fewer fingers can grip the dart.
Hence, before finding your perfect grip, you firstly need to consider the right kind of barrel.
Basics of the Dart Grip
The basic technique to grip a dart is to keep it pointed up when you are making a throw. Therefore, keep the tip or point always up. Moreover, you should avoid using such a grip, which causes the dart to face downwards.
This is so, as you would find it difficult to throw your dart with pinpoint accuracy. Furthermore, you have to consider the following aspects.
Dart’s Center of Gravity:
In order to find the center of gravity of your dart, you need to put the dart in your open palm. Now find the center of gravity by balancing the dart on the palm. After that, use your thumb to bring the dart to your fingertips. Make sure to keep your hand slightly behind the center of gravity. Usually, you can use the basic grip with different variations to create a variety of grips.
Free Fingers should Remain Open:
Don’t try to close the free fingers into your palm. On the contrary, make sure to keep them in an open position. If you close these free fingers, it may result in muscle strain. This can cause a strained throw instead of a comfortable and fluid one.
Types of Dart Grips
Given below are some of the advanced dart grips. You can choose one that suits your preferences and style.
One Finger and Thumb
Think of this grip style in the same way you’d use to grip a pen. It minimizes the number of touch-points and thus offers maximum control over the dart, which proves the finger and thumb grip to be quite effective.
Two Fingers and Thumb
The two fingers and thumb grip is one of the most common grips you’re likely to find among players, on both the Pro and Amateur circuit. A tip to remember when using this grip, is to try to move your thumb behind the center of gravity of the dart.
Three Fingers and Thumb
It’s this basic grip which provides a lot of control and balance while throwing the dart. This grip offers a lot of advantages when it comes to improving accuracy.
Four Fingers and Thumb
This grip style is achieved by placing four fingers on the top of the barrel. We find that this grip can seem a little awkward at first, especially if you’re more accustomed to the three or four finger grips. Nevertheless, it’s whatever makes you feel comfortable and delivers the best results, which should determine what grip you should choose.
How do Professionals Grip Their Darts?
Below, Paul Nicholson reviews the dart grips used by the worlds top professionals, including: Michael Van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson.
Which Grip Should you Choose?
Since there is a variety of dart grips for you to choose from, making the right choice for you is the key to improving your game. That’s why you should take some time while experimenting with different types of dart grips to find the one that suits you best.
On the contrary, once you’ve found a grip that’s comfortable and works for you; it’s best to stick to this. We’d recommend choosing a couple of grips to begin with and practising each of them for at least two weeks.