Checkout charts are a useful tool used in x01 dart games such as 301, 501, 701 etc. As they tell you which number combinations to hit on the dartboard in order to double out. Starting from 170 down to 2.
But why 170? 170 is actually the highest number in which you can ‘double out’ on from 3 darts.
If you’re thinking about taking darts seriously, you’ll need to take the time to learn how to use checkout charts to your advantage, as the majority of ’01 dart games are played at tournaments. Most players in such tournaments use checkout charts, so not knowing how to use one is certainly a disadvantage.
If you’re a complete beginner, It’s strongly advised that you focus on achieving consistency first before trying to learn out charts. After improving your technique to throw more consistently, then you can begin to learn the different combinations of checkout charts.
Keeping Track of Your Score
All professional darts players have two skills in common. The first is being able to keep constant track of their score, and the second is being able to hit the required outs consistently.
For you to make use of a checkout chart, your ability to keep track of your score in your head is also important. Again, if you’re a complete beginner we’d suggest studying the following scoring zone guide.
You heard me correctly. It’s not all about being able to hit your targets. You must be able to keep track of the score and efficiently perform calculations in your head. Without this ability, you won’t be able to figure out which numbers you need to hit, which in turn will lead to your loss.
So how can you go about honing your ability to keep track of the score and make calculations in your head? Well, the very first step is to learn how to convert the singular numbers displayed on the dartboard to their multiplied counterparts. For instance, 13 multiplied by 3 equates to 39.
How can you perform calculations quickly? Firstly, take the number 13 then break it into 10 and 3. Thereafter, you want to multiply each of these two numbers by 3 and add both results. So 10 multiplied by 30 equals 30 and 3 multiplied by 3 equals 9. Their summation equates to 39.
If you’re someone who hated maths class, you’ll find this method of breaking down the numbers very easy to utilize. There are various diagrams available on the internet that you can memorize in order to make the process of counting your score easier. Here’s one that you’ll find reliable.
As we’ve already mentioned, shooting darts isn’t all about being able to hit your targets. It’s vital that you hone your counting skills in order to figure out your way around dart out charts. If you’re not able to calculate your score in your head, you’ll have a hard time finishing the game.
Learning the Dart Out Charts
Assuming that you’ve mastered the ability to multiply the values on the dartboard on the fly and that you’re able to keep track of your score in your head, it’s time for you to learn out shots. But before we get into the nitty-gritty, we advise that you make sure your board is set up properly.
In order to make things easier for you, we’ve broken down the dart finish tables into sections. It can be seemingly impossible to achieve maximum consistency if you’re just starting out, but we recommend you tackle each of the following sections at a time for ideal results. Let’s get into it.
40 to 2Out Chart
The very first dart checkout table contains outs from 40 all the way down to 2. And if we were to speak with dart terminology, we’d say Madhouse to Tops. These outs aren’t very challenging. In fact, we recommend honing your consistency in hitting targets using these fairly simple outs.
At each score, there are out shots that are easier than others, but you must always bear in mind that you always have options. For example, if you take a look at the table, you’ll see that the out that’s listed for 14 is D7, but what if you’re much more comfortable hitting the D4 or D2?
What you can do, in that case, is aim for either the S6 or S10, as that will grant you the freedom to hit the out you prefer. The core of shooting good darts is to know what you’re proficient at and what works for you. You don’t have to abide by someone’s preference. Figure yours out!
Here’s another good example that can help you realize things clearly: let’s assume you have 17 remaining. The obvious outs to hit are S1 and D8, right? But did you also notice that you can hit S13 and then finish off with D2? It’s all about weighing your options, so don’t limit yourself.
You also want to take into consideration the possibility of missing, since we’re not all Deadshots and Hawkeyes. What if you miss the S13 in the previous example? You still have the advantage to hit a single on each side, be it from the S4 or S6. Thereafter, just set up for a double finish.
60 to 41Out Chart
After spending hours upon hours practicing the 40 to 2 outs, it’s time to move on to the 60 to 41 shots. In order to master these shots, you need to have a solid understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, which outs offer you the advantage, and which outs you should avoid.
In the previous section of the dart out chart, the Madhouse to Tops shots, you just had one task, which is to hit single dart finishes. For the 60 to 41 shots, also known as the Sweet 16, all of the shots require a double dart finish, which introduces a fairly higher level of difficulty to the game.
For example, the 60 out requires you to hit an S20 and D20 finish, which isn’t pretty easy for the novice player, and this is the reason why we recommended moving on to this part of the dart out table only after honing your consistency which the aid of the Madhouse to Tops out shots.
Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the D20 out is also the out for 40. Put differently, the 60 to 41 outs are pretty much the building blocks for Madhouse to Tops outs. Your main objective is to bring your score to 40 and 2 outs, which by now should be a very familiar area for you.
Just as with the Madhouse to Tops outs, there are various options that you can resort to when in the Sweet 16 area, and you don’t have to abide by the shots provided in the checkout chart. You have many other options on 42, 44, 46, 48, 51, and 52, so weigh your options carefully.
Let’s formulate another example, shall we? Let’s assume you’ve got 42 remaining. The obvious outs to hit will be S10 and D16, correct? But upon closer inspection, you’ll see that you can aim for the S6 and you’ll still have a D18 out to hit. Not seeing the bigger picture? Let’s try again.
Let’s assume you’ve got 44 remaining. If you look at the dart out chart, you’ll see that the most ideal outs to aim for are S12 and D16. However, you can resort to a different strategy. You can aim for the T12 out and then finish off with the D4. There are plenty of options, as you can see.
Okay, let’s do this one more time. Let’s assume you’ve got 46 remaining. Looking at the tables, you’ll see that the most ideal out to aim for are S6 or S10, but can you see that if you hit the S6, you’ll be able to finish with D20, and if you hit the S10, you’ll be able to finish with the D18?
As you can see, playing a good game of darts revolves mainly around personal preference and weighing your options. Some obvious and advantageous shots might not be your strong points, and in that case, you should weigh all of your options and stick to what works for you.
110 to 61Out Chart
Now that you’ve mastered the Sweet 16, you can consider yourself a formidable player when it comes to dart finish tables. The next step is to master the 110 to 61 outs, which are also known as the quick finishes. With these outs, you can finish a 101 game in a single turn.
Just as the Sweet 16 outs are building blocks for the Madhouse to Tops outs, the 110 to 61 outs are building blocks for both the Sweet 16 outs and the Madhouse to Tops outs. Put differently, it can be a reliable strategy to use the 110 to 61 outs to set up for the outs you’re familiar with.
For example, you can use the outs for 99, which are T19 and S10, to set up for the D16. To add, you can use the outs for 106, which are T20 and S6, to set up for the D20. If you use the outs to your strength and weigh your options, you’ll be able to set yourself up for the outs you can hit.
The awesome thing about the 110 to 61 outs is that they have multiple finishes for each number, giving you a lot of wiggle room to set up the game the way you prefer. For example, for the 64, it can start with the T16 or T8. For the T16, you’re left with D8. For the T8, you’re left with D20.
Of course, you want to set it all up for the outs that you’re most familiar with, but while practicing the 110 to 61, try challenging yourself so that you have options. The 110 to 61 outs might not be as hard as the Sweet 16 outs, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t give them the time of day.
170 to 111 Out Chart
Ladies and gents, we’ve reached the final stage of mastering the dart out tables. The 170 to 111 shots are some of the toughest shots to hit consistently, so it’s safe to say that if you manage to subjugate them, you’ll be ready to compete at the highest level of x01 game tournaments.
It’s crucial to remember that you can’t just jump from one set of outs to the next without ensuring complete mastery. If you jump from Madhouse shots to 110 to 61 outs without working on the 60 to 41 outs, you’re setting yourself up for failure. It takes time and patience, so don’t rush things!
The 170 to 111 outs, also referred to as Show-Outs, aren’t a piece of cake, which means that it’s beneficial to get a Show-Out just to set yourself up for double outs that you’re familiar with. Also, keep in mind that there are multiple options for some Show-Outs, so weigh your options first.
Time for some hypotheticals! Let’s assume you’re left with 137. You have the option to aim for a T17, T18, or D16. Alternatively, you can throw an S17 and then follow it up with a T20. This can easily set you up for a 30 out. As you can see, you’re not stuck with a single option at all.
Let’s try another example. You’re left with a 148 out and according to the dart out chart, you can go for T20, T16, and D20, or you can go with two T18s and a D20. After mastering this region of the dart out charts, you can consider yourself an adept player of darts. It’s time to compete!
Avoid No-Outs at All Costs
As you’re reading this post and scoping at your dart out charts, you may have noticed that there are a few numbers that you can’t finish using three darts. These numbers include 169, 168 , 166, 163, 165, 162, and 159. These are no-out numbers that should always be avoided.
Let’s assume you’re playing a game of 501. You have the number 170 at the bottom half of your score, the number 401 at the upper half of your score, and the number 230 will be in the middle. According to experts, 230 or any sooner number is where you should try to finish from.
Why do experts recommend this, exactly? It’s because of No-Outs. This might not be that big of a deal for you if you’re shooting darts casually, but when competing at a professional level, there really isn’t any room for error, and a No-Out would be a major disadvantage for you.
Let’s try another hypothetical. Let’s assume you’re at 199 and you’re not mindful of No-Outs, so you hit a double 20, leaving you at 159, which is a No-Out. Not a good position to be in. It’s vital that you always keep No-Outs in mind to avoid making mistakes during the middle game.
Another example, you say? Let’s assume you’re at 229 and you aim for a T20, not really paying attention to No-Outs. Ouch! You landed at 169, which is a No-Out. Not a really big deal if you’re having a friendly competition, but at higher levels, landing on such No-Outs is a game killer.
How to Track Your Progress
Now that you have a solid foundation of the checkout tables, how can you keep tabs on your progress?
Well, there’s an easy way to track your progress. All you really have to do is calculate your averages, you can do this by dividing your score at the end of the match by the number of thrown darts.
The result of this formula will indicate how good of a player you are. Generally speaking, higher scores per leg show a higher level of skill and consistency. For example, the average for the 301 with 9 darts in 1 leg is going to be 301 divided by 9. This equates to 33.4, which is a great average.
You can use this formula to calculate averages over multiple legs. Let’s say you have a 20 dart 501 finish, a 23 dart 501 finish, and an 18 dart 501 finish. Using the formula to get the average over the 3 legs will equate to 74.66, which is approximated to 75.
Mastering the dart out charts isn’t an easy task, it takes a lot of time and practice.
Nevertheless, before you begin memorizing these charts, you want to first make sure that your consistency is on point.
As if you’re having a hard time hitting your targets, learning the dart out charts won’t be of much benefit!