During a game of darts, you’ll likely hear many unusual words and phrases, two of the most common being sets and legs. So you may be wondering, what are legs and sets in darts?
Scoring a game of darts is similar to Tennis. Where sets and legs are also terms used when keeping score in a game of darts, it is important to know what each term means and how they differ during different darts games.
In this article, we’ll help you understand the difference between sets and legs in a game of darts.
What Are Sets and Legs In Darts?
Sets and legs are the scoring systems used in darts. Winning multiple legs equals one set.
For example, in a game of 501, checking out and reaching zero first will win you the leg. The first player to win three legs in a best of five legs game would win you the set.
What are Legs In Darts?
Legs in darts are a scoring method that becomes a set. For example, in a game of 501, after a player reaches zero, they’d win the leg.
There are usually five legs in a set (first to three), but this can depend on the game.
Players alternate who throws first in each leg, as throwing first is considered an advantage.
How Many Legs In a Set of Darts?
Legs are played to a best of 5 to win the set. However, this can depend on the type of tournament.
For instance, the PDC, BDO, and World Grand Prix darts tournaments play to the “best of 5 legs” per set (first to three). Whereas the World Masters plays to a best of 3 legs per set (first to two).
What are Sets In Darts?
Sets are made up of multiple legs in darts. Most commonly, players will play to a best of 5 (first to three) legs to win a set.
How Many Sets In Darts?
Darts games are often played to the best of 11 sets.
However, newer darts tournaments are removing sets from their scoring system and are using a straight best of 15 legs instead. Two tournaments follow this format: the UK Open and Grand Slam of Darts.
How Many Sets and Legs In a Darts Final?
In PDC Darts Championship Finals, it depends on the game mode, either being “Matchplay” or “Sets.” In Matchplay, it’s “best of x legs,” e.g., “Best of 21 legs,” with the first to win 11 legs being the winner.
During set play, the number of sets and legs are agreed upon before the game starts, e.g., “best of 5 sets” and “best of 5 legs” in both cases, the first to three is the winner.
In the PDC Darts Championship Final, the match is played over a “best of 15 legs” scoring system.
Do You Have to Win by 2 Legs In Darts?
No, legs are scored in a best of 5 format (first to win three legs). In the event of a tie-breaker in a final (6-6 sets), best of 13 sets. A player must win the game by two legs to win the match in the last set.
In this article, we’ve covered what sets and legs are in darts and how they differ depending on the tournament. The PDC doesn’t use sets in their tournaments and instead uses a match play format. So, next time you’re playing in a tournament, be sure to ask if it’s match play or sets.