How to Play Darts With 3 Simple Steps

For everyone, it is easy to know how to play darts but hard to master. Therefore, if you want to play darts well, you will have to learn the right rules and practice a lot.

All you need to know about darts is in this article. We will give you plenty of useful and detailed information about this game.

Origins of the Darts Game

Nowadays, the darts game is very popular with everyone, especially the young. However, do you know clearly about the origins of that game?

The darts game is supposed to have appeared about 700 years ago.

According to Patrick Chaplin, who learned about the history of darts, the game derives from England in the 1300s.

There is a tale about the history of darts. In the medieval age, some bored soldiers competed against each other by throwing spearheads or other sharp things at the casks.

They considered it as a game to play in their free time. After that, the leaders encouraged all the soldiers to participate in practice throwing skills and improving the strength of their arms. Later, they replace casks with trunks as targets.

Gradually, the soldiers want to demonstrate their skills, so they put circular panels on the tree trunks that are similar to the modern darts boards.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the game varied in different types all over England. Then, American soldiers played darts in Europe and took the darts home. At the end of World War I, the game started to become popular in America.

More and more people know and play darts. Despite having difficulties during the process of league recognition, the Professional Darts Corporation succeeded in taking the darts game to a new level.

At present, the game has many different types and professional tournaments. In the 1970s, it became an official sport.

Know the Basics

Before learning about the way to play darts, you should know some basic rules of the game, for example, dartboards setup and scoring method.

This image shows how to set up a dartboard.

Oche, also called throw line, is the position where the player stands to throw darts.  Bulls eye is the central point of the dartboard. The picture shows the distances in a dartboard setup: 5 feet 8 inches high, 7 feet 9.25 inches long, and 9 feet, 7.5 inches in diagonal.

There are many variations in scoring methods. However, in this article, we will only mention 501 rule – the most classic and popular rule.

Some basic rules:

  • In the beginning, each player has a starting point of 501 points. They have to throw darts so that they can bring the score to 0 with the least number of throwings.
  • 1 turn includes 3 times of throwings.
  • Finishing turn of the game must be the third throwing (the final one) on the double ring.

The coring method for each throwing:

  • Bull’s eye: 50 points.
  • Bull’s margin: 25 points.
  • Double ring: Double the number of points (twice the number on the arc).
  • Triple ring: Triple the number of points (3 times the number on the arc).
  • The outer part of the triple ring: 0 points.

Checkout rules to end the game:

  • Must be the last throwing dart.
  • Must throw into the double ring (the number of points left after the 2nd throwing must be an even number).

If you are not a professional player, you can reduce the starting point to 201 points. Or in the simplest way, turn the back of the dartboard and play. The scoring method is simpler than the 501 rule.


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For beginners, you need to learn and practice the most basic movements, such as grip, stance, and throw.


How to hold darts with 2 fingers

How to hold darts with 3 fingers

To throw darts accurately, you need to learn how to have the right hold.

You can try the “pencil grip.” In this way, you will use your thumb, index finger, and middle finger to hold the dart, which is also the way we hold a pencil.

Some people, however, prefer holding darts with their 2 fingers: thumb and index finger. It is a personal preference.

Don’t hold the darts too tightly. It is something balanced between control and comfort.

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