I think I use the following two terms a lot when talking
I don't hear anyone else speak them, perhaps they are bolo-ese.
The thing I see is that they are things to avoid
in darts at all cost.
They usually are things you can
fix by thinking, but they are
also things that happen as a result of throws
that you have to live with.
The thing is ... the are usually things you can avoid.
The are also things that give you a chance to get
back in the game when an opponent does them!
You can checkout my page on mistakes
to look for some particular strategy mistakes.
These more refer to generic problems, and serve to illustrate
What is a Wasted Dart?
- A dart thrown on someone else's score ... oops.
- A dart thrown off the board (or misses the board) -- no score.
- A dart thrown by purpose at the wrong
A closed-by opponent cricket number is a great example
of a wasted throw that could be avoided -- check the scoreboard!
- Throwing a dart that helps you .. but helps your opponent more.
- A dart just randomly tossed at the board to just
not bust in '01 -- there's
always something better to try shooting for!
- A dart thrown at a bull when you need to
guarantee points in '01;
Go for the left side of the board to guarantee points!
- Going for a triple and missing when all you needed was to close
a number -- Go for the outer single -- much larger target
area to close something.
- Throwing before thinking -- throwing your first dart at a
target for a different game than you are
- Not taking the time for that game winning dart ...
or taking too much time for the same.
Both are a result of impatience;
one is to take the time to do it well;
the other is to say this is taking too long,
and then to back off and take the time to
do it like you normally do it.
Another way of looking at it is that your
throwing has a rhythm; when you change up
your rhythm things won't work like the usually do.
- Worrying about getting out of a tough situation
with the next dart -- relax and throw like normal.
If you get tensed up, it can mess you up.
Once you get used to tough situations,
they won't be so tough!
The easiest way of looking at this is a
wasted round is a round full of wasted darts.
A wasted round is usually a result of not recognizing what's
going on, or trying harder with worse
- The thrower made a mistake and then compounded
it by not changing up what they
Unless the thing you are going for is the only
thing you need -- you need to re-evaluate if it went that bad!
The funny thing is that IMO the better players
often end up with wasted rounds ... because they are trying
too hard, instead of going to a fall-back strategy for the
remainder of the round.
A wasted round is often a result of
putting too much pressure on yourself:
- Not relaxing to enjoy the throw and trying too hard -- which makes
your body act all funny and it throws bad.
- Letting your mind or ego get in the way of good strategy.
- Trying to get out from too high a count for your skill in '01.
- Trying to get out cricket by closing with 3 perfect darts
instead of playing safe and pointing up.
- Throwing for trips or doubles or bulls when you are all over the place
and missing stuff badly because you aren't shooting well
Admittedly, though aiming at the bull and missing on the
board is the way to go -- you have a chance of hitting a
cricket number or triple .. and at least your darts
might stay on the board!
- Over-correcting aim again and again.
- Choosing the wrong order to throw at targets; get the important
stuff first, then go for the bonuses.
If you miss the important stuff, you have more darts to hit
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Sat Jan 11 13:24:52 CST 2014
Bolo (Josef Burger)