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The dart game of 301 is a game of skill. You have to aim well and hit your targets quickly. It also helps to know all of the dart sequences for your out numbers like the back of your hand. Here are some tips that can help you improve your chances of winning.
Start fast. The way in and the way out of a 301 dart game both lead to the same place on the board – the double line. The first important tip in winning at 301 is getting in (also called doubling in) faster than your opponent. Find a number you like and have had success hitting in the past. Don’t worry about how many points you’ll get for that number. A double one is always better than three near misses at the double twenty! When you get in quickly you put the pressure on your opponent to follow your lead.
Minimize your chances of busting. Make sure to shoot for numbers that have the lowest probability of making you bust. For example, if you have 48 left, you should consider throwing at a single 8 to leave a 40. Many people would shoot for a single 16 and a double 16 to get out on 48. However, if you happen to hit a triple 16 you bust that round. By shooting for the single 8 and accidentally hitting a triple 8 will leave you still alive with a double 12 out.
Don't over-think it. The dart game of 301 can be highly stressful, if you let it get to you. Remember to be as calm as possible when you approach the line. Think about the last time you hit that double. Was it a game winner? How did it feel when you threw it? Use positive association to get yourself back to that place. Don’t over-think what you have to do, just concentrate on your double and let your winning darts fly.
Know your outs as you throw. This game can be over very quick. Great players will shoot for an out after throwing just three darts. It’s important to know how quickly you can get out. Memorize the out number sequences for 170 and under. Try not to “work it down”. This is just code for “I suck at math”. By subtracting on the fly and recalculating your out options you’ll throw with confidence.