What a great feeling it is to be in the zone when throwing darts. You just know that every throw is going to be spectacular. Unfortunately, being in the dart zone doesn’t happen all that often for most amateur dart players. Here are a few tips to help you get in the zone more often:
Positive visualization. Close your eyes and visualize the dart going exactly where you’re aiming. Remember the last time you threw a great round of darts. Close your eyes and picture your dart landing in the perfect spot. Channel the positive energy through your arm to your fingers and to the eventual release of the dart. Open your eyes, take a moment to concentrate on your physical target and throw your darts with confidence.
Stretch and warm up properly. We all forget to stretch, but it goes a long way to ensure a great round of darts. Get your physical body ready to throw by stretching your finger joints, forearms, biceps, triceps and back. If you are stiff at the start of a match there's a good chance you will start slow and it could affect your confidence at the dart line.
Have a calm state of mind. Concentrate on slowing down your heart rate. Before a match, minimize any activity that makes you anxious. Get to the match early and try to relax. Take a walk around the block. Concentrate on slowing down your breathing throughout the night. There have been many studies that link a breakdown in motor reflexes with nervous, quick breathing.
Don't over-think it. Have confidence in your game and throw your darts. The zone will come, but you can’t force it. So get over the thought that you have to be perfect every time you throw. Play as if each dart is a new dart and keep a positive attitude. Just believe in your game and let ‘em rip.