We all fall into a rut from time to time. But how do you know if it’s just one bad night of throwing or if it’s the beginnings of a full-fledged slump? Here are few things to keep in mind:
Never back down. Regardless of how you’re throwing, never approach the line with defeat on your mind. If you are already thinking negative thoughts chances are you will fulfill those thoughts. Always remember every dart is a new dart. Your three darts are completely independent of each other so keep pushing yourself with every throw.
Don't over-think it. Always remember that it’s a bigger deal to you than it is to everyone else. So don’t over think it. The moment you start foreseeing your darts missing the target is the moment of no return. Dig deep and find your confidence. Grip it and rip it. You’ll be back in top shape before you know it.
Don't change your throwing style. We’ve all been there before. You aren’t throwing like you expect. So, in a fit of desperation you begin to alter your stance, your grip or your throw. This is the worst time to make changes. Typically a slump isn’t due to the mechanics of your throw. More often than not it’s due to psychological reasons. Keep your style the same and change your outlook. This would be a great time to use positive visualization techniques, such as remembering your best 501 finish. Remember how you felt when you threw that last dart and it landed right on target! Change the way you're looking at your darts and you will notice a difference.
Calm your nerves. The calmer you are the better you will throw. Concentrate on controlling your breathing and think about something pleasant, like your last vacation. The goal is to slow down your heart rate and kill any nervous jitters you may have. Take your frustration out on the dart board. It’s much easier said than done, but try to avoid getting mad or emotional. Focus your frustration at the dart board, but don't throw your darts as hard as you can. Instead, take out your frustrations on the board by concentrating on what you're aiming at and you will forget about your slump in no time.