The bounce out is the most frustrating of all dart problems. You approach the line properly; flawlessly deliver the throw and your dart ends up on the floor. There is no sure-fire answer to stopping the dart bounce out. You are at the mercy of the dart gods. However, there are few things you can do to minimize your chances of suffering through a bounce out.
Consider your dart weight. If you are using a light dart (18 to 21 grams) and you are experiencing a lot of bounce outs you might consider using a heavier dart. Do not change your dart weight too frequently, however. Changing your dart weight can take some getting used to, so consider this option carefully. It is a common fact that the lighter the dart the greater the chance it will bounce out.
Fixed vs. moveable dart points. Movable points have a spring that allows the dart tip to retract when it hits a hard service and continue its forward motion. The upside is you have a chance of minimizing bounce outs. The downside is that the tips can get loose and rattle in the middle of your throw. Another downside is that moveable point darts can be expensive.
Shoot wisely. You can take matters into you own hands and minimize your chances of bouncing off another dart by avoiding the other darts you have thrown. This may seem obvious, but sometimes we all fall victim to trying to force a dart into a spot that just won't fit. This attitude is the breeding ground for dart bounce outs. Take a moment to strategize and consider your alternate numbers. Always try to avoid a tight fit if you can.
Don't let your bounce outs phase you. The best way to deal with bounce outs is to forget about them. They happen to even the best dart throwers. Just remember one thing: Don’t let the dart that came bouncing back at you get you off your game. Stay focused on your number and forget about that bounce out. You have a new dart in your hand, make it count!