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Darts Tactics - Putting Off Your Opponent

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Darts is a game that's enjoyed by players of all ages and from all different backgrounds. However in many ways it is still a game that is played predominantly in pubs, whether it's a league match or just a friendly game with your mates. As a result, you will often find that there are a lot of underhand tactics that players use to put off their opponents.

The first tactic that many people use in order to try and distract their opponent is to stand right behind them when they are throwing. This is something that a few professional players have done over the years and it's one of the most common forms of gamesmanship. It seems to work because there's nothing worse than having someone breathing down your neck when you're trying to throw your darts.

Another devious ploy is to play with your darts when your opponent is throwing. For example you will often see players tapping their darts together, playing with their flights or tapping their toes on the floor. All of these little things can be more than enough to distract your opponent and put them off their game.

It doesn't stop there either because some players will try and put off their opponent by changing the pace of the game. For example if their opponent is a really fast player, they will often slow down their own game quite considerably and take their time taking their darts out of the board to try and disrupt their rhythm. They may also 'accidentally' knock the flight out or drop one of the darts when taking their darts out.

Finally if you are playing darts in the pub there are two other forms of gamesmanship that people use. One is to either take your time working out the scores each time (if you are scoring yourself) and the other more extreme tactic is to spike your opponent's drink.

I personally don't use or approve of any of these tactics as I like to play fair and square (honest!), but these tactics are commonly used by a lot of players, particularly in the local darts leagues where competition is fierce. Ultimately it's down to you whether or not you decide to use any of them, but it's worth making a note of them because then you can spot when your opponent is trying to use these tactics on you.

James Woolley runs a website which discusses where you can buy darts on the internet and what you should look for when buying dartboard cabinets and other equipment online.

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