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goreds2
04-14-2008, 05:47 PM
I bought a Viper DEAD ON GLD bristle dart board at Meijer this morning. I bought a cheap pair of darts for $4.99 to go with it. I am just going to play darts casually when friends come over. Is there a middle of the line quality/price darts anyone can suggest?

Thanks,

EDIT: Also, should I get soft or steel tips?

SeeinRed
04-14-2008, 07:06 PM
I bought a bristle board not too long ago also. In the short time I've had it, I've found soft tips have a tendency to bounce out. I bought a set of darts from Meijer for 15 bucks that have plastic and steel shafts, nickel barrels, both soft and steel tips, and two different sets of flights. For casual play, a pretty good set if they fit your throwing style. You should try different flights to see what fits you best. You can get a pack of different flights pretty cheap. They make a huge difference. From what I understand, most serious dart throwers like Tungsten barrels. I'm not a serious player, so the 15 dollar set has me happy. I will suggest spending at least the 15 on a set. I've had cheaper ones and they are a constant battle to keep the parts together.

bucksfan
04-14-2008, 10:16 PM
Steel tip is the only way to go IMO.

I am a bit removed from my league days (lessee, daughter is 6, so yeah, about 6 years ;) ), but I used to play in 1st a soft tip and then for many years a steel tip league. I am not current enough to give you brand recommendations anymore (Black Widows were "the thing" back in the day), but I'd imagine you can find something for casual use that is comfortable for you in the 20 range.

Remember you can get different flights as mentioned above and different shafts that IMO drastically cahnge the dart also. You can get some spinner shafts that actually rotate (not automatically, just by force of air or another dart impact).

Get the little rubber washers (or o-rings) both for the shafts (and for the tipos if you get a set that has the convertible tips) that keep them from coming loose every other throw. That will prevent endless aggravation.

Have fun!

goreds2
04-14-2008, 11:56 PM
Thanks for your comments and keep them coming. :thumbup:

I have another question (SORRY - :) )

What should I get for protection around the bare wall area where the dart board exists? I can get a specialty covering from the web for about $26.

http://www.dartboards.com/backboards/foam/foldingwallprotector.cfm

Could I just buy some cork board from Home Depot etc?

Thanks again,

goreds2
04-15-2008, 01:21 AM
I just bought these off EBAY (LOL). $2 for item / $2 to ship

Even if they don't work well, the items will be cool to display in the rec room. See PIC....

macro
04-15-2008, 01:23 AM
I have been playing 1-3 nights a week for seven years, so I guess you could say I'm pretty serious about it. We've been using soft tip darts and electronic boards the entire time.

We started with Halex boards the first few years but wore each one out in about a year. We've since switched to Arachnid boards and the difference is night and day. We currently have two Arachnid boards (a 13" and a 15") and switch between the two every few weeks, just to keep us sharp. We've had each for two years and both are still just like new!

You definitely want to go with tungsten darts, because you'll have thinner darts with more weight. The thinner the darts, the better your chances of wedging them into the slot you need when theres already two darts in that slot. The heavier darts (approx 17-18 grams) will do wonders for your game over the cheaper, lighter ones. A set will run you about $40 though.

Also, as has been suggested, order your some plastic spinning shafts online. (The metal ones tend to bend.) They'll save your flights!! Also, buy your flights online from ebay. You can get them for about $1.00 per set, while retail stores will charge $2.00 or more.

If you have never played scoring cricket, it's a game you must learn. We have a saying: "Every game is different", and it's so true. It gets the adrenaline flowing every time. The other game we play is ten-round high score. I have been keeping an Excel spreadsheet for seven years with all kinds of records and it makes it so much more interesting.

goreds2
04-15-2008, 03:44 AM
Also, as has been suggested, order your some plastic spinning shafts online. (The metal ones tend to bend.) They'll save your flights!! Also, buy your flights online from ebay. You can get them for about $1.00 per set, while retail stores will charge $2.00 or more.



Thanks for your suggestions. Ebay had short and medium shafts listed. Which size should I get or is there much of a difference?

bucksfan
04-15-2008, 09:40 AM
Cricket (scoring variety) is my favorite game as well, macro.

Whatever you choose, I think you'll have fun for sure. My earliest league experiences were in soft tip and we certainly did have fun, but then there was something that was more alluring to me about the original steel tip game. If you already have a bristle board I'd think that steel tips would work best. However if you start to like it a lot, you could get an electronic board too!

The convertible sets (replaceable tips where you can switch out between steel tips and soft tips) may be a neat way to go. I cannot recall the brand now, but I have one of those too for that transition time when I was playing alot of both styles. There are also hammerhead style darts with tips that slightly give when they make contact that help to reduce bounce-outs from hitting wires, etc... I am sure there's lotsa new stuff now from the last time I looked seriously that macro I am sure is more knowledgeable about.

Shaft length I think will be based on your particular throwing motion. I'd start with the mediums personally and see where you go from there. Or get a couple sets and see which on works since they are not that expensive.

I have a fairly nice backer board with slide out "drawers" on each side that contain dart storage and chalkboards. It really depends on how nice you want it to look, etc. I'd use some kind of backerboard even if you go with soft tips.

Also get some flight protectors. Those are inexpensive tiny little metal slotted "caps" that fit over the ends of the flights keeping them spread out better and reduces the chance somewhat of an incoming dart splitting them.

My buddy and I try to play whenever we get together. However that is rare nowadays but this discussion (if you cannot tell ;)) is rekindling my interest! I was never as good as he was, but had my highlights (which I am now fondly recalling thanks to this thread!) and certainly my share of enjoyment from the sport.

macro
04-15-2008, 09:42 AM
Thanks for your suggestions. Ebay had short and medium shafts listed. Which size should I get or is there much of a difference?

I've never used anything but the longer ones, but I would guess that it's just a matter of personal preference. I also should add that the actual spinning part of the shaft (where the flight is inserted) will be aluminum.

OldRightHander
04-15-2008, 03:48 PM
I don't play as much since I'm on the road a lot, but I have a set of those hammerheads and they're pretty good. They don't bounce out much. Also, for protecting the wall, you can get some cork board pretty cheap at Home Depot.

goreds2
04-15-2008, 04:40 PM
I don't play as much since I'm on the road a lot, but I have a set of those hammerheads and they're pretty good. They don't bounce out much. Also, for protecting the wall, you can get some cork board pretty cheap at Home Depot.

Thanks again everyone. Unless they did not feel like looking, Home Depot said they had no cork board. :eek:

OldRightHander
04-15-2008, 05:52 PM
Thanks again everyone. Unless they did not feel like looking, Home Depot said they had no cork board. :eek:

That's odd. I bought some there last year, little square pieces of it in a package. I used some of those double sided sticky tabs to put it up around the board.

goreds2
04-15-2008, 08:29 PM
That's odd. I bought some there last year, little square pieces of it in a package. I used some of those double sided sticky tabs to put it up around the board.

I ended up buying this protector at a store in Columbus called Sports Authority. I paid $21.99. The web has them more expensive than that. It is especially made to go around the dart board.

http://www.dartboards.com/backboards/foam/foldingwallprotector.cfm

goreds2
04-22-2008, 05:06 AM
I ended up buying this protector at a store in Columbus called Sports Authority. I paid $21.99. The web has them more expensive than that. It is especially made to go around the dart board.

http://www.dartboards.com/backboards/foam/foldingwallprotector.cfm

Here is a picture of my setup. Nothing fancy but I have enjoyed a few games on it thus far. :)

goreds2
04-30-2008, 12:34 AM
If you have never played scoring cricket, it's a game you must learn. We have a saying: "Every game is different", and it's so true. It gets the adrenaline flowing every time. The other game we play is ten-round high score. I have been keeping an Excel spreadsheet for seven years with all kinds of records and it makes it so much more interesting.

I have 100% been playing cricket on my dart board. I would like to try the ten-round high score though. Are there any special rules? Thanks,

macro
04-30-2008, 12:55 AM
I have 100% been playing cricket on my dart board. I would like to try the ten-round high score though. Are there any special rules? Thanks,

Not really, just ten rounds of three darts per round. You're basically going to be throwing at the triple-20 with every throw. That may sound boring, but keeping lists makes it much more interesting. We keep many, among them:

Top 50 All-Time Scores (all ten rounds)
Top 50 All-Time Scores (first five rounds only)
Bottom 10 All-Time Scores (all ten rounds)
Bottom 10 All-Time Scores (first five rounds only)
Individual Top 25 All-Time Scores
Most 180s in a night (the 180 being the perfect score of three triple-20s in a single round)

I have three columns for the Top 50 lists: score, date, player. We also keep track of how many games each person wins for the night. Our typical night consists of about 75% high score and 25% cricket to keep it mixed up a bit. Keeping track of the all-time lowest scores provides an incentive to keep trying when a game is not going well and winning is impossible. In that situation, you try to stay off that list.

All this may be more work than you want to put in, I don't know. It is rather time consuming in the first few sessions, as you get your lists established. After that, it's not that inconvenient. I keep Excel printouts and then write that nights accomplishments on the hard copy, then enter the new scores into the software and print out new sheets before we play again. We kept no records at all the first few months we played, then decided we needed creative ways of keeping it fresh and interesting. This has worked really well.

The beauty of high score is that it allows such record keeping, whereas cricket, 301, and the other games do not. There is a winner and a loser, but no basis for comparison to historical accomplishments.

goreds2
04-30-2008, 01:07 AM
Thanks macro,

Also, is this type setup rough on dart flights?

macro
04-30-2008, 08:21 AM
Hmmm...I've never seen one of those before, but it doesn't appear that it would cause any harm. I may have to get a couple of those myself.

goreds2
04-30-2008, 07:08 PM
Hmmm...I've never seen one of those before, but it doesn't appear that it would cause any harm. I may have to get a couple of those myself.

Here is a link:

http://www.yomart.com/dart-wall-rack-6-darts-franklin-sports.html

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4RNWN_en_____207&q=dart+wall+rack

goreds2
06-11-2008, 02:41 PM
I am liking my bristle dart board so much, one has been installed in my garage for when friends come over this summer they can smoke while playing.

Kingspoint
06-11-2008, 06:52 PM
Dart suggestion:

Don't run out of beer.

goreds2
06-14-2008, 12:23 AM
Dart suggestion:

Don't run out of beer.

Fridge also in garage.

goreds2
07-22-2008, 11:18 AM
Hmmm...I've never seen one of those before, but it doesn't appear that it would cause any harm. I may have to get a couple of those myself.

Did you ever buy one? I am thinking about it.

Here is a link:

http://www.yomart.com/dart-wall-rack...in-sports.html

http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...dart+wall+rack

OldRightHander
07-22-2008, 11:43 AM
Dart suggestion:

Don't run out of beer.

Alcohol and sharp pointy things. You sure that's a good idea?

:beerme:

WebScorpion
07-23-2008, 04:20 PM
It's funny that this subject should pop up now. I used to play a lot of informal cricket at some local pubs before all these kids (my children, not a bunch of children invading a pub) showed up. I still have a set of hammerheads somewhere myself. Recently, our office moved to a new location and in scouting out nice places for lunch we ran across a place where darts and/or billiards are free if you order lunch there. I think I'm going to need to find those darts... :thumbup:

RawOwl UK
07-23-2008, 05:48 PM
I've been enjoying the World Matchplay on T.V all week over here. Darts is massive with the crowd going mentle to the music they play at the intervals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fppvy52FbIg&feature=related

thats Dart in the UK my friends :)

goreds2
07-23-2008, 08:29 PM
I've been enjoying the World Matchplay on T.V all week over here. Darts is massive with the crowd going mentle to the music they play at the intervals.

thats Dart in the UK my friends :)

RawOwl UK, that is funny you mentioned England. My 70 year old mother is visiting from Ipswich England. My father met her while stationed in England via the Air Force. We played darts on Sunday night. I could not believe how someone her age enjoyed it! It is a fun game to unwind.

macro
07-24-2008, 09:12 AM
I've been enjoying the World Matchplay on T.V all week over here. Darts is massive with the crowd going mentle to the music they play at the intervals.

thats Dart in the UK my friends :)

One hunnnnnndred and ayyyyyyteeeeee!!!

goreds2
07-24-2008, 08:23 PM
One hunnnnnndred and ayyyyyyteeeeee!!!

When my british mother misses a tarket, she says "BLOODY H3LL"

OldRightHander
07-25-2008, 10:13 AM
I've got a pretty decent board and have played a lot of darts over the years. Being on the road so much, I don't get to play that much anymore and my game is a bit rusty. When I'm home and don't have anybody to play against, I use a program called CorkIt by a company called Omega Darts. You can play against a computer opponent of varying skill or you can just use the screen to mark your throws and let the computer compute your score. It's handy if you're playing 501 and don't feel like doing the math. I kind of like it. There's a free download or a paid version that has more features.

RawOwl UK
07-25-2008, 04:34 PM
Out of interest, if you require a score of 120 do you call it shangi ? Treble 20 single 20 & double 20 ?