Category : Sports
So you are playing John Kuczynski in the tournament next week, which darts do you choose, there are so many to choose from? Well first you have to decide which type of board are you playing on, bristle or electronic. If you are playing on a Bristle dart boards australia you need steel tip darts, now what type do you want?
The popular type of steel tip and indeed soft tip darts these days are tungsten darts. Because of the higher density of tungsten, you can have slimmer darts, which are the same weight as the bigger brass darts. This means you can squeeze them all into that treble 20 segment on the dart board. Well that’s if you are a very good player.
The barrel of the dart is tungsten; now you have to decide what type of “grip” do you want. The barrels can be smooth with grooves in or knurled for extra grip, and now you can even have what they call an edge grip. Some people find the more aggresive grips like the knurled grip too aggresive as it sticks to the fingers when throwing, so choose wisely and try out some darts first.
The barrel can also be a fluted design to fit your fingers or simply straight. OK got all that? Now we come to the shafts and flights. They have to be as light as possible and the flights give a slight drag to the dart as it flies through the air to keep it straight and true. Usually you want the shaft and flights to be as light as possible to keep the weight forward. The shafts are usually made of plastic or possibly aluminium and the flights are plastic with colourful designs on them to make them look good or signify what team or country you’re from. And remember to replace the flights often, a damaged flight will affect the flight of the dart.
The weight of the darts can be anything from 20 to 30 gms , with 20 gm considered a light dart and 30 a heavy dart. Most darts are in the middle at 24 gm or so.
As for the soft tip darts, they are generally a little bit lighter than there steel tip cousins, and they have a plastic or soft tip. This is so they can trigger the sensors in the electronic boards without damaging it. Never use a steel tip dart on an electronic board! (Although saying that, there are some new boards out that will accept either, but check first.) Also the tips are replaceable and you can unscrew them from the barrel and put on a new one. Most soft tip darts use 2BA thread types, but there are ¼ inch sets around as well, I would advise you stick to the 2BA type as that is far more common. And finally there are combination darts sets that can take either steel tips or soft tips, but don’t get them mixed up