How can I have incredible practice rounds all day and then hit absolutely nothing at all during league? I had the worst night of darts I have ever had (at least within memory). With the exception of a couple mid-fifties outs, I hit squat for the entire duration of the match. My team lost 16-3. Ouch. That is our most crushing defeat to date. And although my people were joking at the bar afterwards, I can't help but feel they were discouraged. None of them had any interest in throwing more darts!
Of the 3 points we did win, one point came in a doubles 501 game that my partner and I won. I hit a 58 out in that game for the win. The other two points were from a singles Chicago match that I won (I won the cricket game we opened with, and then hit a 50 out (s18, s8, d12) for a quick 2-0 win in that match). Other than these two wins we lost everything else. And the worst part is that I was on fire all day during practice, and then on fire during the hour warm up before league play started. On fire to the point that my teammates were commenting on it. I could not miss the bulls, nor my doubles. And then like magic the league play starts and my fire is doused with 1's and 5's.
Anyway. Enough dwelling. I look forward to the next match. We have a bye next week and then we play against Nicos the week after. They are formidable opponents to say the least and they trounced us when we first encountered them. Nonetheless, I am certain we will beat them this time!
Here is a completely random pic from a long time ago. It has nothing to do with last night's defeat or this post.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
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Sorry about your loss... I don't know what it is ... it seams like if I am on fire durring warmup I can't hit durring the match... and visa-versa... ????
anyways... I fixed the bugs you reported... thank you... I moved the cricket scorer to a new blog...
Awesome, thanks for the quick fixes. Seahag and I had a good time using the cricket scorer yesterday and hopefully we'll have a chance to test the new one today!
It all happens in your head, that's the reason for the difference between practise and the match. Try to be concentrated and cool at the same time. If you're thinking during the match what would happen if you'll win or loss then you've already lost the match. Maybe you should look out for a book about sport psychology. Cheers from Germany
Good advice. I hadn't considered finding an SP primer but perhaps I should. In high school our coach used to have us "picture ourselves winning". I have never tried that in a match.
be sure to read KarlHeinz's great articles about the mental dart game:
It'll surely improve your game.
pucker factor. Need to play more tournaments/lucks/other locations, to get it out of your head.
Hey I after reading your blog last week and seeing you had a rough week.. I went to dart league wed. and shot aweful... so bad... and my elbow problems returned...
I took the week off and didn't throw at all to let any inflamation in my Cubital Tunnel (where the funny bone nerve is) go down... and got to our bar 2 hours before match and worked out the kinks in my throw... I kicked butt and my team beat the 1st place team in our division 8-3! We even threw a team (4 person) 601 dido game in 28 darts! 40 or less is a write up for our league... Anyways I was interested in how your league match went this week?
Not to disappoint but last week was a bye week for us. I did go down to Louisiana on business though and threw darts there against some of the Hammond steel tip leaguers. I did well against them winning almost all my games. A guy named Yogi schooled me in 501 for a couple matches, but I later skunked him in DIDO 301 so felt a little vindicated. They are a good group of guys down there and I am glad they have thriving steel tip league.
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