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  The sport of darts is often derided for not being a real sport, but this is becoming farther from the truth as tournaments for darts continuously gain competitive ground both locally and internationally. So why play darts? Here’s a rundown of reasons for you to try the sport yourself.

Apart from the fun and competitive spirit one commits for darts, many individuals and groups engage in the sport because of its practicality and ease. Compared to other sports, darts require only a small playing area and a free wall – no courts or fields need like in badminton, basketball, etc. In fact, most professional dart players commenced their career by throwing darts in the comfort of their home garage. It is inexpensive and only needs the basic equipment with no venue fees to pay.
Darts has no boundaries. The sport is for all, with no gender and age preference nor physical or height required. We’ve seen tournaments with various ages, sizes, preferences, and handicaps in participation of the sport.

Darts expands social ties. We understand that as a social sport, the game of darts enhances social interaction, creates social ties, and builds camaraderie. Not limited to one’s friends, many darters develop a network of acquaintances and business ties through darts. Furthermore, the sport is an activity a family can do together as a source of bonding.

Darts sharpen the mind. Playing darts requires great mental coordination and sharpness of mind. Involved with numbers as target scores, it necessitates and improves quick strategic thinking and number skills for one to plan his next move and target. It advances one’s concentration and is actually a good mental exercise.

Darts improves dexterity. It involves adroitness and grace particularly with the movement of hands. The sport requires the right kind of throw, the right amount of push, and that hand movement some refer to as suave in making a dart reach its destination point.

Darts relieves job stress. One of the easiest ways to relieve job stress is to simply and temporarily get one’s mind off from work. This is why companies have initiated Wellness Programs designed to change and support employees’ behavior in order to achieve better health and reduce associated health risks. As part of their Corporate Wellness Program, many companies (private and government) of today support the development and promotion of playing darts within their organization.

There are a lot more reasons why one should try and play darts aside from what we have outlined above. One must simply try to realize all of it.

  A bristle dart board is made from sisal fibers. Sisa, pronounced SYE-zul, is a plant of the Agave specie (Agave sisalana) that yields stiff fiber traditionally used in making twine and rope. The fiber is clumped together, compressed to a precise density, and kept in place with steel bands and staples. Brazil, Tanzania, China and Kenya are the top producers of sisal. The best quality of sisal comes from Africa.

Sisal fibers stand perpendicular to the backboard allowing dart points to easily penetrate between fibers. The compression of these fibers makes the bristle dart board self-healing, which means that when darts are removed from the board the fibers go back into place, leaving the dart board intact.

To further ensure the long life of your dart board, here are three things to remember:


1. Rotation. The numerical rings on quality dart boards are made to be removable. As a new dartboard is broken-in, the sisal will tend to swell. This swelling is normal and to be expected, but it is important to even out this swelling. This can be done by detaching the numeral ring and moving it three places in either direction. This must be done regularly. Failure to do so will cause the sisal to swell in one particular area excessively forming a “bubble” or “hill." This area will soon lose its sisal and render the board useless.

2. Humidity. Humidity plays a significant part in overall board life. Longer board life can be expected in high humidity areas. Moisture is essential in keeping the sisal bristles supple. When dartboards start drying out, they will begin to shed fibers either singly or in small clumps. Should this begin to occur, simply drape a dampened (but not dripping) dishtowel over the face of the dartboard and leave it overnight. A moist atmosphere is created between the towel and the board, and the moisture will be drawn into the sisal. Warning: do not spray or soak sisal dartboards, this will harden and destroy them.

3. Wires. Dartboards wires will eventually become damaged by repeated dart point impacts. This, in turn, can also damage the sisal face of the board. Bent wires squash the sisal, distorting the shape of small beds such as triple, causing the colors to appear outside the boundaries. Imbedded wires will bend and kink the fibers to a point where any healing qualities are diminished. To prevent this regularly check the wires. A flat bladed screwdriver or a pair of needle nosed pliers is suitable for bending wires back into position.

The regulation size for any bristle dartboard is 1.5 inches think and 18 inches in diameter. A dart board is separated into 20 wedged sections, numbered from 1 to 20, characteristically alternating in coloring from white to black or some variation thereof. The board has an outer ring worth double normal points, an inner ring worth triple normal points, and a two-layer bulls-eye.

One of the foremost issues with bristle dart boards was the metal grid, and the metal staples used to keep the grid flush against the sisal fibers. High quality dart boards of today have totally eliminated the metal staples and have made the bands of the grid much smaller and less prominent. The Robson Spectra dart board has triangular wires, whereas the Robson Razor dart board has blade wires. This improves scoring on darts which land close to the boundaries of different point lines, and also minimizes bounce outs from darts actually impacting on the metal as opposed to the board.

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