Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How important are the darts?

There is a lot of speculation in darting circles as to Phil Taylor's loss of form in the PDC's Premier League with a 0-7 whitewash to Michael van Gerwen in week 1 and a 3-7 loss to Adrian Lewis in week 2. Some of the speculation surrounds his change of darts not only to a slightly different shape but also a new manufacturer. Taylor has switched from his long standing backing by Unicorn to Target darts for a sum reputed to be in the region of NZ$6million for 5 years !

Taylor does seem to be struggling but his average in the Premier League is still just under the 100 mark (I wish I could struggle like that). I think the new darts is a red herring as to his form loss. I remember playing at the old Auckland United Darts several years ago and being impressed by Ritchie TeWhero (sorry Ritchie you don't impress me so much now I can throw a little bit). On this particular night Ritchie had forgotten his darts and proceeded to borrow other people's darts throughout the night, all different shapes and weights. It didn't bother RTW.
Club President Peggy with RTW
I can't remember if he won the night outright but it was still the same RTW banging in the wins with whatever and whoever's darts he could borrow. Ritchie might be able to confirm this story if he can remember, but at the time I was left thinking "how importatnt are the darts really?". If your technique is sound, your concentration on the mark and your confidence high maybe the darts themselves just fly the way you throw them because you adapt.
Getting back to Taylor I think he has had a few weeks off after his below par World Champs in which time he has lost a lot of weight due to a new exercise regime and he is taking his time to get back into gear. Don't forget he has probably played two of the best three players in the world so far and he won't meet the other of the three in the Premier League because it's himself. I think the other Premier League players should watch out, the bear is likely to come out of it's hibernation soon and somebody is going to get a hiding because he will be mad and hungry right now. This is the Premier League, Taylor won't want to be an 'also ran' and he hasn't lost his mojo. In between the two Premier League weeks he won a UK Open qualifier scoring two 9 darters on the way, one to beat Adrain Lewis in the final ! Hey that's my 2 cents, feel free to use the comments about what you think...


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