Thursday, August 27, 2009

Opening Games 2009 / 2010 Season

The new pub sign

We start the season on Tuesday night away to Blackhill Club. Our next two opponents are Coach & Horses and The Wheatsheaf. This is a very tough opening six games for us, home and away against the three, and I think we'll have learnt a lot about ourselves by mid October.

Its great to see a full 16 teams in the League this season. Some teams are not present this time around, but there's a new addition (The Ox Inn) and The Moorcock and Shotley Club are both entering A and B teams.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The 2009 / 2010 Season

The new season starts on Tuesday 1st September 2009, and the people who run the League will have again been doing the hard work in getting everything together.

I had some practice in the house on my return from a week in Loch Lomond and I'm always interested to see what happens when I've had a break from the game. I got a large number of steady 60 / 59 / 58 shots and some good accuracy on the finishing doubles, but not many high scores. I think steady 60's are only useful if they are supplemented with the odd high shot so I'll do my best to "find" the trebles over the next nine days.

No heavy practice sessions on DartPro though - just as many games with other players as possible.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Heavy Darts?

Practising the small Doubles

I've never considered my 27g darts to be particularly heavy. They certainly look like the ones most other players seem to throw, but over the last few years I've noticed how the 25g+ weights are slowly being phased out.

I switched to Unicorn Hero when Harrows scrapped the 27g option in their excellent Magnum range. Now Unicorn are themselves putting a 25g ceiling on most of their range, including the Heros. I can still find some 27g sets on-line, but these are end of stock and will need to be bought quickly if I want any spares.

I'm sure I'll always be able to get darts in the 27g weight, but my choice will be limited to lower tungsten ratios and not manufactured by Unicorn, Harrows etc. To see what I mean have a look at Darts Corner, and do searches on Darts Steel-Tip / By Weight and see the difference between the 25g offerings and the 27g ones.

The 27's must have been phased out due to declining demand, but it'll be a shame if I'm forced down to 25g to get the type of darts I want. I can really feel the 2g difference.