Darts is a popular sport that is easy to play and widely practised by people of all ages alike. One of the best things about this sport is that it can be easily played at home. Playing darts at home is facilitated by the affordability and easy availability of dart equipment. It is also easy to set-up the equipment and prepare for a game.
To play a game of darts, one needs only two basic pieces of equipment – darts and a dartboard. Let us discuss these two further in the article:
- Dartboard –A standard dartboard is manufactured in the size 173/4 inches in diameter. The board is divided into 20 radial sections, with a thin metallic wire. The sections are numbered from 1-20, such that the thinner area of the section is at the edge. The edge keeps shrinking in the area as one moves to the centre. These boards are designed with care, to reward accurate throwing and penalise the inaccurate ones. To ensure this, the larger numbers are kept apart.
- Darts –Darts are obviously the basic component of a dart game. A standard dart consists of four different sections – the flight, barrels, shaft and tip. The darts are manufactured using plastic, metal and nylon. There are many different configurations of darts possible by changing the four parts of a dart. The suitable dart style and makeup depend entirely on the style of the player or thrower. One thing to keep in mind is that a dart should not weigh more than 50g and it shouldn’t be any longer than 300mm.
These are the two pieces of equipment that are essential for a game of darts.