Practice Like The Pro's - Darts Practice Routines & Games

Getting bored with your practice routine? Stuck in a rut? Don’t know where to start even?

Fear not, we have introduced a new feature to Darts Mad whereby we assist you, the darts players, with top tungsten tips straight from the Pro’s themselves. Use these verbatim in your own practice, or adapt them and come up with your own variations. We hope this becomes a useful resource for our readers, and would appreciate any feedback.

Practice Like The Pro’s

First up is a routine most people should know by now Bobs 27……

Bob Anderson Darts Practice (Bob’s 27)

“It was just a simple concept, that I thought of in the mid 1970s. Why 27 ? Because it gave you 5 throws at doubles, and you had to hit at least one to progress” Bob recently informed us when we asked him about his popular drill, he then went on to say “I still use this, and also teach it to the dart players who come to me for coaching”. Bob Anderson

Rules for Bob’s 27

  • Your starting score is 27, you throw 3 consecutive darts at each double in ascending order, starting with Double 1 round to the bull.
  • After each turn you add the value of your score to your total, so after the first throw if you hit the Double 1 once you would add 2 to 27 and your new total would be 29. If you missed the Double 1 with all three darts, you subtract the value of the double from your score, so your score would be 25.
  • This continues for each subsequent double up to the bull, each turn adding on your score or subtracting the value of the double missed.
  • If you running total score reaches 0, you start again. The highest score you can achieve is 1437.

Darts Mad Says:

Trebles for show, doubles for dough! Played by thousands of amateur and professional players around the globe, its more interesting/challenging than round the board. However, complete novices might want to allow themselves to go into a negative score at first just to boost moral!

Practice Like The Pro's

Dennis Priestley Darts Practice

Dennis told us he uses various practice routines including a variation of Bob’s 27 starting on 32 and a routine for “one dart at a double, it’s good practice for crucial moments in a game”.

Rules for One Dart at a Double

  • Throw for double 1, double 2 & double 3 with the first three darts
  • On your second turn, throw at the double(s) you missed in the first turn, and then carry on for the next double in ascending order. i.e. first turn if you hit D2 & D3, your second turn would be D1, D4, D5. If you hit D1 & D5 your next turn would be D4, D6, D7 etc.
  • Carry on until all doubles have been hit up to the double bull.

“We also play a simple game that uses the trebles, starting at 10 going round to 20. A decent player should be aiming to score 55 and above, which is like hitting one treble every throw, all these games are better if your are practicing with someone….my best is 73 I think. You can start on treble 1 but realistically in a game your rarely go for trebles under 10.”

Rules for Dennis’s Trebles Practice

  • Starting with treble 10, throw 3 darts at the treble. 3 points are awarded for hitting the treble, 1 point for the single.
  • Maximum points per turn is 9, minimum is 0.
  • Continue in ascending order to the treble 20, the highest score you can achieve is 99!

Darts Mad Says:

Its not always about the treble 20, other trebles need to be called upon for killing off games and hitting big checkouts so this is great practice.

Mike Gregory Darts Practice

“The way I used to practice was just bang away at the treble twenty, I very rarely practiced doubles, one thing I have been doing more recently in the last few years with the lads at the Lamb is a variation on playing checkouts from 90 upwards. By playing from high to low you don’t have to retrieve your darts if you miss with the first shot”.

Rules for Mike’s Checkouts

  • Throw for the treble twenty, if you hit go for the 170 checkout (another treble and bull), if you miss go for 90.
  • Repeat the above for other checkouts – 167, 89 etc.

Darts Mad Says:

A good practice routine for both doubles and trebles, probably one for more advanced players as you need to be familiar with your big checkouts!

Jeff Smith Darts Practice

“I base all my practice routines around finishing. My most popular game is 121”

Rules for 121

  • Check out 121 in 9 darts or less to advance to 122,
  • Repeat finish in 9 darts or less, advance to 123 etc
  • If you miss within the 9 darts you start back at 121.

Darts Mad Says:

Big checkouts win matches, familiarise yourself with them and take your game to the next level.

Visitor submitted darts practice routines

Pete Munro, “80up”

Rules for 80up:

Your starting finish is 80, you have up to 3 darts to achieve this, if you don’t hit the finish the score drops by 1* and you continue (i.e 79, 78 etc…), throw 3 darts again. 40 is the low cap, if you get down this far you continue to throw until you get it.

If you hit the finish your going for then add 10* to the number and continue. The ultimate goal is work your way upto and finish 170.

For reference purposes the high finishes are as follows:

170, 167, 164, 161, 160, 158.

All other numbers from 157 down can be finished.

*For scores that have no finish, go to the next lowest, e.g you hit 155 and add 10 to 165, you would throw for 164, if you miss that then you drop down to 161 and so on.

The idea of the game is to practice breaking down high finishes and hitting them to progress, this can also be done as a non-competitive way to practice as a team as well.

Gary Fox doubles

My Doubles practice goes like this. You have Max 63 darts to get all the doubles including inner bull.

Start at double 1. If you hit Double 1 with your first dart use the other two darts at 2 and 3. Don’t worry if you miss with the second two darts because you have hit the double 1 anyway. Throw you next three darts to hit double 2. If you miss altogether with those three darts you must throw the next three darts at the 3.

If you hit the double 3 with your first dart, you can then go back and use your remaining two darts to try and hit the double 2 again, and so on and so forth until you have used all 63 throws. You must mark off all the doubles you have hit as you go, on the score board. This will also show you the ones you have missed that you can go back to.

Remember you only have 63 darts to throw. I only play for a pub team for fun and my best is 17 of the doubles. It doesn’t really matter how many you hit the point is you are practicing doubles and it is a fun way of practicing and you can only get better.