Buying darts for beginners

26 Jul 2022

As a beginning dart player, it can be a daunting task to find the right materials among all the offerings. Not only do you have to have a good set of darts, the darts also consist of different parts that almost all come in a lot of variations. Fortunately, we at Dartshopper are happy to list everything for you.

What is a dart made of?

To figure out what is the best thing to buy as a beginner, it's useful to look at the options per part. Of course you can be easily ready and set to play with a set like the KOTO Accessory Kit Steeltip Black, but knowing why is always practical!

The tip, for starters, is pretty straight forward. These are often fixed in the barrel and only in very exceptional cases should they ever be replaced. There is a difference in the type of tip, namely steel tips and soft tips. To keep it short and sweet: the steel tip is for normal darts on a normal dartboard, the soft tip is for darts on electronic dartboards. This is often more suitable for children or in countries where soft tip darts are more popular.

Barrels: the backbone of the dart

The barrel is often the most decisive factor in how a dart throws. Because most of the weight is in the barrel, changing the barrel has the most effect on your game. As a beginner, you don't have to worry about this yet. What is most important is to discover what weight you personally like to throw.

Barrels come in many variations of material and start around 16 grams. According to the rules, 50 grams is the limit, but you hardly see anyone throwing with that. The most common for beginning and recreational darters are 23 to 25 gram barrels.

Barrels come in Steel, Silver/Nickel, Brass and Tungsten varieties. For beginners, steel darts, silver/nickel darts and brass darts are the best choices. Tungsten only comes into play when you want to play matches or professional darts. The reason for this is that Tungsten is a heavy material. This means that less of the material is needed and the barrels remain thinner. Thinner barrels mean you can throw them closer together more easily, also called grouping. As a beginner you will not throw many triple 20's yet, this is not very important.

The shaft: the connector

Just like the barrel, the shaft comes in different materials, but also in different lengths. With a choice of materials such as nylon, aluminum, carbon and even titanium, it is smart for beginners to start with the cheaper nylon. Nylon is light and sturdy and therefore more than enough if you are still learning. Only when you dart well enough to be able to throw your darts pretty much on top of each other do metal shafts become relevant. Then the metal ensures that they do not break easily should you throw one dart after the other.

The length of the shaft is a preference thing, just like the weight of the barrel: depending on how you throw, you can adjust your shaft length. With variations from 28 to 55mm, starting with medium (47mm) is the smartest. Do you notice your darts slanting in the board by default? Then look at a shorter shaft. If they are too far upright, you can try a longer shaft.

The flight: stability and speed

The last component is the flight. As already mentioned with shafts, flights will also break sometimes and there are again many variants. Flights are generally made of nylon, and come in different shapes and thicknesses. The thickness is expressed in microns and generally varies from 75 microns to 180 microns. The thicker the flight, the sturdier and more durable but also the heavier. To start with, 100
micron is a good choice like the Koto Black Emblem No2.

Flights come in a number of different shapes and again these are purely a personal choice. What most darters do is start with the Standard shape. This is the ideal middle size and combines stability with speed. Depending on your throw, another shape of flight may be better. A narrower, thinner flight is useful for a softer throw, while a larger flight is more desirable for a harder throw. To figure this out for yourself, we have the ideal Flight Test Kit for you. You can practice with the most common flights to find your favorite.

Conclusion

As you have read, there is no specific way to go for the novice darter. Buying darts is a matter of personal taste and preference and mostly a matter of testing and getting used to. Therefore, cheaper materials are always a good choice as a beginner. With our offer you are always assured of quality!

Do you still have any questions about a product, order or anything else? Then feel free to contact our Customer Service!

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