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Believe the statement; practice really does make perfect. You may have decided to enter a local league, or may just be aiming to get better in order to take down your friends. Whatever the reason, if you want to get serious about darts, you need to practice. And, if you practice, you have to make sure you've got the basics right, before you jump into some routines. But what are the basics? Fear not, they're all covered right here in this friendly series of guides.

The series has already covered a number of topics; from taking things super seriously to maximize your potential, getting the most out of your humble dartboard, and how to ensure practice becomes as exciting as it can for you. Now, it's part four, and it's an important one: focusing on weaknesses.
Strengthen Your Flaws

Sportsmen - not just dart players - should know what their weaknesses are. We would all openly admit we aren't perfect at everything (otherwise we'd be pros, wouldn't we!). However, if you're just starting out in darts, and are new to the game, you may not know your weaknesses yet. You could struggle with a whole host of things: hitting doubles, keeping a steady arm, the straightness of your darts, a particular part of your action, anything. What's important though, is knowing what your problems are. That puts you in the best shape for your practice sessions.

Pay attention to any problems you may have had during games, or even during previous practice sessions. You can then find practice games and routines to suit the flaws in your game.

Don't forget about your strengths too; but put that little bit of extra emphasis into your weaknesses to make your game more rounded.

For example, if you're struggling to hit that vital winning double in a game, try find fun ways to include cool games into your practice regimes. There's games such as 'Around the Clock', a game pros use quite a lot. Keep track of how many darts it takes you to hit every double around the board, finishing with the bull. You'll notice that, the more and more you play games like this, the fewer darts it'll take you to hit all the doubles!
Track Your Progress

Another important feature of working on your weaknesses is developing a system to keep track of your progress. Take the example above, a player struggling to hit his doubles. Keeping a log of how many darts it takes to do a certain challenge is good housekeeping, as it enables you to see how better you are getting. If things start to even out and your progress stalls, simply alter the practice slightly. Keeping track of things really does maximize what you get out of practice sessions.

Some good practice ideas to keep track of include: Seeing how many bulls-eyes you can hit in a particular number of darts (100 is a good, round number), playing a game of 501 and tracking the amount of darts it takes to complete it (this also lets you track your average score, something the pros live religiously on), and hitting a particular double in a particular number of darts. All these, and more, are good things to work on for people serious to take up the game. With good practice, comes good performance. Take it seriously, work on those weaknesses, and you'll be flying in no time!

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