Winmau dartboards are manufactured from the world's finest premium grade Kenyan sisal by our uniquely skilled technicians, so you can rest assured that our boards are best-in-class for longevity and scoring potential. However, darts is an impact game and to get the best out of our products we advise you follow these simple guidelines with regard to dartboard care.
One of the most common questions we get asked is: How long does a dartboard last? This is an almost impossible question to answer without knowing the exact setup a player is using, the mechanics of their throw and how often the board is used. There are so many factors that can influence the life of a board (including weight of darts, type of throw, type of points, etc.), but if you follow our simple steps below you will get the maximum durability, scoring potential and enjoyment from your Winmau dartboard!
Turn the Dartboard Regularly
At regular intervals, we recommend that you remove the number ring from your dartboard and turn the dartboard by a few segments. Turning the dartboard regularly will spread the wear to give the longest life for your dartboard.
It is important to note that the wear on the 25 and bullseye area cannot be protected by rotating the dartboard, so games such as Cricket that rely on this part of the board may result in the centre of the board being worn out first.
Winmau dartboards are continually tested during every stage of manufacture, and have been developed to perform in the widest range of scenarios (including the widest range of temperature, humidity and climate environments possible). However, we recommend you position/store your dartboard in a cool, dry place wherever possible.
Do Not Soak the Dartboard
It is a common misconception dating back to the days of pre-bristle dartboards that soaking or spraying a dartboard with water (or other liquids) will increase its life. No liquids should ever come into contact with the surface of a bristle dartboard, as this could damage the board and decrease its lifespan.
Keep Good Points to Your Darts
Blunt, hooked or engineered dart points (knurled, ringed, etc.) can cause early dartboard wear.
Dart point design has changed dramatically over the last few years and there are a plethora of options on the market with different mechanical grips and patterns (please click here for the Winmau range). This evolution has developed for two reasons:
- Grip in the hand for players who's finger touch the point.
- Grip when the dart enters the dartboard as a means of holding the dart more firmly in the board to prevent lost darts.
Whilst you can feel the extra grip of the point in the dartboard, players should be aware that these new mechanical points will wear the dartboard quicker than standard smooth points. Blunt and engineered dart points will damage your dartboard quickly as they can cause over-compaction and also prevent the bristles from "healing" once the dart has been removed. Twisting the dart as it is being removed from the board can help with this. In addition, the round surface area of blunt dart points pushes the sisal back into the board in such a way that it can't recover, leaving holes in your dartboard.
Hooked and engineered dart points can pull fibres out of the dartboard which not only looks unsightly but, over time, will reduce the surface density and impact the performance of the board.
Sharp, smooth dart points that are not blunt or hooked are the best option to maximise the life of your dartboard. However, points should not be excessively sharp. Excessively sharp points can dig in to wires, causing a bounce out, rather than deflect into the fibre and score.
How to get Sharp, Smooth Dart Points
Use a dart point sharpener (please click here for the Winmau range) and change your dart points regularly. Both options are available at all good darts retailers, or please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for your nearest stockist.
Excessive Weight on the Fixings
The centre screw on the back of our dartboards is designed to comfortably take the weight of a dartboard and a traditional surround, but other, heavier items (such as some lighting systems) may add excessive weight to the board and cause the board to fall from the wall potentially causing injury. For any setup including a non-traditional surround, we recommend using the Winmau Deluxe Dartboard Clamp.
Anatomy of a Dart
All darts have a point, a barrel, a shaft and a flight. The barrel is the main body of a dart and is manufactured in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials. Shafts and flights are replaceable accessories which together provide aerodynamic stability. Both shafts and flights will wear out over time, depending on the amount of play, but replacements are widely available and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.
How to Play
Many different dart games can be played, but by far the most important and popular are 301, 501 and Cricket. In both 301 and 501, the basic principle is the subtraction of your score from the initial score of either 301 or 501 points, the winner being the first to reduce their score to exactly zero.
Basic rules and techniques:
- Each player has a turn consisting of three darts.
- The player stands behind the throw line.
- A throw is 3 darts.
- A 'bounce out' does not score.
- Stay relaxed and balanced.
- Use a steady and smooth action.
Since a double is required to finish in 301 and 501, you should try to create the easiest out shots by working your score toward specific numbers. This means knowing the combinations of scoring required to finish on the double (with softip darts, while playing 301 or 501, a double to end the game is not always required. So you may finish the game with a triple, double or single number).
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Barrels are commonly available in a range of weights from 14 to 40g. Material, weight and style are barrel variables that impact your ability to consistently repeat your trajectories.
Is the abbreviation for British Darts Organisation. Winmau dartboards are endorsed by the British Darts Organisation.
A bed is the section of a number shown on the face of the dartboard. 'Three in a bed' denotes that all three darts are in the same bed.
When a dart hits the wire of a board or another dart and bounces out of the board. The Winmau Blade 4 achieves less than 0.1% bounce-outs. A bounce-out does not score in a steeltip game.
Economical and perfect for the beginner. However, they tend to be thicker in diameter.
A dart is a small pointed missile, thrown in the game of darts. The dart should fly in a smooth arc. Various players have different throwing styles and it is sometimes necessary to change the length of the shaft to find the correct aerodynamic path.
A dartboard is a circular board marked with numbered segments, used as a target in the game of darts. Dartboards, or bristle dartboards, are hung on the wall so that the centre of the bullseye is exactly 5'8" (172.72cm) from the floor. Bristle dartboards can be used for either steeltip or softip play.
The double 20 on the dartboard.
Flights are the 'feathers' of the dart and make the dart more aerodynamic.
Flights are available in various shapes and sizes. Smaller flights give less air resistance. Standard flights are typucally used for all weights of steeltip darts. Slim flights are most often used on softip darts. The lighter the dart, the smaller the flight needed to stabilise it when thrown.
A call for silence at the start of the game.
A game in a match (typically 501) as 'the best of five legs', in which each leg is an entire game.
Nickel-silver is a German silver that is similar to brass but slightly heavier, harder and stronger. It is also more costly than brass.
Oche is the line behind which the players stand when throwing. The throwing line, or oche, is 8' (243.84cm) for softip and 7'9¼" (236.85cm) for steeltip.
The shaft is the portion of the dart that holds the flight.
Sisal comes from a Mexican plant, Agave Sisalana, with large fleshy leaves. The fibre made from this plant is used for cordage, ropes, dartboards, etc. Winmau dartboards are manufactured from premium grade East African sisal, which improves the lifespan of the product. Winmau converts the sisal into a super-dense form, which gives the board its quality build.
Softip is the plastic point of a dart that is designed to slip into one of several hundred holes moulded into the face of the plastic board. Softip darts can also be used on a bristle dartboard.
A staple free bullseye requires no fixings to hold it in place. Winmau's bulleye is specifically engineered to soften the bullseye area for longer life and to minimise bounce-outs.
Tungsten darts are twice as heavy as brass or nickel-silver. They provide greater stability and tighter grouping. The best dart barrels are made out of high quality tungsten. Tungsten has a higher density than brass or nickel-silver, which gives the dart weight without bulk. Tungsten darts are made up of a mixture of tungsten and nickel-silver. The higher the percentage of tungsten, the slimmer the dart will be, resulting in increased high scoring chances.