However, you need to monitor how you are playing and feeling about your practice against your goals to see if you are doing enough or too much.
The most important thing is that you enjoy and look forward to practicing, which will only happen if you actually see yourself improving.
We advise keeping a small practice notebook or using your phone to detail when and what you practice and how you felt about each session.
Practicing in intervals is the best simulation of competition and most important way to improve (for example, the World Championships have intervals). Never play for more than an hour in one session.
Anything over three sessions per day is not as important as you think.
Turbo-Days days are when you can have 5 sessions or more, but these must not be done within one week of any competition.
Turbo-Days are a rarity to top up weak areas and should only be used a maximum once or twice per month.
Vary your daily and weekly routines but stick to your basic routines at the same time, this may sound confusing, but there is logic behind it.
If you look at other top sportsmen, you’ll see specific and different factors they take into account whilst practicing. In darts you must be competent in 4 basic areas:
- Grouping all three darts
- Moving all around the dartboard
- Straight double finishes
- Variations of all the above
By rating your skill out of 10 for each discipline you can easily see which areas you need to work on most, whilst always maintaining competence in the other.
If you improve in one area for another to slip back you have not improved overall, as is very common in many player’s practice routines.
Don’t forget to smile when you play and have at least one day off a week. Remember fundamentals are designed and developed to drive your passion and enjoyment of darts.