To improve quickly you need quality practice from one to three sessions per day up to four to six days a week.

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.
Practice is all about your game not your practice partner’s so you should practice darts on your own for at least 90% of the time.
Rest days must not be undervalued. Practicing 7 days a week does not allow muscles, nerve-systems and the whole body to recover. Your brain, which is the most important ‘muscle’, can’t deal without breaks, so motivation and ‘hunger’ is developed during rest periods.

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.
Sessions should be 20-45 minutes long with a 15 minute break after each session. Micro breaks (1-2 min) during each session after 20 minutes are essential as well.
Each practice day depends on your ambition to improve, the higher your goals the more you should aim for three sessions per day.

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.