Or at least the method of practice to improve the odds of me hitting that vital finishing double!
Hubby and I play at least three games every day now, but have scrapped the double in, double out because it was taking us ages to get started and thus he was up on his feet for too long.
As a teenager, I used to go to the club with my Dad and grandfather. As they were catching up with their news, I’d usually piano plonk for the old boys as they loved a sing-song and I played the old favourites like Danny Boy and On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep.
We would often have a game of arrows, using plastic flighted sets available from behind the bar. This soon progressed to those with feather flights, but it wasn’t until I started playing for a league in the 1980s that I actually bought my own.
Dad introduced me to Mickey Mouse, though some people may refer to the game as Round the Clock. The idea is to work your way round the board hitting 1, 2, 3 etc in sequence, finishing with 25 and the bull. You can vary this and make it more difficult by only allowing doubles or trebles to count (we’d be playing for a month if we did that), but it helps to get your eye in, and also where the numbers actually are on the board.
Hubby and I therefore have a game of Mickey Mouse before we start our games which are now straight in double out but from 201 down, not the usual 301 or 501.
You might wonder why.
Mickey Mouse more or less replaces the 300 points from 501, so what we are actually practicing for is the final finishes. This is great for me and is paying off as at home, I’m not overtired from concentrating or faffing about trying to get my final double.
Hubby hammered me the other day, 5 games to 1 as we played in two sessions, but I’m getting there and today I not only won Mickey Mouse but also all of our matches.
The final one was damn cheeky, as I needed double five and split it when Hubby needed double 7, he also splitting his. I aimed for 1, and got a double (damn), then hit a single and needed another double to win. Two darts in double 1 in the same throw! Yay!!
We took the dog for a walk after lunch, then came back and had another MM and matches, all of which I won. I’m getting better and can feel my confidence growing. If Hubby and I played as a mixed couple, we’d stand a good chance of getting somewhere as we prefer opposite sides of the board.
No match next Tuesday, then we’re playing the league leaders at home the following week.
Hope I can keep it up!