Moreover, if you are just a beginner in the game of darts and need a set of darts that is durable enough to practice a lot, then the fat cat 90% tungsten darts are best for you.
What kind of tip should you prefer when buying darts (steel or soft)?
Before you start hunting the best darts for yourself, make sure you are clear about your requirements, i.e., whether you need steel tip darts or soft tip darts? This shouldn’t take too long to decide, as it is completely based upon the place where you will be playing darts. Consider the board’s type before you buy a set of darts.
- What is your budget?
There are darts that cost a fortune, and others are relatively cheaper. To be honest, budget is the most important thing to look out for, while buying darts. Make sure you look for a set of darts that can be bought in your budget.
This factor is a little hard to look out for as the price is not something that can decide whether a set of darts is right for your level of experience or not. In easier words, if you spend a lot of money, it wouldn’t guarantee you becoming a better player.
We agree that expensive darts are great in quality; however, the question is, is the high price even worth it or not? Expensive darts can have thinner and more durable bodies that have a positive impact on the play. Moreover, they are long-lasting. But remember that sometimes it is just the aesthetics of the darts that you are paying for, not the quality. On the other hand, cheap darts are not built so uniformly that they can affect the accuracy and precision of your throw.
But the good thing is that if you go for cheaper dart sets, it allows you to be financially at peace, and you can buy more sets if needed. As a matter of fact, one should have at least two sets of darts.
It’s better to go for cheaper darts (remember that there is no shame in doing so). You can find a nice darts set in both price limits, so take proper time while you decide.
Material of the darts is important
The material used in the manufacturing of dart barrels matters a lot, and you should look out for it while buying darts for yourself. The material used in making the darts is important because it has a great impact on the weight, size, feel, and sturdiness of the darts. Commonly used materials in making darts include nickel, brass, tungsten, or a combination of different metals. The cheapest ones are usually the ones made out of brass, but on the downside, they are not so durable. Next comes the nickel barrel darts, which are quite durable, but their prices are too high. Lastly, there are tungsten barrel darts, which are preferred by professionals because of their unique physical characteristics.
Tungsten darts are preferred because of their density which allows the manufacturers to make thinner and tighter barrels without reducing the weight of the darts.
Weight of the darts
The weight of darts depends more upon personal preferences and other variable factors. Players choose the weight that suits them and their throwing style well.
The thumb rule is that the heavier darts fly straighter than, the lighter ones. Professional and experienced players prefer playing with heavier darts because their main goal is to be precise. On the other hand, lighter darts travel more in a parabolic way which disturbs the precision and accuracy. However, beginners often prefer to play with lighter darts.
The best way to know whether you need heavier or lighter darts is to play with them and decide which one suits your style best. Common darts weight is between 16 to 26 g. However, they can be as heavy as 50 g.
From our point of view, beginners should start with lighter darts and gradually move to heavier darts. This way, the precision, and accuracy will be improved, and they will habitually get used to heavier darts.
Dimensions of the darts
Along with the weight, the length and size of the darts have a significant impact on the game. Darts are available in several sizes and shapes, which are specially designed for different types of players.
The size of your hands is also a factor that you should take care of while buying a certain size of darts. If you use more than two fingers to hold the barrel, your darts should be longer. On the other hand, if you tend to hold it near the tip, a shorter one should work fine for you. A long barrel provides more space for a grip, while a slimmer-shaped dart provides a sturdy and lockable grip.
- Your grip
The grip of a dart is the most important part, and you should focus on it while buying a new set of darts. Some darts have smoother barrels, and some have textured or knurled. The texture on the dart barrel provides the friction required for a better grip.
There are different types of textures that manufacturers add to the barrels, including cuts, grooves, bumps, and ridges, which make the grip of a dart better and minimizes the slippage.
It is better to go with heavily knurled darts, as the grip is better, and the throw is most precise and accurate. On the downside, heaving knurling can sometimes make the dart stick to your fingers when you try to throw it.
- The shaft
Shafts are the stems that connect the barrel with flight. The shaft provides stability to the flight, which is why its length is crucial to the whole dart.
Longer shafts tend to be more unstable; however, shorter shafts provide more stability to the flight. But again, longer shafts minimize the bouncing-out and do not crowd the dartboard, while shorter shafts do.
There are shafts available in different sizes, and some even have spinning ends. It is pretty easy to change shafts which is why you can get longer or shorter shafts for your darts if needed.
Shafts are usually made out of aluminum, plastic, or other metals and alloys, for example, tungsten. The material has less to do with the performance of a shaft than its length and size. However, the durability of a shaft relies on the material used in making it.
- The flight
The type of flight you choose also affects your play abruptly. Dart flights are different from the fletching ends of an arrow; flights act as fins which are made from materials that can provide aerodynamic stability to the darts.
If your dart flight doesn’t compliment your throwing style, it is of no use; make sure your dart flight is right for your throwing style. Flights have a significant impact on the dart’s path when thrown towards the dartboard.
There are two types of flights: fast flights and slow flights. Fast flights are small in size and longer in length. This is why they have a lower surface area, resulting in a more aerodynamic force that can cut through the air. Fast flights are good for players who like playing a speedy pitch.
On the other hand, slow flights have a larger surface area, and they are shorter in length. Due to the larger surface area, these flights face more air resistance which decreases their speed. Players who have a controlled pitch go for slow flights.
There are different sizes and shapes of flights available on the market. However, you should do some research and find the right one for yourself.
- The accessories
Most people don’t care about the accessories. However, it is better to buy accessories along with darts, such as a dart sharpener, tightening tool, darts case (Harrow ace case), extra steel tips for steel tip darts, and other necessary things.
When buying darts, consider the following factors:
1. Tip Type: Choose between steel or soft tip darts based on the dartboard you’ll be using.
2. Budget: Determine how much you’re willing to spend, as darts vary in price but expensive doesn’t always mean better quality.
3. Material: The dart barrel’s material (nickel, brass, tungsten) affects weight, size, feel, and durability. Tungsten is preferred by professionals for its density and durability.
4. Weight: Weight preference is personal; heavier darts fly straighter, while lighter darts are more parabolic. Beginners might start with lighter darts and progress to heavier ones for better precision.
5. Dimensions: Consider the length and size of the darts based on your grip style and hand size.
6. Grip: The barrel texture influences grip; heavily knurled darts provide a better grip but may stick to your fingers.
7. Shaft: The shaft length affects stability, with shorter shafts providing more stability than longer ones. They can be made from various materials and are easy to replace.
8. Flight: Choose between fast and slow flights based on your throwing style; fast flights are smaller and cut through the air, while slow flights are larger and offer more resistance.
9. Accessories: Consider purchasing accessories like a dart sharpener, tightening tool, case, and extra tips for steel tip darts.
In summary, the right darts depend on personal play style, experience level, and budget, with a range of materials, weights, and accessories to choose from.