How To Find The Best Dart Weight


One of the first things that darts players have to remember when they are trying to improve their game is that one configuration that works for one player may not work for another one.

When choosing and buying darts, there are several factors to consider including shape or grip, flights or stem, weight, and cost. Many new players have a difficult time choosing the best dart weight that works for them. With all of these, with the possible exception of cost, the best way to find out which is suitable for you is to experiment.

Darts are available in a variety of weights, ranging from 12 to 50 grams. The weight of a dart is based on the amount of tungsten it contains. The more tungsten it contains, the heavier, and usually more expensive, it is. Many seasoned players advise new darts players to begin with darts weighing between 18 to 20 grams.

Weight Distribution

Darts may be back-weighted, front-loaded, or weigh evenly. Players who refer to lob darts will find that front-loaded darts will fit their style while those who have a flat throw will find that evenly weighted darts suit their playing style.

In general, the lighter the dart is, the greater your effort will be to throw it harder or faster. As such, only seasoned players play with lighter darts. Although regulations allow darts to weigh up to 50 grams, you’ll rarely find a player who competes with darts weighing over 30 grams.

For beginners, it is ideal to begin with darts weights in the middle of either end of the spectrum; that would be between 23 to 26 grams. This middle range can give you a good glimpse of how the weight of a dart can influence your game. For players who are shorter (specifically women and children), lighter darts are advisable. This would fall between the 20 to 22 gram range.

If you find that a particular dart weight is not working for you, you may consider using lighter or heavier darts. Do take note that whether you are going for heavier or lighter darts, the best thing to do would be move up or down by just a few grams. A few grams up or down may seem like a negligible amount of weight on paper, but it may be sufficient enough to influence your game.

Again, the best way to find a suitable dart weight, one that works best for you, is by trial and error. Try a handful of darts with various weight configurations and you’ll surely find one that fits your playing style.

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