24 grams is the maximum weight allowed on our dart boards.
We carry a wide selection of darts in our online shop at maximumdarts.com
A 20 gram dart is recommended for a few reasons:
- Heavy darts can damage the playing surface or cause the board to mis-read which target was hit.
- The PPD's Tournament of Champions in Kansas that we are affiliated with does not have a weight restriction but some tournaments in the USA allow a maximum of 20 gram dart. (A long time ago that was 18g but is now 20g)
- If you are planning on participating in the other events in the USA it makes sense to get used to a 20g dart
Some players believe they can only be successful with a heavy dart. The most common cause of this is when players DO NOT follow through on their throw.
The heavy dart is basically a crutch for an improper throw since the weight will carry the dart to the board without follow-through.
This prevents players from developing a proper follow-through and leads to inconsistency in scoring. Watch any top-skilled player and you can see they follow through with every throw.
A lighter dart will hit the board slightly below the target and gives instant feedback that you didn't follow through. Your consistency will dramatically improve if you develop good follow-through.
Tips for changing to a 20g dart:
- If you are accustomed to throwing heavier dart, simply change to a smaller flight.
- Follow through on your throw. If you throw properly and follow through, then you will be able to throw any weight of dart successfully.