In the beginning, we all wondered the same thing since all the early adopters of Maximum Darts were ALL steel tip players
As it turns out, playing soft-tip does affect your steel-tip game. In a positive way!
Not Joking or BS'ing. True Story.
Here's what we found out.
- We all started throwing 20g darts since some USA tournaments have a limit of 20g
- The line is a little further back at 8 feet instead of 7' 9 1/4 " (that's less than 3 inches)
This meant that we had to throw a little harder. Not much, but a little. This had the unexpected effect of making us follow-through with every dart.
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 when you develop good follow-through.
Here's another unexpected benefit that's really cool:
- The soft tip board is 15" in diameter instead of the traditional 13"
- This means that the targets are bigger and triples/doubles are easier to hit
So when you're playing soft-tip darts, you are hitting your targets way more often than in steel.
Not only does this make for a more enjoyable night out, it's a huge confidence booster and we all know that confidence is a big part of the game.
The feedback from players was that when they play steel-tip, they walk up to the board expecting to hit what they want to. We have lots of previously "middle of the pack" steel players winning steel competitions and getting razzed at steel leagues about how much they must be practicing now.
You don't have to take my word for it. JUST TRY IT.
There's usually a 2-3 week adjustment period but once you start stroking triples and bulls, you will see for yourself that it's fun and is actually darts.
Not many people miss the chalking part either. You have an automatic chalker for every game.
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.