Pinching the magnet!
You could look at this statement as being the beginning of the whole crux of the problem of Dartitis and the yips. although the two maladies are assumed to be different, they are in reality one and the same obstacle to your enjoyment and the correct execution of an act.
It’s all down to the way that we look at or understand things. Pinching or squeezing can fundamentally be achieved in two ways, one is obvious and is easily achieved with applied pressure, but the other one, although just as easily attained, employs a very ambiguous, to the point of inconspicuousness to induce, it needs no pressure but uses the application of the correct angles. Perhaps this could enlighten the vast majority as to why trainees on a rifle range are told to squeeze and not to pull the trigger, this is a platitude as although all instructors cite it very few know just what you do to employ it!
Let’s just look at the grip. Lots if not all publications on, ‘no matter what sport being discussed’, advise on a grip. The problem is not which type of grp or how you achieve or apply it. No; the problem is the word grip and what people envisage as to is meaning. It is fairly certain that most will assume that to control something you have to grip it, and gripping means or infers applying pressure. This is where the first part of the problem arises. I have been ridiculed by many people when I’ve stated on countless occasions that you don’t grip the dart but by definition, positioning your fingers in such a manner as to get the dart to grip you as correct. This is undeniably true there cannot be any sense in having to free a grip to achieve an action. I call what is done a Grippe or Griffe, an anti grip or reverse grip. You have to be able to manipulate a darts velocity and direction without impeding its release and therefore its flight! so, therefore, you can’t grip it, you must not even try to grip it. any and all restraint on the dart must be released to power the dart forward. control without restriction!
The closest (still available word) that I can use to describe this controlling of the dart is “dandle”!
Any hindrance on the dart will cause it to veer off and or lose velocity. Losing velocity is the first thing that a new sufferer notices, but it wasn’t the first warning; that was quite inconsequential and didn’t appear to matter at the time as the target is usually achieved and it was put down to a glitch or gremlin and soon forgotten about. In hindsight, this is where the problem should have been addressed. Because as sure as eggs are eggs, it’s coming back. And it’s going to destroy everything.
Only one thing I have read in any book about dart throwing has even made any sense was written by
Keith Turner.
The complete book of the game.
Published in 1980.
Printed in Newton Abbot.
The relevant information is in the second paragraph on page 95.
This is the only time I will credit someone for relating the truth!
Most everything written about darts is a lie, in most cases silly unproven assumptions, however, there are quite a few of the malevolent infantile lies of the gentility. The chivalrous ones?