Coaching Clinic 1 – The Dreaded Drift
We were contacted by one client whose frustration was mounting with his constant drift into the five. The usual advice administered for this problem is a shuffle up or down the oche. This is not the answer, on occasions it may work for a short period but generally the flaw is elsewhere.
On inspection of the video our client lined the dart up with his eye in text book fashion, this “plane” or route to the board was perfect. However, he then drew the dart back prior to release to almost adjacent to his right shoulder (a different plane and route to the original) and then at the release point he tried to bring the dart back to the original aiming point creating a third route to the board!
We advised our client to ensure he was central on the oche which should help the “across the body action” that he had developed due to his aim. We also suggested he draw the dart back but retaining the original “eye line” (eye, dart and target) and not veering off to the shoulder area.
The client worked on our advice to retain eye contact with the dart and got a positive result almost immediately –“I focused on shortening my drawback and this improved my aim, it felt as if I was returning straighter down the line, I won 2-0 and had a total of 2 darts at the double!!
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