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Checkouts & Doubles


Although I have placed a checkout chart on this site to help people not sure of finishing there are more way to finish than I have illustrated and in fact, many of the two darts out shots would not be considered by players when they have three darts in their hand. But it is important to practice finishing as much as heavy scoring. If you can’t hit doubles consistently then you will lose more games than you will win even if you are a heavy scorer.

There are many ways to practice doubles, you can play a game of round the clock hitting each double in turn and set a target of the number of darts you take to hit them all then try to better yourself by beating the previous score. This type of practice is fine but I would concentrate more on doubles that break down easily and the higher numbers example:

20, 10, 5
16, 8, 4, 2, 1
18, 9

Most games you will see played are finished on these doubles, why? Two reasons:

  1. They break down easily that means if you hit the big number as opposed to the double you will still be on another double.
  2. High score finishes often involve high doubles.



I suggest you first choose a double let's say 16 and then set a time to score as many of the doubles as you can within the time. A 10 – 15 min on a Practice session should help you improve your chances when it comes to a match. If you can hit any double within two darts you are at a good standard.

Another way of helping you finishing is to play a game where you have to hit a number or combination of numbers before the double. An example of this could be 33 hit number 1 then double 16 once you hit it move the number up to 35 and Practice all the finishes. This will improve your ability to hit all sectors of the board as well as doubles.


Practice Game called '27'

27 is the number of points you begin with. Your first three darts are for double one, and so on until twenty and then bull. For each hit, you get the value of the double hit (three double fours would score 24). If you miss three darts at a double you lose the value of that double. If your score reaches zero you lose. A good score is 400, and a very good score is 600. Once again, keep a record of your scores and your personal best.



How to throw Darts - Stance
How to throw Darts - Aim and Throw
High Scoring
Checkouts & Doubles
Improving Your Accuracy
Match Warm-up
180! Around the Clock Game
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