Inspired by Mensur Suljovic i have decided to focus on the importance of using a player for inspiration but not Imitation.
I am referring to try and copy another players throw or action.
It is easily done, you see a player having MAJOR success so you go and buy the darts and attempt to copy their throw........usually with terrible results.
Every play her a natural grip and throw, and it is this natural action that should be refined. Trying to imitate another player (unless they are VERY similar in everything to you) will only lead to a bad copy.
Its easily done and i am no different. As previously posted i have used the majority of darts and setups of pro's old and new and every time it has worked either only marginally or not at all.
I bought a set of 26g Unicorn Phil Taylor Rosso's and used his exact setup (inc those tiny flights). I rehearsed his throw and release and then made my way to the dartboard.
The results were horrendous and many never even made it to the board. I spent 1 hour desperately trying to get all 3 on the board. It never happened!!!!!!
The obvious lesson being is that having Taylor darts and using a Taylor styled throw wont make you Taylor!!!!
I knew it beforehand but like many theirs always the temptation to try something that's worked (albeit for someone else)
Ithen went back to my previous darts and throw and first 3 darts hit 100!
You name it iv'e tried it from 16g Priestley's to the classic 22g Bristows and all felt wrong.
I have even tried to follow the John Lowe way in his book (Lowe probably having the best darts action ever) however despite the 'sense', 'logic' and mechanical perfection it should in theory result in, it just doesn't work for me 1 iota.
The reality, i throw my way and i have to otherwise it doesn't work.
There are so many players out there and they all throw different as we are all different. The bottom line is if it works for you then that's your throw. It doesn't have to be pretty, as long as its effective!
Just look at Mensur Suljovic (7th in world) or the great Jocky Wilson!