Diary of a Dart Player – Hoping to bring the best darts I’ve ever played from practice board to PDC

AFTER yet another shocking six-hour trip up to Barnsley a couple of weeks ago, I was looking forward to a Pro Tour weekend, and hopefully some long overdue success.

I consider that I’m playing the best darts I’ve ever played at present, but that is no good unless I can take it to the biggest stage. My practice went superbly; up against Justin Pipe playing our practice routines, my scoring was awesome.

He came out second best, but did get his own back in our race to 21 bullseyes. Unfortunately for me, my practice game is deserting me when the real action begins.

For some reason this is only in the PDC competitions. Maybe I’m just putting too much pressure on myself by wanting success, because elsewhere, I am playing with real confidence. My matches over the weekend were both first round losses, but it wasn’t as though I didn’t get chances to win, especially on Saturday. We spent a few days in the Lake District following Barnsley, which was nice: weather and food good!

As I’ve said earlier, elsewhere I am playing well. In the super league I currently sit at the top of the league averages in the East Division, and that despite having played one match less than many others. Also, in the Rileys Hastings Singles League, the results are going great. Adrian Gray, myself, Shayne Burgess and Mick Evans sit in the top four positions. If the positions stay the same we will be heading off to the regional finals later in the year.

I am now only three weeks away from having further surgery on my right knee, which is just as well, because the last week has seen it deteriorate significantly, so much so that I can’t walk up stairs or hills properly any more. I won’t be out of action for long following the surgery, so will hopefully be back on the board within a week.