Category Archives: Darts Psychology

Darts: Mark Dudbridge – The Five Second Rule

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It’s the first night of the World Matchplay, at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Mark Dudbridge is 9-7 up, against Wayne Mardle. And, he has five chances at a double, to take the match. Unfortunately for Dudbridge, he misses them all. Mardle, then proceeds to come back from the brink of defeat, to snatch an unlikely 11-9 win. It’s a match… Read more »

Darts: Phil Taylor – The Power of Nine

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So James Wade takes another TV title, with an accomplished display, to see off the spirited challenge of American, Gary Mawson. But the UK Open will be remembered, for a classic nine dart finish from Phil Taylor, in his fourth round match with Jamie Harvey. This is the fourth time, in five years, that Taylor has produced the perfect nine… Read more »

Darts: Kirk Shepherd – The Flag

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So Kirk Shepherd was unable to rediscover the fearlessness that characterised his adventure into the World Darts Final. The first clues that this seemed a step too far for the sheet metal worker, came as he made his way onto the main stage. Kirk brought the flag of St. George with him. He waved it at the crowd in a… Read more »

Darts: Kirk Shepherd – Fearless!

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It had been expected that Wayne Mardle, three times beaten semi-finalist, would prove too strong for the qualifier Kirk Shepherd in tonight’s semi-final. But the form book was overturned. Kirk Shepherd played without fear. Nothing To Lose + Supreme Confidence = Fearlessness. For Wayne Mardle the weight of expectation was too much. Spirited in defeating Phil Taylor in the quarter… Read more »

Darts: Raymond Van Barneveld – Zen!

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So Raymond Van Barneveld is using Zen meditation techniques to improve his concentration. There is much sense in this. In darts there can be high degrees of pressure. A small target. A double to win the leg. Little margin for error. It’s easy to get down on yourself if you miss a double and let your opponent in. Van Barneveld’s… Read more »