In a brand new series of Live Darts TV, former Players Champion and World Cup of Darts finalist Paul Nicholson brings you a selection of exclusive masterclass videos to help take your game to the next level.

Have you ever wanted to be better than your pub team and move to the next level? Or are you just trying to become the best player on your team? Or perhaps you are new to the game and just starting out? Either way you are now in the right place to begin the journey on how to become a better dart player. 

This series of videos focuses on the key areas of the game, from stance and eye domination to grip, release and practice routines, as well as covering important aspects within the mental side of the sport.

Each episode features expert advice from 'The Asset' - who regularly analyses matches for various TV and radio stations and has an extensive knowledge drawn upon from a decade of competing at the highest level.

Lesson One: Posture & Stance

A run through of the basics of how to stand while throwing your darts. In lesson one, Paul will show you the best way to approach and stand at the oche. 

This ranges from front and back leg position to staying still and adopting the correct body posture. This will give you the fundamentals of the base you need to play darts.

"What we want people to do is have a solid base with the stance and make sure that we can do something with it to make sure that there's no injuries because you're going to be throwing a lot of darts," Paul explains.

Lesson Two: Grip

In this episode, Paul will guide you through the fundamentals of darts grip, including how to decipher your own unique grip, placement in the throwing hand and changing your grip according to a specific set of darts. 

"I would say to someone who's just starting out, when you first pick up a dart, hold it like a pen. Over the course of time, the more you throw and feel comfortable with the dart in your fingertips, the grip will evolve," Paul explains.

Lesson Three: Sighting

In this episode, Paul will guide you through the basics of sighting your darts prior to release, including how to decipher which is your dominant eye, as well as how to address the oche and prepare for aiming at the intended target.

"We're going to use the dominant eye as the aiming point. The start of the throw comes from the dominant eye so we have to do a small test," Paul explains. 

"The way to do this is to hold a dart in front of your eye and if you close your right eye and the dart moves in your vision, that means you're right-eye dominant but if it does not move, it means you are left-eye dominant." 

Lesson Four: Release

In this episode, Paul talks you through a useful beginner drill to help discover the most effective way of throwing darts, involving a dominant eye focus on the bullseye at the centre of the board and a pointing motion to mimic the throwing action.

Lesson Five: Choosing the right equipment

In episode five, Paul outlines the importance of identifying the correct flight, stem, barrel and points in accordance with your grip and throwing style and using trial and error to find out what works for you.

Lesson Six: Practice games for entry level

In episode six, Paul talks through some of the most popular practice games and routines to test out at beginner level, including Bob's 27, Singles and the system used in the Junior Darts Corporation. 

Utilising these warm-ups will help establish consistency in both scoring and finishing and aid focus on aiming for small targets.

Lesson Seven: How to prepare for tournaments

In episode six, Paul shares his advice on how best to prepare for tournaments, including when to arrive at the venue, familiarising yourself with the running of the tournament and how to structure your practice before and in between matches.

Drawing upon his own experience, Paul says: "You've got to start on the right foot, and by that I mean you've got to be early. You want to take the stress out of the situation by being there in plenty of time."

Lesson Eight: Advanced practice games

In episode eight, Paul Nicholson talks through some of the most popular practice games and routines to test out at advanced level, including Transition, 1000 and Ten Up, One Down.

Lesson Nine: What to do if things are going wrong

In episode nine, Paul Nicholson discusses the most effective ways of dealing with problems within your game, including confidence issues, identifying weaknesses and your mental approach.

Lesson Ten: Ten top tips for darts success

In the final episode of Masterclass Series One, Paul Nicholson runs through his ten top tips for becoming successful at darts, from sacrifice to motivation, dedication and more. 

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