Professionals dart players always need to be prepared – but when heading off to a pro match, what do they carry around in their cases? Most professional darts players’ cases are filled with one or two unexpected things, but each case is customized to its own individual needs.
Let’s see what we can find out!
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Here are the contents of a pro darts player’s case at a glance. Of course, not all of them will choose to carry all of these items but these are all the possibilities. It’s important that you adapt the contents of your own darts case to suit YOUR needs.
- Spare sets of darts
- Spare shafts (stems)
- Spare flights
- Spare barrels
- Hand warmer
- Family photos
1. The Case
There are lots of cases to choose from but generally, a case with good protection for your darts and enough space for everything you need are the main qualities to look for. How the case looks is also important.
The size of the case will depend on how many darts they prefer to carry and also if they want to be able to fit it into a pocket.
Firstly and most importantly, darts. The whole point of the pro players’ darts case is to safely transport their darts wherever they have to go.
Most players have a set of 3 darts in their case and then a bunch of spare parts in case anything breaks. However, some players like to have several complete sets of darts in their cases.
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3. Spare Flights
Spare flights are essential as it’s the most delicate part of darts and are much more likely to be damaged. Some players also like to carry various color combinations.
4. Spare Shafts (Stems)
Less likely to happen than problems with flights, but having extra shafts is super important in case of breakage mid-game.
5. Darts Sharpener
Most players don’t use a sharpener very often, but it’s always good to have in case you only have one set of barrels and a dart tip takes a nasty ding on the ground.
With a sharpener, they can quickly smooth it out and restore the point so that it’ll stick in the board as expected.
6. Spare Barrels
Some pro players like to have extra barrels handy in case something goes wrong with their main set. These will be identical in weight and type to the originals.
Many players keep some wax in their case. They use it to help with grip particularly when it’s hot and hands are sweaty.
When using wax they will generally keep it in the same side pocket of their trousers as their throwing hand. Then between shots, they can pop throwing hand into pocket and get a little wax on there to help with their grip.
8. Family Photo
Sometimes players carry pictures of their loved ones in their darts case – and why not?! What’s a better motivator before starting a match than to check in with those who cheer you on the most.
It’s important to remember that darts is largely a game about mindset and getting this right is a big part of a player’s success.
9. Hand Warmer
Now retired champion Pro darts player Glen Durant used to carry a hand warmer in his darts case! He liked with play with warm hands and this was obviously something that really affected his game when his hands were cold. This would improve circulation and help with control and feel when throwing.
Other Things You May Find Useful
There are a few other things that the professional darts player might not need in their case that you may find useful.
- Check out card – if you’ve not learned all your favourite finishes, this is a great way to keep the info handy.
- O-rings and flight punch – If you need ot replace flights and want them super secure, this might be for you.
- Soft tips – you can always have your soft tip darts in your case, ready to play in the pub.
- Chalk – in case the place where you are playing has none to score with.
- Broken shaft remover – this will save you having to lug around extra barrels as you can quickly remove broken shafts and replace with your spares. They are small, light and an easy addition to a darts case.
- Extra darts for friends – not everyon ehas their own darts so you might want to bring along some extra for friends.
What you choose to carry in your darts case is a personal decision but it’s also fun to check out what the pros carry in their darts cases to make sure you don’t miss a trick!
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