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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots - 2-Dart Outs

77 - 61 


When you have two darts left in your hand and your opponent is sitting on an out shot, your primary objective is to get a shot at a double with your last dart, even if that double is a bull.


77 - t15, d32.  Another good option is t19, d20.


76 - t20, d8.  I really can't think of anything else worth mentioning.


75 - t17, d12.  Other good options include t15, d15 and t13, d18


74 - t14, d16 is still the best combination.  I would be OK with t18, d20 if you prefer that.


73 - t19, d8. 


72 - t20, d6 or t16, d12. T12, d18 is a worthy mention too.


71 - t17, d20 or t13, d16.


70 - t20, d5.  No other option... ever.  A single 20 will leave you a shot at double bull.


69 - t19, d6.  Same concept as 70 left.


68 - t18, d7.  Are you seeing the concept?


67 - t17, d8.


66 - t16, d9.


65 - t115, d10.


64 - t14, d11.

 

63 - t13, d12.


62 - t12, d13.


61 - t11, d14


I think I will stop here.  Anybody with a fifth grade education can figure it out from here.  I do want to mention something about taking out numbers under 61.  Consider what is next door to the wedge you are throwing at.  For instance: You have 46 remaining.  You may be inclined to throw at the 14 to leave 32, but missing that wedge on either side will not leave a double.  The better shot is the 6/10 wedge because you are effectively doubling the surface area of your target.  Throw at the wire between the two wedges and reduce the risk of not leaving a finish.


Learn your outs and commit them to memory.  Shooting at out shot combinations should be part of your daily practice until these are natural to you.  Once you know these, you'll maintain that memory by shooting events regularly.  Discussing these with other players also helps retain these, and you may even learn something new.


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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

149 - 140


In my first installment, I talked about "stacking" and why it is easier to place two darts in the same triple segment than two separate triple segments.  In 1993 I was playing in a 4-person team event at a tournament in Kenai.  The game was 1001 DO/DO.  In one game, my teammate had left me 180.  My first two darts landed in the triple 20 to leave 60 with one dart in my hand.  I instinctively shot at the single 20 area above the triple with my last dart.  As you have probably guessed by now, I hit another triple 20 and busted the remaining score.  The front of the flight on my last dart had caught the back of the flight on one of the darts in the triple 20 and sucked it right in there.  We went on to loose that game and the match, and I learned a few hard lessons from that experience.  I think it was then that I really appreciated what stacking was and how well it works.


Deciding which combinations work best for you will be a trial and error exercise until you have tried and memorized every one.  One very important thing to remember on shots with multiple options is to make up your mind before you approach the oche.


149 - t20, t19, d16.  Just because you are at an odd number, doesn't mean you need an odd triple with your first dart.  I suppose, if you are a 19-shooter, you would throw your first dart at the triple 19.


148 - t20, t20, d14 is my preference.  Here is where the discussion gets controversial.  Most out charts (and players) will say t20, t16, t20.  Both are great outs when they are executed as planned, but the two triple 20's utilize stacking.  If you just really hate throwing at a double 14, you may consider t18, t18, d20 (it's the stacking thing again).


147 - t20, t17, d18 is the shot that 9 out of 10 darters recommend (including myself).  An option for you 19 shooters is t19, t18, d18.


146 - t20, t18, d16 or t19, t19, d16.  When you are practicing, I recommend that you try ten turns at each and see which option sees you throwing at a double with your third dart the most often.  Me... I can't help starting with the 20's.


145 - t20, t15, d20 is really the best option.  I always shoot the t20 first, but don't fault anyone if they want to start with the t15.


144 - t20, t20, d12 or t18, t18, d18 are the shots.  I think the advantage lies with shooting t20's just because you have probably been shooting at them every turn leading up to this point.


143 - Only two real options here.  Your pick... t20, t17, d16 or t19, t18, d16.


142 - My choice among many... t20, t20, d11.  The other good ones are t17, t17, d20 and t19, t19,d14.  The one you see attempted the most is t20, t14, d20.  I think this option has a player making too many adjustments to be consistently successful, but it's on most out charts.


141 - This is the out you will likely arrive at by shooting perfect darts with your first two turns.  Most out charts say t20, t19, d12, which is the way I shoot it.  It is also the way Paul Lim shot it to finish his perfect 501 game on live TV.  Another popular one among out charts is t20, t15, d18.  Both these combinations have a player moving all over the board to complete them.  The shot that may have the most success may be the one that John Lowe used to complete his famous nine-dart game on live TV - t17, t18, d18.  According to some published players on the subject, any out shot combination that has you shooting a straight line up the board is the easier shot. 


140 - t20, t20, d10.  I am mildly surprised to see this one on many out charts.  The other shot is t20, t16, d16, and if I have a comfortable lead, I'll take this route because of my preference for the double 16.  If you really like double top, I see no reason not to try t20, d20, d20.


The controversy only gets hotter from here.  With the selection of combinations available to players with 139 left, the next installment should present plenty of points for discussion.



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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

115 - 104


To this point, we have been discussing three dart outs.  It is important for you to know as we get into numbers 110 and lower, that there are different out shots depending on whether you have three darts in hand or two.  For now, I am assuming that you at the oche with three darts.  When we finish our discussion of out shots through 61 (for three darts in hand), I'll continue with some more installments of two dart outs from 110 to 5.


115 - t15, t20, d5.  I have this overwhelming urge to shoot at the 15 first, so I do.  I think most players do.  The critical aspect of this combination is the 15.  You must hit a single or a triple (even a double) with that first dart to have a shot at a double.  A triple 10 would also leave you a finish, but anything else around that triple 15 is unforgiving.  Consider dB, sB, d20.  It doesn't matter which bull you hit first, but one needs to be a double and the other a single to make it work.


114 - t20, s14, d20.  Really nothing else I like for this.


113 - t19, s16, d20.  I am going to shoot at that triple 16 with my second dart because I prefer double 4 over double top, but the single will do.


112 - t20, s20, d16.  This shot can be dangerous, and many players will advise your second dart to be at the 12 so you don't inadvertently hit another triple 20 to bust.  I like 32 so much that I will take the chance, but I've been bitten with busting it with my second dart.


111 - t20, s19, d16.  If you are a 19 shooter, t19, s14, d20 offers a combination that works up the board nicely.


110 - t20, s18, d16 or t20, s10, d20.  Probably not a big deal if you want to throw at the double bull with your second dart, but if you don't hit it, odds are you won't be left with a double.  I think that if I am likely to only get one dart at a double, I'll leave an easier double.


109 - t20, s17, d16.  Resist the urge to shoot odd with that first dart, even if you are a 19 shooter.


108 - t20, s16, d16 or t16, s20, d20.  I like the first combination for the double, but I like the second one for it's contingencies.  If you hit anything within a 2-1/2" radius of the triple 16, you will leave a two-dart out.


107 - t19, s18, d16 or t19, s10, d20.  Like 110, you can throw your second dart at the double bull.


106 - t20, s14, d16 or t20, t10, d8.  I've only recently starting shooting at the triple 10 with my second dart.  A single 10 leaves 36.


105 - t20, s13, d16.  Never throw your first dart at anything else.  Hit anything within a 2-1/2" radius of the triple 20 and you still have an out shot.


104 - t18, s18, d16 or t16, s16, d20.  At the 1992 Easy Money Open, in Lexington, KY, I had a 45 minute discussion/debate about this out with Frank Pratt (a.k.a. Dr. Dart).  Frank said triple 16 with the first dart because of the 2-1/2" radius thing and I argued 18's because I like the double 16.  Frank makes a good point.  The best thing, for you, might be to try it each way 10 times and track how many times you get a shot at a double.


I would love to hear other ideas if you have these.  .  Next installment will be 103 - 88.


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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

76 - 61


76 - t20, d8.  If I single the 20, I shoot right at the triple 16 with my next dart.


75 - t17, d12.  A worthy mention is t15, d15.


74 - t14, d16.


73 - t19, d8.


72 - t20, d6 is my preference, but t16, d12 and t12, d18 is what you'll find on most out charts and are probably the best combinations for most.  I prefer the triple 20 with my first dart because I figure I have been shooting there most of the game and have my best chance of hitting my triple.  I know double 6 isn't a preference for many, but I like it. 


71 - t17, d10.


70 - t18, d8.  I didn't always think this way.  I used to shoot my first dart at triple 10, but I think my preference for d16/d8 changed that over time.  However, the t10, d20 combination is a very good one that works for many players. 


69 - t19, d6 or t15, d12.  I like both.


68 - t20, d4.        67 - t17, d16.        66 - t10, d18.        65 - t11, d16.       64 - t16, d8.        63 - t13, d24.


62 - t18, d4.  A couple months ago, I was watching a PDC match and saw a player shoot the triple 18 first, and after thinking about it, I like it.  I used to think the only options were t10, d16 or t12, d18.  These are still good options, but I think the t18, d4 is the best one.


61 - t15, d8.


To this point, we have been considering combinations when you have three darts in hand.  However, sometimes our first dart does not land where we intended.  When that happens, many of these combinations should change, depending on where you opponent is at on the scoreboard.


A hundred years ago (actually it was just over 20 years ago) my wife asked me to make her an out chart that she could keep in her pocket during dart tournaments.  Her stipulation was that I had only one combination per number and not offer any alternatives.  This is not an easy request, since certain situations may require certain combinations in order to give you the best opportunity to finish.  However, after much deliberation, I was able to deliver on her request and she received a document that I felt were the BEST combinations.  So, for the past 11 years you may have noticed that Michele keeps an out chart in the right rear pocket of her jeans during tournaments (maybe it wasn't the out chart you were looking at).  Anyway, if you ever get a chance to look at it, you'll noticed that it is titled "Michele's Out-Chart".  If you want a copy of it, just send me an email and I will send you the Word document it is on.  That way, you can make any changes to your preference.


Now we'll move on to two-dart outs, meaning situations where you are looking at your remaining score with just two darts left in your hand.  I can't think of a reason to start this discussion with anything over 90.




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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

139 - 130


Most dart players shoot at the 20 for scoring.  By that, I mean that they shoot at the triple 20 from the start of their '01 game until they are at an out shot.  For this reason, I recommend that players shoot at the triple 20 first for any combination that has a triple 20 in it.  If you are one of the not-so-rare players that shoot at the 19's for score, you should shoot at the triple 19 first for any combination that has a triple 19 in it.  With all that said, let's start with the ever-controversial 139 out.


139 - The shot is t20, t19, d11.  Some out charts will have t20, t13, d20.  I think that if you are that intent at getting to a double 20, try t17, t16, d20, especially if you are a cricket player.  The transition from the 17's to 16's is a natural Cricket transition.


138 - Stay away from that triple 18.  My choice, when I think about it, is t19, t19, d12.  Nothing wrong with t20, t18, d12, and you'll even see me shoot it that way many times, but when the game is on the line I think your best odds are at the 19's.  Other choices worthy of mentioning are t20, t20, d9 and t17, t17, d18.


137 - Now you can shoot at that 19 with your first dart.  I like the easy adjustments in t19, t16, d16.  I like it so much, it's not worth mentioning other alternatives.


136 - t20, t20, d8.  For you 19 shooters... t19, t19, d11.


Welcome to the bulls eye.  You will see me mention the bulls eye more often from this point on.  It is the largest spot on the board and an easy focus point.  In many cases, a single bull with your first dart leaves a two-dart out while a double bull may leave an easier path to a double.


135 - dB, t15, d20.  You won't see me start it any other way.  If you only single the bull with your first dart, you still have a two-dart out.


134 - t17, t17, d16 is the best shot.  It has all the right moves; two darts at the same triple, a normal cricket transition, and a very popular double.  Still, I tend to start with the 20's most of the time since that is usually what I have been shooting at the whole game.  You'll also find that most out-charts recommend t20, t14, d16.


133 - t20, t19, d8.  An honorable mention is t20, t11, d20.


132 - dB, t14, d20 provides an easy adjustment from the bull to the triple 14, and a single bull with your first dart leaves a two-dart out.  If I am going to start out with that route, I prefer dB, dB, d16, but that probably isn't the best shot for most.  I can still be found attempting t20, t12, d18 or t20, t16, d12, but percentages favor your first dart at the bull.


131 - t17, t16, d16.  This is similar to the 137 out, except that it has a NCT (Natural Cricket Transition).


130 - t20, t20, d5 when you really need to finish.  If you single the 20 with either dart, you still have a shot at the double bull out.  If your opponent doesn't have a shot at finishing on his next turn, you can try t20, t18, d8 or t20, t10, d20.  I recommend t19, t19, d8 if you prefer 19's.  In fact, the two triple 19's are probably easier hit than two different triples and leaves a beautiful double 8.


My email address is jeff@targetalaska.com for those of you that would like to argue/discuss any of these outs.  I thoroughly enjoy these discussions and am amazed, that after almost 30 years of playing darts, I still can change my thinking on outs.




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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

170-150


The parody of most '01 games is that you must double out.  If you have played darts for any length of time, you have undoubtedly experienced various aspects of this parody, from being stuck on a double one to miraculously checking out on that 149 (or whatever your number was).  Some players check out more often, and more consistently, than others.  Those players can do this because they know their outs.  When I started out writing about this subject, I recalled how I first learned my outs.  Paul Muir wrote all the out shot combinations from 170 to 41 on two sides of a single sheet of paper.  Several of these numbers had more than one combination.  This is because different combinations work for different people.  I could go on and on with the theories and mental conditioning involved with knowing outs, but I'll not bore you with all that.  Rather, let's analyze these one at a time.  Many of these outs will have several combinations that will work.  I will point out the best combinations for each, give you the logic behind it, and give you my personal preference.


The first two can only be taken out by a single set of combinations.


170 - t20, t20, dB              167 - t20, t19, dB


Almost every player knows these two outs, but often neglects to set themselves up for them.  For instance, you have a remaining score of 269.  Dart #1 hits a single 20.  Dart #2 hits a triple 20.   You chuck the third dart back at the 20's because you are already there and score another single 20.  Wrong!  You just left 169 and there isn't any three-dart out for that one.  Had you thrown the third dart at the triple 19, a 57 would have left 122 and a single 19 would have left 170.  Both leave you an opportunity to finish the game on your next turn.  You need to be thinking about outs while you are in the 200's.  It's difficult at first, but comes naturally after a while.


164 - Almost all out charts will show t20, t18, dB, but if 19's are your number, consider t19, t19, dB.  There is a term in darts called "stacking" that makes shooting two triple 19's a good option for this out.  Stacking is where a dart, or darts, are used for placing another dart.  What happens is that the front of the flight of the dart thrown contacts the back of the flight of a dart that is in the board, and tips the second dart towards the point of the one already in the board.  If the dart in the board is in a triple 19, it is easier to get another one in there using the stacking method.  I almost always start with the triple 20 out of habit.


The next six require no discussion.


161 - t20, t17, dB          160 - t20, t20, d20         158 - t20, t20, d19


157 - t20, t19, d20         156 - t20, t20, d18         155 - t20, t19, d19


154 - t20, t18, d20 or t19, t19, d20.  Just like 164, but double out on the 20 instead of the bull.


153 - t20, t19, d18.  I usually prefer combinations that start with a triple 20.  I figure that I have been shooting there the entire game, and my best odds at hitting a triple will be there.


152 - t20, t20, d16.  One of my favorites.


151 - t20, t17, d20.  Sometimes I see players shoot at the 17 with their first dart.  It doesn't matter much, except that I think it's easier to start with the 20's.  Should you single a 17 with your first dart, what's left? ...............................It's much easier to subtract 20 from any number.


150 - t20, t18, d18 or t19, t19, d18 to utilize the stacking technique.


From here, the out shot combinations begin to get controversial.  So, I will make one disclosure.  What may be best for one player, may not be for another.  In time, you will know what combinations are yours.  Next installment we'll consider outs for 149-140.




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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

87 - 77


"Good judgment is usually learned from experience,

and most of that comes from bad judgment"

Will Rogers


Like many things in life, we learn some of our best lessons by trial and error.  I expect that many of us have learned our outs that way.  Try to gain your experience with out shots on your practice board instead of at the next tournament.  When I practice, I start with 100 and work my way down one number at a time.  I shoot at each number until I take it out in one turn, then move on to the next number.  I will try a different combination on an out if I am stuck on it for very long.  By doing this, I have figured out the best combinations for me and committed them to memory.


87 - t17, d18.  Triple 17 your first dart gives you the best odds of a shot at a double.


86 - dB, d18.  If you are far enough ahead in the game, a t18, d16 is a very nice option.


85 - dB, s3, d16.  I know that sounds weird, but let me explain.  Almost every out chart will say t15, d20, and if you really like double top, this is probably your best option.  Shooting at the double bull first dart leaves me some great chances at a easy double, where the t15, d20 option leaves me the double bull if I don't hit any triples.  If I hit that double bull with the first dart, I leave myself 35.  I can hit a s3 to leave d16 or a s19 to leave d8.


84 - t20, d12.  If you single the 20, try t14, d6.  If you single the 14 with your second dart, you have a shot at the double Bull.


83 - t17, d16.  If you single the 17, try t16, d9.  If you single the 16 with your second dart you have a shot at the double Bull.


82 - dB, d16.  I have a story about 82.  In early 1992, Paul Muir and I were on a flight to Lexington, Kentucky for our first tournament outside of Alaska.  During the plane trip, while discussing outs with Paul, he asked me if I had ever thought of shooting the dB, d16 combination for 82 since I favor the double 16.  He pointed out that the single bull left 57 for an easy s17, d20 finish in the event I missed the double.  A few days later, while shooting against John Part and Doug Scanlon in the men's doubles at the Easy Money Open, Paul left me with 82 in the third leg of the match, and I was able to try out the shot for the first time.  We went on to the semi-finals and I have been sold on that shot ever since.


81 - t19, d12.  If that doesn't appeal to you, try t17, d10 or dB, s15, d8. 


80 - t20, d10.  If I have plenty of time, I'll try the traditional t16, d16.


79 - t19, d11.  I know that most out charts say t13, d20, but more times than not, it has me shooting at a double bull with my third dart (only because I miss the triple 13).  I think, even if you prefer double top, that the t19, d11, gives you the best chance of finishing.


78 - t18, d12.  I wouldn't really consider anything else.


77 - t19, d20.  If I have lots of time, I'll do what most out charts say and try the t15, d16 combination. 


Next installment will go fast.   With three darts in hand, the smart out shots are pretty obvious after 80.  We'll be talking about those two-dart out shots soon.




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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

129 - 116


If you haven't figured it out by now, I like the double 16. It just feels good and breaks down all the way to the double 1.  So, I tend to lean towards combinations that lead to 32.  I also like the double bull, especially if it's easy to get to.


One more thing needs to be mentioned.  Darts is a game of muscle memory and rhythm.  One of the best reasons for getting to know your outs is to maintain that rhythm during a game.  When you stop during a throw to calculate what that first dart just left you, you've broken that rhythm.  However, if you aren't sure what you have left after that first dart, you must stop and figure it out.  You will only do yourself a disfavor by throwing at the wrong double for a finish, or worst yet, busting a large remaining score.  On other occasions, you may block the line of site with your first dart and may want to move at the line to avoid a nasty deflection.


129 - t19, t16, d12 or dB, t19, d11.  A single with the first dart in either case leaves a 2-dart out.  I prefer the first one.


128 - t18, t14, d16 has all the right contingencies.


127 - The shot here is definitely t20, t17, d8.  Many players will shoot at the triple 19 just because they are odd and 57 is easy to subtract from 127.  If you actually it the triple 19, 70 is an excellent 2-dart leave.  However, if you only single the 19, your chances of finishing the game that turn is nil.  The t20-t17-d8 shot allows you to single with either your first or second dart and still have a shot at a double.


126 - t19, t19, d6 is the perfect combination.  I don't know why you would start any other way.


125 - dB, t17, d12 is my preference.  I think dB, t15, d15 is also a great combination.  I think there are too many wires in and around the bull for dB, sB, dB to be done with certainty, but I still try it once in a while because it would be such an awesome shot.


124 - t20, t14, d11 provides the best odds for a shot at a double, but I also like t20, t16, d8 and t20, t20, d2.


123 - t19, t16, d9.  It's an ugly double, but I'd rather have a shot at an ugly double than no double at all.  Your first should always be for the triple 19, but if you have time, try t19, t10, d18.  You might still end up with that double 9 anyway.


122 - dB, t16, d12 or sB, t19, d20.  Just depends where that first dart lands.


121 - t20, t11, d14.  The only other option I would consider is dB, t17, d10.


120 - t20, s20, d20.  No controversy here.


119 - t19, t12, d13 when you really need to finish.  When you have some time, try t19, t10, d16 or t19, t18, d4.


118 - t18, t14, d11.  Also worth mentioning is dB, t18, d7 only because of it's contingencies.


117 - t20, s17, d20.  Easy math.


116 - t20, t16, d4.  The only reason I say triple 16 on the second dart is to concentrate your focus.  The double 4 is nice, but a single 16 with dart two will leave double 20.


Finally, we will get into some numbers that don't require two triples to get to a double.  It would be nice if we could hit that triple with the first every time, but we don't.  We still need to shoot the combinations that allow the best opportunities to finish.




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A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots

103 - 88


Whoever designed the dartboard so that there are very small numbers on either side of the very large numbers would be happy with the anquish that has been afflicted on dart players everywhere from this evil arrangement.  Just because we are getting to some double-digit outs, doesn't necessarily mean that they are easier.  We have all, at one time or another, started out with three darts at ninety-something just to leave 89 after the last dart has been thrown.  This may be because we lost our rhythm, got nervous, or just bounced a dart (or darts) off a wire.  The key here is to stay in control.  We can't take back darts already thrown. Breath in through your nose and out your mouth.  Stay focused.  Some of these techniques come from practice, but the best lessons are learned by experience.  With all that said...


103 - t19, s14, d16.  A single 19 leaves a two dart out, as does anything around the triple 19.  Hit a single 1 while shooting at the triple 20, and you will not be finishing this turn.


102 - t20, s10, d32.  If you single the triple 20 with the first dart, stay there!  It is much easier to adjust to the triple 20 with your second dart than to move over to a triple 14, double bull, or any other number.  80 shot would leave double 11, which some may consider unorthodox, but it is a double that is nicely located on the left side of the board,  Since you are only going to get one dart at a double (at least on this turn) why not take a shot at the "friendly" double 11?


101 - t20, s9, d16.  Some out charts will direct your first dart at the triple 17.  This is a bad idea with three darts in your hand.  A single 2 with your first dart would end your chances to finish on this turn.  Odds favor your first dart at the 20.  If you had 101 left after your first dart, then the triple 17 is where you want to go with your second dart.  We'll talk about two-dart outs later.


100 - t20, d20.  There is really no better option.


99 - t19, s10, d16.  Again, there is not a better option.


98 - t20, d19.  I go out of my way not to leave this for me or a partner.  However, if I am approaching the oche with 98 remaining, and hit the triple 20 with my first dart, I go right at that double 19.  I advise not trying to change this with your second dart and risk missing the opportunity to shoot at a double.


97 - t19, d20.  I like the 90's.  Not the 1990's, but the out-shot combinations for 91-99.  They are not very controversial.


96 - t20, d18                95 - t19, d19                94 - t18, d20                93 - t19, d18                92 - t20, d16                91 - t17, d20


90 - t20, d15.  Finally, something we can talk about.  Another worthy option is dB, d20.  Remember, this is my recommendation with three darts in hand.


89 - t19, d16.  Got any better ideas?


88 - t20, d14.  Let's end this segment with some controversy.  I know your out-chart probably says triple 16 with your first dart.  It's wrong!  Try 10 turns at 88 your way and 10 turns my way and record how many darts you shoot at a double (you don't have to hit the double).  I'm sure you'll see it my way when you finish.


Recently, a good friend of mine just got back into darts after being away from the game for over 10 years.  One of his biggest struggles, has he gets back into the sport, is recalling out-shot combinations during a match.  As I have mentioned before, the best way to learn these is to practice them, but discussing out-shot combinations and thinking about them also helps ingrain these into your brain.  Learning these is more about memory than it is about math.




Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles about outshot combinations for steel-tip darts.  The series was first published by alaskadarts.com.  Steve Brown had a series of articles with the same name and subject matter in the Bulls Eye News, which is where I got my inspiration to write my series.  During the 90's I was able to play in several tournaments around Alaska and the lower 48.  I had the opportunity to visit with several players, including Steve Brown, about this subject.  I began to understand that, although the logic was similar, players developed personal preferences that worked for them, but may of not been the choice of other players.  This past weekend (May 20-22, 2016) I was at the Cooper Landing Classic dart tournament, and some players spoke about my series and thought it would be helpful to add it to my website.  After digging up the old piece and skimming over it, I see a few places that need updating, and other places where my thinking has changed over the years.  So, below is the second edition of "Check it Out".


Jeff's Darts


Check it Out

A Discussion of Steel-Tip Out Shots - 2-Dart Outs

90 - 76 


From this point forward, we are talking about 2-Dart outs.  That means that you have thrown your first dart and this is the remaining score with two darts in hand and your opponent's score is under 171.  If your opponent's score is over 170, or at a score that is impossible to finish in one turn, then you have more time/darts and it is not critical to finish the game on this turn.  However, most of the time you will find that your opponent's remaining score is comparable, or lower, than yours and it is imperative that you finish the game this turn as you may not get another.


90 - t20, d15.  The t18, d18 is still a good combination for this, but I think a first dart at the triple 20 is better.  You have probably been throwing at the triple 20 most of the game and may have a better "feel" for it.  If you lurch it into the double 20, you'll still have a shot at the double bull.


89 - t19, d16. 


88 - t16, d20.  With three darts in hand, I encouraged you to ignore most out charts and throw your first dart at triple 20.  However, now that you only have two darts to finish, I think it's better to throw the t16, d20 combination.


87 - t17, d18 is still the best combination.  I would be OK with t19, d15 if you prefer that.


86 - t18, d16.  This is one of those numbers I had you throwing your first dart at the Bull, but now with only two darts left, that is not the best option.  I'm OK with t20, d13.  It leaves you an ugly finish if you only single the 13, but you probably aren't getting another turn at it anyway.


85 - t15, d20.  I think t17, d17 is a worthy mention too.


84 - t20, d12.


83 - t17, d16.


82 - t20, d11 or t14, d20.  Your out chart probably suggest the later one.


81 - t19, d12.  Another worthy mention is t17, d15.


80 - t16, d16 is the best option, but t20, d10 is OK.


79 - t19, d11 or t13, d20.  Your out chart probably has the second option.  There are a couple other combinations that are not as conventional, so I won't mention them.


78 - t18, d12 or t20, d14.  For you cricket players, t16, d15 is worth considering.


77 - t15, d16 or t19, d10.


76 - t20, d16.


You have probably noticed that I haven't recommended throwing at the Bull for any of these 2-dart outs.  The primary reason is surface area.  The triples and doubles on the number segments have more surface area than the double bulls-eye, which gives you a better target.  As we continue the discussion, you'll start seeing the bulls-eye come into play.