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Article: Rapid Mid Match Flight and Shaft Change Fires Peter Wright into Matchplay Quarter-Finals

Rapid Mid Match Flight and Shaft Change Fires Peter Wright into Matchplay Quarter-Finals

Peter Wright opened the first session of his World Matchplay showdown with Joe Cullen impressively. Armed with DRX aluminium shafts and slim Hardcore flights he led 3-0 with strong scoring.

Joe Cullen managed to battle back and reduce the deficit to 3-2 as the players both headed into the break, with Peter looking slightly frustrated with some of his darts at the tail end of the fifth leg.

This switch to the slightly heavier aluminium shafts and slim flights, which have reduced drag through their flight, produced the effect of the angle of entry for darts sitting flatter in the dartboard for Peter.

Snakebite said “After the first session, I wanted to tinker ever so slightly the angle of entry and not have such a flat throw into the board, it gives me the feeling that I can place the darts into the dartboard more.

“It was working well but I felt the angle had gone just that little bit too flat. There are so many factors to take into account, obviously it’s scorching hot in Blackpool at the moment and with how my arm was feeling I just wasn’t 100% satisfied

“When I saw Joe coming back at the end of the first session, it felt natural for me to switch back to my more familiar carbon fibre stems and standard flights for that added stability through the air... and it definitely worked.”

Peter has been looking for this flat angle of entry effect for quite a while, going back to the journey and experimentation he made during his run to the 2014 PDC World Championship finals.

During that time Peter was armed with his torpedo profiled Snakebite 3 dart and custom trimmed-down flight shape which gave him a much flatter entry and “stacking” effect on the trebles.

In the practice room the darts were flying into the board superbly, however, they also reacted differently when Peter got on stage with the conditions and heat at the time – making it a tough conundrum for Peter to solve.

Peter adapted perfectly on-stage last night, taking this previous experience and applying it as he switched back to his Players Championship 20 winning formula of Crossfire short shafts and striking 100-micron Hardcore standard Snakebite flights.

Normal play was then resumed as Snakebite fired himself back into 6-3 and 9-4 leads, with some imperious scoring and his signature deadly finishing, especially on D16, as he averaged a staggering 105.46.

Peter said “The Euro 11 gold darts are really starting to feel like they belong in my hand, the diamond grip gives me fantastic fell under-pressure and I can really feel myself going to new levels with these.

“It’s not just a colour change on the barrel, the coating gives it an ever so slightly softer feel in the hand which is faultless, plus visually in the board they stand out so well I can hone in and group them perfectly in the trebles.”

Ever the master tinkerer, will Peter stick with the Euro 11 Gold darts? We just don’t know. What we do know is they were fantastic for him last night under pressure and we wish Peter all the best for the rest of the tournament.

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