Long gone are the days when a dart point is a simple steel tip on a dart. Dart players lead by their TV pro counter-parts have engaged in vast technical changes that suit each player’s individual demands, at the business end of the dart.
We take a look at exactly why and “What is the point?”
Historically, new points started to appear on the market in response to home-made prototypes that top players were to starting to use. The early points tended to be geared on providing grip right where the barrel and the point met, thus providing a perfect reference point for those that hold the dart at this exact point.
From these early incarnations demand for a plethora of points rapidly out-stripped the ability of manufacturers to keep up with this seemingly ignored category.
Fast forward and in response to the increased demand, there now exists nigh-on hundreds of point options ready to suit whatever dart players demand from the sharpest end of the game.
In assessing what point could help your game, it is vital that you understand exactly what you want your points to perform.
The key areas that all specialist points fulfil are:
- Finger grip placement
- Dartboard retention
- Reduce dart-on-dart deflections
- Reduce dart-on-wire deflections
Once you’ve highlighted exactly why you need more than standard points, you can then look into the plethora of options available. And to help you in this quest, we asked a couple of our top pros to give you some guidelines.
Peter “Snakebite” Wright
“What’s the point Peter!?”
“Very good question as my points can change relative to the set of darts and the set-up that I’m using not to mention exactly where and under which conditions I’m playing.
Peter went on to elaborate, saying; “Sometimes I’ll need a shorter point so that it counter-acts the longer and lighter barrel of a dart I may be using as shorter points fly straighter but the trade-off is less board retention and treble area to aim at”.
Peter has used the Raptor point, as it enables him to get as many impact advantages as possible whilst allowing him to flight his darts exactly as he sees but always subject to change depending on the exact conditions.
Gerwyn “Iceman” Price
“What’s the point Gezzy!?”
“Being totally honest I’ve never changed my points setup in the last five years since being custom-fit at Red Dragon, and I’ve never had any issues with grip or bounce-outs of any kind so iguess I can consider myself very lucky that It’s just a standard point for me.”
So with points seemingly being the hottest topic in darts right now, it leaves YOU the option to consider if a point change can help your game.
You can view our full selection of points by clicking here.