Speedy Services darts ambassador Mark Webster knows a thing or two about working his way up the leagues as an amateur. The talented left-hander used to play in local darts competitions in various north Wales pubs before his talent eventually propelled him to a world championship title and a top 10 ranking in the PDC. So with the Speedy Services UK Open a matter of days away, Webby is in the perfect position to give five top tips to all Speedy qualifiers in an attempt to sharpen their games and realise their dreams in the ‘FA Cup of Darts.’

  • Practice! If there’s one tip I could give players then it’s to practice! It is no coincidence that Phil Taylor is the world’s best player when he puts in more hours on the practice board than anyone else. At times your game might hit a brick wall, but believe it or not, you can hit new highs through the experience gained on your practice board.
  • Don’t be afraid to lose. In an individual one-on-one sport like darts, losing is inevitable at some point. As the great Michael Jordan once said during his basketball career:
    “I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
  • Play in a team. I played for my local pub team and it sharpened me up. The competition is great for your game, as is the experience of being on an oche with a bit at stake. Do it, and your game will improve.
  • Try to keep still. Look at the best players and they tend to keep still when they throw. Try to keep your head as still as possible and make sure your arm is the only part of your body moving. There are always exceptions to this rule, but it has always stood me in good stead.
  • Experiment, but not on the match board! I don’t think it is a bad thing to experiment with your flights, stems or even throwing style in an attempt to improve, but just don’t do it in a match. Try to keep it to your practice board and keep your mind as uncluttered as possible in the games that matter. Concentrating purely on the target when you’re playing a game is vital.
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