Stop Darts from Falling Out: A Quick Fix for Frustration

Dartboard with darts and cricket score board

Whether you’re playing 501, Cricket, or any dart game, there’s nothing more annoying than hitting your mark only to have the dart fall out. There’s a surprisingly simple solution to this common frustration that doesn’t involve complicated technology.

Traditional dartboards, crafted from cardboard or sisal of various thicknesses, can lead to darts falling out due to the polished steel tips that occur over time with use. The fix, however, lies in a straightforward solution that can enhance your dartboard experience. Please note that this tip is specifically for traditional dartboards, not safety or electronic ones with plastic dart tips.

To prevent darts from falling or popping out, rough up the dart tip to allow it to grip the fibers of the dartboard as it enters. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Materials Needed:
    Gather a piece of fine emery cloth and ensure you have a flat surface to work on.
  2. Prepare the Emery Cloth:
    Lay the emery cloth flat on the surface, creating a workspace for the next steps.
  3. Rough Up the Dart Tip:
    Run the dart tip over the emery paper a few times while applying downward pressure with your finger. Keep in mind that hardened steel may require significant pressure to create the necessary roughness.
  4. Run your fingers over the tip of the dart and feel for roughness. Repeat the process if it is still smooth

By roughing up the dart tip using fine emery cloth, you can ensure a better grip on the board’s fibers, preventing frustrating moments of darts falling out.

Your dart should stick to the board and you will feel some resistance when removing it. Enjoy your game without the annoyance of lost points, and keep hitting those bullseyes!

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