If you are at the level where you are considering how to choose a dartboard, it means either you just discovered darts and found it to be a very interesting game, or you have been playing darts for a while and want to take things to the next level. Regardless of where you are coming from, the kind of dart board you will be playing on will determine how far you will go with darts, which in a way also determines how good you will ever be, at playing darts. With that in mind, this article will give you a few pointers on how to get yourself the dart board that will determine your future as a darts player. Whether you want to play darts for fun or you want to be a pro someday, there’s something for everyone.
The material of the dartboard will be significantly based on the level you are as a dart player and your pockets. Dart boards are made using different technologies as well as different materials for different impacts and results while playing the game. As far as technology is concerned, you are likely to come across electronic dart boards, magnetic dart boards, and other dartboards that don’t necessarily employ any significant technologies. As far as material is concerned, you are likely to come across bristle dart boards, coiled paper dart boards, wooden dart boards, and cork dartboards. Obviously, all these different materials employed in the construction of dart boards present various merits and demerits.
If you are a novice player, newbie, or amateur, and you are looking for a dartboard, go for magnetic, cork, and coiled paper dartboards. The reason is that these dartboards are more affordable, and won’t last very long. They are excellent for familiarizing oneself with the sport and determining whether one is willing to go all the way with the sport. If you are a child, or you are a parent investing in a dartboard, you may want to go specifically for the magnetic dartboard. This is essentially a toy and nothing that a serious dart player should want. If you are a serious player, start with the other two listed dartboards above (cork and coiled paper), and if you feel you want something more serious, either invest in an electronic dart board or go for something the pros go for; bristle dartboards.
The thickness or depth of the dartboard is another factor you want to consider. Bounce-outs is a term dart players use for when a dart bounces off the dart board and falls. Naturally, darts have sharp and pointy ends, which means they can be dangerous if they accidentally land on any part of a human being. Furthermore, what’s the point of hitting the bull’s eye only for your dart to fall off or bounce-out? Who will know you hit the bull’s eye if there’s no proof that you actually did it? So a thick enough dartboard will prevent unnecessary bounce-outs and will keep your dart in place so that your score can be recorded either electronically or manually; at least you’ll have a sure way of recording your score.
Good wiring in a dart board will prevent unnecessary bounce-outs. In a dart board, the wiring is done to distinguish the middle part of the board from the edges. Wiring should be implemented such that it’ll discourage bounce-outs. Most high-cost dart boards have their inner bullseye and wiring system free from staples. You can also go for dartboards with triangular edges and thin wires to increase your chances of hitting where you aimed and reducing bounce-outs. Good wiring is the difference between a quality dart board and a mediocre one, as well as a good player hitting their target.
It goes without saying that a quality dart board will have a reasonable warranty to back it up. If you have spent a lot of money on a dart board, then there at least has to be something that will give you the security of knowing that your money was well spent. Go for a warranty of at least one year. If you can get a longer period, the better.
High-end dart boards will not come cheap. Dart boards with the highest densities, best materials, excellent wiring, and assorted technologies and craftsmanship will be the most expensive. Be prepared to spend anywhere from $10 to above $100 on dart boards. Check out Peak Picker for a complete guide on the top dart boards on the market in 2018.
There are other features that you may consider like a bullseye with bladed surfaces, exclusive composite edging, food grade eco inks, pro-trainer options, or how the board will be hanged, but the above five features are the most important. Pay attention to them, and you’re more likely to end up with something you’ll appreciate.