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9 hours ago, luvdunhill said:

...What grips do folks use around here? Do you prefer more or less contact with the shaft, for example a pinkie on the tip? More of a front loaded grip, or more rear?

Mr Tice, you're needed on aisle five...

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Anyone interested in a set of Bottelsen Aces High? They are 90% tungsten steel tips at 24g. Can provide a mixture of stems (aluminum and nylon) and flights with them. Just need to downsize a bit.

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Probably also have a set of Winmau Navigators for sale. Various stems sizes and flights that could be easily thrown in as well.

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So in the meantime in typical HC fashion, I've ordered 3 dart boards (so I can compare them, go figure, knowing nothing about darts like I do). Also, a surround thingie to protect my wall, and a bunch of darts and extra flights.

Winmau Blade 5 (didn't get the Dual Core, lots of bounce outs per reviewers): https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NAL48FU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Unicorn Eclipse HD2: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B076Q3V2VY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

One80 Gladiator 3 (lots of love for this at the Darts Nutz forum): https://www.darts.com/dartboards/one80-gladiator-3

Backboard: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WKZTGU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Viper Blitz 28g: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NAZHSW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cuesoul 26g: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B075FQ72RK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Then assorted sizes, inexpensive darts to have around for whoever shows up and wants to experiment (3 each of 18g, 20g, 22g, 24g, and 6 of the 26g):
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y1113D2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D4J1BDM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Flights: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X9X9KQH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0114PCUZM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0084SPYVK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

All told something like $600. That should cover me for now and forever unless I get the idea that I'm actually any good at it and want to get more fussy with better darts.  Another foolish hobby, just what I needed! It will be fun to compare the boards though.
 

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Nice Wayne!

I have tried all three boards and would suggest the G3 as the best of the bunch, especially since Brent refuses to comment on this thread and backed a different choice earlier.

I would also suggest you start buying darts from https://www.dartscorner.co.uk/ as there is a much better selection that what is available on Amazon and much better pricing.

Next, look at buying an assortment of stem lengths, as pairing these to your darts and throwing style takes some experimentation. My particular journey has ended up with polycarbonate. My warning with the aluminum stems in particular is they tend to very slightly bend and it’s hard to tell when this occurs and impacts your throw quite a bit.

Once you find a length that you like, you can consider various stem/flight systems. I am currently using the Robson flights for example and these are very durable. I also have started punching my non-molded flights and that has cut down on flights popping off.

Can’t wait to see some pictures of your setups!

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Great advice, Marc. Thanks! Will definitely check out dartscorner, but with a US address I wonder about the shipping costs. Of course, I'm in London 4-5 times per year, but usually just passing through, and don't want to get in the habit of sending personal stuff to the office there. Interesting about the stem lengths and materials and experimenting with that and flights. Should be another fun hobby. 

Speaking of London, in my Google searches I came across this thing called "Fives Dartboards" which I'd never seen before. I'm thinking that could be fun particularly with inexperienced players like at a party, or actually for kids as well. Thinking about picking up the easier of the two (Wide Fives) version.

https://www.darts501.com/Fives.html

 

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Shipping to the US is pretty minimal, unless you choose expedited shipping. My orders usually arrive in 10 days or so and as long as I am ordering darts and accessories it’s $2.95.

Three other items I would also consider. Some sort of throw line or mat. If you have hard floors in your room, you could consider an integrated throw line and mat, to protect the darts as they fall from deflections. If not a mat, then I like the Target “glow in the dark” adhesive throw line.

Second, a lighting system, depending on what your ambient light situation looks like. These items are a bit harder to find in the US for reasonable prices, so perhaps better to save for one of your UK trips. The Target lights are what I am looking to get once I find a more permanent spot for my setup at home, or considering just making my own with my 3D printer. There are lots of good options though, just not any cheap options :)

Lastly, since you have the G3, buy some of the extra rotofix mounts for your other two boards. These mounts are great in that they make rotating the board a snap and swapping out the boards easy as well. I am thinking about getting an extra so I can move my board outside as well.

The “Fives Boards” look cool. I have seen them at DartsCorner. You might also check out the other games they have there (golf and snooker, if I remember correctly) as well as Blade 5 “green zone” that has a handicap system and is used in the Junior Darts Leagues.

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Again, all great advice, Marc. Much appreciated. I did end up ordering the Wide Fives board. It should be fun as a change of pace.

I really like the idea of a lighting system and will look into that. 

I take it that the G3 comes with a rotofix mount, but the other boards don't? Anything to make rotating the boards easier (and swapping them in and out as well) would be a big plus. The 20s get worn out pretty quickly if you're not rotating them on a regular basis.

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Trying to figure out which shape to order. Actually already ordered one, but have a return window of a couple more weeks. Any thoughts one way or another?

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26 minutes ago, Wmcmanus said:

Trying to figure out which shape to order. Actually already ordered one, but have a return window of a couple more weeks. Any thoughts one way or another?

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