STAN’S DARTS TIPS Your first mission is to get familiar with the check out list. The best way to do this is to continually practice just finishes when practicing at home. A good method is to start at a certain number like 85 for example and if you hit the finish then you go up by ten to 95 and if you miss then you go done one to 84. Try this daily and you will soon learn how to finish. (you may even want to put the board on a chair and sit in front of it, this way you will hit the finish on most occasions so it is more likely to stay in your head.) The objective of playing 501 is to finish the game in the least amount of darts possible. To help do this you need to know the best way to finish any possible finish. Stan’s finishing tips will demonstrate the best option. It is vital not to bust a score. Stan’s finishing tips are designed so that there is less chance of busting. For example if you have 54 left you are best to go for 14 then 40 rather that 18, 36 as you may hit a triple 18 and bust. When going for a large 3 dart finish in the low 100’s you need to throw your first dart for a triple that will still leave you a two dart finish if you miss the first triple. For example if you have 127 then you do not want to go for a 57 first because if you hit the 19 first you can not go out on 108 with 2 darts. Where by if you go for the 60 and hit the 20 first you still have a 2 dart finish of 107 left. Some examples of these are as follows. 135 bull first and a 25 will still leave 110 a 2 dart finish. 132 bull first and a 25 will still leave 107 a 2 dart finish. 130 60 first and a 20 will still leave 110 a 2 dart finish. 129 57 first and a 19 will still leave 110 a 2 dart finish. 128 54 first and a 18 will still leave 110 a 2 dart finish. 127 60 first and a 20 will still leave 107 a 2 dart finish. 126 57 first and a 19 will still leave 107 a 2 dart finish. 125 bull, 124 = 60 first, 123 = 57 first, 122 = 54 first, 121 = 60 first, 120 = 60 first, 119 = 57 first. As you can see the triple 20 and 19 are your main triples. These are good ones to practice on. When in the early and mid 200’s it is vital to start thinking of what finish you are going to leave. There are times that you will be best to play for a 57 or 54 rather than a 60. An example of this is 189; if you hit a 20 then it will leave you 169 which is not a finish. If you throw for a 57 and hit a 19 then you will at least get the shot at a 170 next throw. Another example is 265; if you go up top and hit a 100 then you will be left 165 next throw and it is not a finish. How ever if you throw for the 19’s you can get 95 that will leave 170 or hit 133 to leave 132 or even a 171 to leave 94.