Dart Boards

Choosing A Dart Board

Darts is a fantastically social game and what better way to enjoy a game of darts than with a few close friends over a couple of cold beers? Sooner or later, you’ll become hooked and you will be wanting your own dart board. There may be many reasons why you want to get your own dart board. You may find you’re spending too much money going to bars to play, or you might want to have a dartboard to liven up your own parties at home. Ultimately, your underlying goal will probably be to improve your dart skills and earn bragging rights amongst your peers. No matter what your intentions are, knowing how dart boards are made and what they offer will help you make an informed choice and give hours of pleasure. So let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of dart boards and see what they offer:



Without a doubt, the bristle dartboard is the most common dartboard you’re likely to encounter. The bristle dartboard was invented by Nodor in the 1930s. But the new bristle Nodor dartboards did not become popular until the 1970s, when they were adopted as standard tournament boards due to Dutch elm disease decimating Britain’s supply of wood for traditional elm dartboards. These dartboards are made up of compressed sisal fibers glued to a backing board, with the edges held by metal banding. The main advantage of this type of construction is, when you remove a dart from the board, the hole will close behind it. This means bristle dart boards tend to last a lot longer than any other type of dartboard. To ensure long life, look for a dartboard that meet competition standards. Cheaper dart boards tend not to pack the bristles as tightly as quality boards and will wear a lot more quickly. Also, sisal is widely regarded as the best fiber for bristle dartboards, so avoid any made of other materials. Damage will eventually occur to your bristle dartboard, so look for a removable number ring that will allow you to rotate the most popular areas so you get even wear on the board.

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One form of darts that’s growing in popularity is electronic darts. Electronic dart boards are popping up in more and more bars, and many of these arcade dart boards can be set up for league play against other members on a network. Electronic darts is also known as soft-tip darts after the type of darts used in this game. The electronic dartboard and soft-tip darts were invented by Arachnid the company at the forefront of the popularity of electronic darts. The electronic dart board consists of a playing surface covered in thousands of tiny holes. When the dart enters one of these holes, the score is automatically recorded. Due to design limitations, the targets on the board are generally enlarged and this is thought to have helped the popularity of the game by making it less frustrating to the novice. The biggest difference in pricing for electronic dart boards comes from the number of options they offer, and the type of displays they have. All electronic dart boards offer multiple games, and variations of the games, so make sure the game you want to play is included.

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Come visit Viscount Pools of Clinton Township and Chesterfield for all you dart needs. Our steel tip darts range from 17 grams to 28 grams, and our soft tips are 16 grams or 18 grams. We carry many different designs to appeal to the female or male player. Just need dart accessories? No worries we have plenty to choose from.

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