Shot Darts Shaft Guide
Much the same as different grips and designs of darts can help your performance, choosing the right accessories like shafts is a decision that requires some food for thought. Dart Shaft lengths, for example, help to determine the way a dart performs.
There isn’t a “best” shaft or flight to use in darts as this usually comes down to personal preference. If you are a watcher of darts on TV and are new to the game, you will notice players will have their own particular choices in shaft length and type.
This is where experimentation comes into play. As expendable items, shafts don’t require a considerable investment fortunately so if your new to the game we advise buying Value Packs – especially those with a variety of shafts and flights that you can use to fine-tune your performance.
Here’s a quick guide to help you choose what’s right for your throwing style.
Short Shafts tend to move the centre of gravity of the dart towards the front of the barrel, and this size is ideal if you hold the dart at the front end of the barrel.
In-between shafts give great balance to the flight of the dart and ensure that it hits the board at an optimum angle. A complimentary balance between control and stability is what makes the In-between shaft so popular among players.
Medium shafts are the most forgiving length. Slightly longer than the In-between length, these are ideal for a player that wants assistance towards achieving maximum stability of their darts. A popular length choice for new players.
We've covered the most common lengths of shafts, now let’s look at the types of materials used in the manufacturing process, made from a variety of robust materials with features to improve your overall performance.
Eagle Claw Shafts
Shot Darts Eagle Claw shafts are manufactured from tough and durable polycarbonate material with a 2BA thread. The deep cut in the shaft ensures your flight can be pushed well down into the slot which means a greater contact surface. Shafts are fitted with an additional ring to ensure a tight fit between flight and shaft during play and feature Eagle Claw icon. In a variety of colours.
Aluminium Anodised Pyramid Shafts
Featuring the latest in Shot Darts pyramid grip technology. These high performance, precision cut shafts ensure maximum grip of flights and added durability. In a great variety of eye-catching colours also.
Aluminium: These are again, highly durable and available in different lengths to suit your style of throwing.
Nylon: The most economical option and well suited for the beginner player, nylon shafts can be purchased in value packs, so there’s no stopping play.
In a nutshell, when it comes to dart Shafts 101 we advise:
Experiment! – do try out different lengths and materials until your satisfied with your darts performance. Look at value or gift packs that will make this process easy.
Stock up! There’s nothing worse than running out of accessories when you're out for a night playing friends or tournaments.
And finally, remember shafts are expendable items! If a shaft breaks, it’s not the end of the world. Read more about this in our next article on troubleshooting broken dart shafts.