John Kelly


DATE OF BIRTH April 1970

 What does it mean to be a Shot! Ambassador:

"Being a Puma Darts/Shot! player has been a goal since I took up the game, its a sign of recognition and a top brand believing in you."

John Kelly


Why you like your darts:

"I like the Shot! 901 8 series steel tip in 24gms as they feel comfortable in my grip and the grips fall in the right place everytime.  Soft tip darts I use are Shot! 902 8 series 18gms.


How long playing darts:

John started playing darts around 6-7 years ago when he joined the local Cosmopolitan club when he moved to New Zealand to live.


Highest darting achievements:

  • 2016 Runanga open semi finals
  • 2016 Auckland open semi finals
  • 2015 Upper Hutt open winner
  • 2015 Mount Maunganui open winner
  • 2015 Canterbury classic winner
  • 2014 and 2015 North island mens test team winners
  • 2014 North Island singles runner up
  • 2012 New Zealand Masters semi finals
  • 2011 North Island mixed pairs runners up


Other points of interest:

"I change my flights and shafts before every tournament , wear the same shoes, trousers,  shirt as things have to feel right.   I don't like to walk to the oche feeling something isnt right.  I have to be 100 percent focused.

My wife and children have started to play now ,I  took my 9 year old and my wife to a mixed 3s event a while ago and they enjoyed it so much.  It's great to be able to share  my passion for darts with my family.


Darting Hint:

Follow through every shot.   A common mistake in many players that get frustrated is with their lack of consistency -   lack of follow through.