If you want to play darts in a bar, the first thing you need is a dart board. Bar dart boards come in two types: bristle and electronic. A bristle dart board contains the traditional sisal fibers used for sheep’s wool, while an electronic dart board has an interactive screen with LED lights that show where your dart hit. A bar dart board comes with 6 darts.
Home Bar dart board
Dart boards are available at basic, standard or professional levels. A bristle board is the best option for home use. This type of board comes with 6 darts and can work on any surface, including a wall.
Walls painted with flat paint are suitable surfaces for a bar dart board because they provide even resistance to the darts. You can also attach a dart board to a cork or wood-paneled wall. The best place for the bristle bar dart board is in the basement, garage or front hall where you can devote an entire wall to it.
If you want to rotate your bar dart board, mount it on swivel brackets so that you can easily move it. You can also install a dart board that is covered with MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or plywood for decoration.
Professional level Bar dart board
A professional bar dart board has metal sisal fibers, which provide the best performance and durability, but are more expensive to replace when they wear out than bristle boards. Professional bar dart boards are available in two types: steel-tip darts and soft-tipped darts. Steel-tip bar games include Cricket, Cutthroat, 301 and Baseball. Soft-tipped dart games are played with plastic-tipped darts that are safer for children to play with.
Electronic Bar dart board
An electronic bar dart board is perfect for home games because it records where darts land and can score up to 301 points. Most electronic dart boards are wall-mounted, but you can also find tabletop models. The main advantage of an electronic bar dart board is that it keeps track of player scores automatically so there’s no need to keep score with pen and paper or wear a wrist band.
Precision-engineered, electronic boards are made to exacting standards for accuracy and consistency. The light-emitting diode technology used in most dart boards requires very little power, so you can leave your board plugged in 24 hours a day if you want without worrying about running up your electric bills or damaging the components. Many models also provide other game options.
Electronic dart boards should be mounted at eye level because you need to stand about 18 inches away from the board when you throw. Hanging an electronic bar dart board on a wall can be difficult, so it’s best to hire a professional if you aren’t handy with tools. If your dart board has no built-in options to hang it, attach a wooden frame or metal bracket that extends from the wall.
How to set up a bar dart board
Darts come in sets of three with two pointed tips and one blunt end called the “shaft.” The points are initially protected by paper collars, which you remove before playing. When buying darts, consider the weight of your dart and how it fits in your hand. If a dart feels too heavy or too light, try another model until you find one that is comfortable to throw.
Bar dart board set
Typically, each player throws three darts at a time. The object is to score as many points as possible by hitting the 1, 2 or 3 sections on the dart board. To play Cricket, for example, tally your score after each turn. Each time you hit a single number, add one to your score. When you get three of the same number in a row, count them as triple and add three points to your score. Your goal is to get more than 20 points after two turns.
If a dart doesn’t stick, it’s a “bounce-out” and you lose your turn. Throw all of the darts in sequence, beginning with the one closest to the bull’s eye. Keep score with paper and pencil if necessary. If you’re playing for money or prizes, keep track of each player’s score as you go along.
Bar dart boards are usually made of wood, plastic or MDF (medium-density fiberboard), which is a plywood-like material pressed from hardwood and softwood fibers. There is also a professional grade bar dart board that uses wire sisal fibers to provide the best performance and durability for continuous use.
Bar darts rules
The board has two parts: the main part, where you aim your darts, and a surround that protects the players from errant throws. The area of the board you’re aiming at is called the “bullseye,” or “bull.” If you hit above or below it by accident, the dart isn’t counted. The numbers on a bar dart board mark out traditional scoring. If you hit the score 17, for example, three darts go into that section of the board and your score increases by 21 points.
The outer ring of the dartboard is called “double bull.” It’s larger than the inner circle with two numbers, usually with the numbers 19-35. Every time you hit double bull, your score increases by 22 points.
The thin ring next to the red dot is called “triple bull.” Hitting this section of the board adds 25 points to your score. The outermost ring of the dartboard is called “doubles” and is marked with the numbers 16-18. Every time you hit outside of these areas, your score decreases by one point. The thin ring on the opposite side is called “trebles,” and it’s marked with numbers 20-23. Every time you hit this section of the board, your score increases by three points.
People usually refer to a dartboard as a “dart board” or a “board.” Bar dartboards usually have a metal ring around the outside, called a “wire,” that holds the sisal fibers together.
The origins of the word “dart” are unclear. One possible etymology comes from Middle English, where it could be derived from “tort,” a word that means to twist. Some think the smaller board with metal wires is called a “wire” because of its resemblance to knitting or crochet work.
The first boards were just made from a piece of wood and tied together with rope. Later, people started using animal skin instead of wood before moving on to sisal fibers. Sisal is a type of natural fiber from the agave plant, which has been used to make dartboards for thousands of years because it’s a dense material that holds up well under wear and tear.
The modern metal wire design was patented in 1880 by Robert Hewitt, Jr., who called his invention “Clay’s Favourite.” The metal wire is often called the “wire” because it was traditionally made from wire.
The original boards were circular, but in 1896, an Oche line was added to the dartboard to make it more accurate. Originally, this single line was 20 units long. Over time, it’s become longer and longer after being moved inwards. The distance from the bullseye to the throwing line is 2.37 meters or 7 feet 9 ¼ inches in length, and it divides the board into an 18-inch scoring area and a 9-inch outer section called the “double ring.”
Nowadays, a dartboard might have a metal wire—but not all of them do. Some manufacturers make a dartboard that looks like a traditional board with sisal fibers, while others use some form of plastic instead of metal to create the ring around the scoring area.
What size is a bar dart board?
There are several different designs for bar dart boards, but one common feature they all share is an outer number ring with a 19-inch gap that serves as out boundary. The traditional dartboard has this gap 5cm wide, but some bar boards have different gap sizes.
A common board is 75 centimeters across and 10cm tall, with just one 1-inch gap between the metal wire and the scoring area (marked by a green background). There are three sets of rings marking different scoring zones. The innermost circle is the “double” ring, and every time you hit it, your score increases by two points. It’s followed by the 1-inch gap, then the outer number ring. Bar dartboards are typically used for games of 301 or 701 rather than straight darts where players start with 501 or 1001.
The area outside of the double ring is usually painted red with a black line dividing the two colors. This part of the board is known as “baseball.” The space between the double ring and triple ring is called “lobster” or “crab.”
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