Darts is a competitive game of skill where players throw small missiles (darts) at a circular board (dartboard) attached to a wall. The sport of darts has many types of games, but the title darts has come to be a general term for any variant played with three darts part round. Players take turns throwing darts at the dartboard while standing with their feet beyond the throwing edge, known as the oche.

While the rules for scoring varies per game type, points are typically defined by the twenty numbered sections on the dartboard and the bullseye at the center. The game of darts can be played competitively at the professional level, but it has also become popular as a casual sport enjoyed at bars, pubs, and in game rooms at home.

How do you play darts?

Darts is played with a variety of different rules and game types with the most popular games being cricket and ‘01’ games. All dart games are played by taking turns throwing all three of your darts at the board from behind the oche line. Cricket games are race-style games where players must hit the numbers 15-20 and the bullseye three times each. ‘01’ style games (301, 501, 701 etc) are fixed score games where players take turns adding their scores attempting to reach the specified 01 number exactly.

How do you throw darts?

To throw darts, comfortably hold the dart with at least three fingers with the end of the dart aligned to your target on the dart board. Throw the dart using your hand, wrist, and elbow. Only your arm should move when you throw the dart. Follow through with your throw after releasing the dart with your fingers pointing towards the target.

How do you play cricket darts?

To play cricket darts, players take turns racing toward the goal of successfully hitting numbers 15-20 and the bullseye three times each. A hit on the target wedge counts as one mark, while hits on the outer double ring and the inner triple ring count for two and three marks respectively. Cricket games can also be played with points, in which players that have successfully finished (own) a number can continue hitting it for points if the other player has yet to finish the same number. The player must also have the highest number of points to win the game.

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6’1” | 1.85 m
January 21, 1985
Adrian Lewis
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Adrian Lewis
17.75” | 451 mm (Diameter)
1.5” | 38.1 mm (Typical)
10-12 lb | 4.54-5.44 kg
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1.57” | 4 cm (Flight)
5”-7” | 12.7-17.8 cm (Typical Overall)
.63-.92 oz | 18-26 g
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6’3” | 1.91 m
April 25, 1957
Eric Bristow
191.000
1957.00
25000
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Eric Bristow
5'11" | 1.80 m
December 22, 1970
Gary Anderson
180.000
1970.00
43000
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Gary Anderson
5’9” | 1.75 m
April 25, 1989
Michael van Gerwen
175.000
1989.00
76000
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Michael van Gerwen
5’8” | 1.73 m
August 13, 1960
Phil Taylor
173.000
1960.00
49000
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Phil Taylor
6’2.5” | 1.89 m
April 20, 1967
Raymond van Barneveld
189.000
1967.00
28000
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Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis
Set of scaled height illustrations of various darts players compared to Adrian Lewis

While other English professional dart players attract attention for positive reasons, Adrian Lewis has also attracted controversy and squabbles with other competitors, repeatedly seeing him being banned several times and fined frequently. He made his debut in the 2004 UK Open after being mentored by world champion Phil Taylor, with whom he also partnered with to win the Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) World Cup of Darts on four occasions. Adrian plays in the PDC and is nicknamed “Jackpot.” He has won the PDC World Dart Championships twice, the 2014 UK Open, and the 2013 European Championship.

Adrian Lewis has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Collection of drawings of Adrian Lewis measured with overall height
While other English professional dart players attract attention for positive reasons, Adrian Lewis has also attracted controversy and squabbles with other competitors, repeatedly seeing him being banned several times and fined frequently. He made his debut in the 2004 UK Open.

Adrian Lewis has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

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Nationality: England

Years Active: 1995—

Birthday
January 21, 1985

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Adrian Lewis standing, stance, throwing

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Gary Anderson
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Scottish professional dart player Gary Anderson is nicknamed “The Flying Scotsman” and is famous for registering heavy scores and smooth throws. Gary plays in the Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) and has been British Dart Organization (BDO) and World Dart Federation (WDF) World number one. He has won the PDC World Championship two consecutive times and is ranked number three with thirty-one PDC Pro Tour wins. His other major achievements include winning the 2019 PDC World Cup of Darts, 2018 Champions League of Darts, the World Dart Trophy in 2007, two Premier League titles, the 2018 UK Open, and many other titles.

Gary Anderson has a height of 5'11" (1.80 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Gary Anderson in darts positions measured with overall height
Scottish professional dart player Gary Anderson is nicknamed “The Flying Scotsman” and is famous for registering heavy scores and smooth throws. Gary plays in the Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) and has been British Dart Organization (BDO) and World Dart Federation (WDF) World number one.

Gary Anderson has a height of 5'11" (1.80 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Gary Anderson in darts positions measured with overall height
Gary Anderson
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Nationality: Scotland

Years Active: 1996—

Birthday
December 22, 1970

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Gary Anderson standing, stance, throwing

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Darts
Scaled comparison drawings of a Dart compared to a ping-pong ball and a baseball

Darts are the objects that are thrown during a game of Darts and each player plays with a set of 3. Darts are typically constructed from wood (traditional), brass, nickel, or tungsten. The four main parts of a Dart include the point, the shaft, the grip, and the flight.

The point of a Dart can either be fixed or movable and is usually soft. The shaft is the part of the Dart that is held by the player before throwing it, while the grip of the Dart provides a better hold. The flight of the Dart gives the Dart a smooth movement towards the Dartboard and is usually made from feathers.

Darts have a typical overall length between 5”-7” (12.7-17.8 cm) and standard flight width of 1.57” (4 cm). The barrel of a dart ranges from 1.81”-2.09” (46-53 mm) with a point length of 1.26” or 1.61” (32, 41 mm). The preferred mass of a dart is between .63-.92 oz (18-26 g).

Pair of drawings of a Dart showing dimensioned analysis of their length, width, and various components
Darts are the objects that are thrown during a game of Darts and each player plays with a set of 3. Darts are typically constructed from wood (traditional), brass, nickel, or tungsten. The four main parts of a Dart include the point, the shaft, the grip, and the flight.

Darts have a typical overall length between 5”-7” (12.7-17.8 cm) and standard flight width of 1.57” (4 cm). The barrel of a dart ranges from 1.81”-2.09” (46-53 mm) with a point length of 1.26” or 1.61” (32, 41 mm). The preferred mass of a dart is between .63-.92 oz (18-26 g).

Pair of drawings of a Dart showing dimensioned analysis of their length, width, and various components
Darts
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1.57” | 4 cm (Flight)
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5”-7” | 12.7-17.8 cm (Typical Overall)
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.63-.92 oz | 18-26 g
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Barrel Diameter: .25”-.28” | 6.35-7.11 mm

Barrel Length: 1.81”-2.09” | 46-53 mm
Point Length: 1.26”, 1.61” | 32, 41 mm

Maximum Length: 11.81” | 30 cm

Materials: Brass, nickel silver, or Tungsten barrel; steel tip; plastic polymer, nylon or foil flight

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Michael van Gerwen
Set of scaled height illustrations of various darts players compared to Michael van Gerwen

After throwing a nine-dart finish and winning the 2006 World Masters, Dutch professional dart player, Michael van Gerwen established himself as a dominant figure in dart with many records such as being the youngest player to win a Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) Championship, becoming world number one after winning 2014, 2017, and 2019 PDC World Darts Championship, and holding the record for the highest three-dart average. He also has the most wins in a PDC Pro Tours at seventy-five and other awards like PDC Young Player of the Year, winning the premier league five times, the UK Open three times, Grand Slam three times, and a Champions League title.

Michael van Gerwen has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Collection of drawings of Michael van Gerwen measured with overall height
After throwing a nine-dart finish and winning the 2006 World Masters, Dutch professional dart player, Michael van Gerwen established himself as a dominant figure in dart with many records such as being the youngest player to win a PDC Championship, becoming world number one.

Michael van Gerwen has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

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Nationality: Netherlands
Years Active: 2002—

Birthday
April 25, 1989

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Michael van Gerwen standing, stance, throwing

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Phil Taylor
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Phil Taylor is a British former professional darts player who dominated the sport for more than 2 decades. Phil Taylor began playing the sport in 1986 and throughout the span of his career he won more than 214 professional tournaments, 85 major titles, and 16 World Championships.

Phil Taylor has been nicknamed ‘The Power,’ ‘The Crafty Potter,’ ‘The Governor, and ‘The Godfather’. He is currently the most successful and richest player in the sport’s history. Phil Taylor was ranked the world’s number one darts player for 13 years in total and retired from playing professionally after the 2018 World Championship.

Phil Taylor has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Phil Taylor in darts positions measured with overall height
Phil Taylor is a British former professional darts player who dominated the sport for more than 2 decades. Phil Taylor began playing the sport in 1986 and throughout the span of his career he won more than 214 professional tournaments, 85 major titles, and 16 World Championships.

Phil Taylor has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Phil Taylor in darts positions measured with overall height
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Nationality: England
Years Active: 1987-2018

Birthday
August 13, 1960

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Phil Taylor standing, stance, throwing

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