Are you completely new to the game of darts and confused by the large variety of shapes, sizes and textures of dart flights? Having trouble finding the flights that will help you improve your game? Then you should definitely read the article below. Picking the right flights will really help you improve your score.
So, why have different dart flight styles? Because smaller and smoother flights will allow darts to go through the air faster and drag less, but they will be less forgiving to variations in angle of attack.
Oppositely, bigger and more textured flights will make darts fly slower through the air with more drag and they will be more forgiving to variations in angle.
Let’s look at the two most common flight shapes:
Standard Flights : Standard flights are the most common dart flights and also one of the largest.
Standard flights should only be used if you throw with less force at the board. You can also use standard flights on steel tip darts.
Standard flights also help you to straighten and stabilize the path of a dart in the air. If your darts are sticking on the board with the flight angled to the floor, you may want to increase the size of the flights.
Slim Flights : Similar to standard flights, slim flights are great if you like to throw harder or if you use lighter darts. Soft tip darts can benefit from using slim flights because they are generally lighter, thus requiring a harder throw to stick on the board. Moreover, if your darts stick on the board at a high angle you may want to convert to a smaller flight like a slim.
Smaller flights will definitely help to reduce drag in the air allowing the tip of the dart to drop slightly in flight
Slim flights will also help to reduce the chances of damaged flights from tight groupings, especially if your darts have short shafts.
Other Flight Shapes – Among the common standard and slim flights, there is a huge variety of flight shapes such as Pear, Combat, Vortex, Fan tail etc. These shapes can range from larger than standard to smaller than slim.
Larger flights are typically better for:
- Softer throws
- Heavier darts
- Longer shafts
- Steel tip darts
Smaller flights are typically better for:
- Harder throws
- Lighter darts
- Shorter shafts
- Soft tip darts
Smooth vs. Textured Flights :
Smoother flights will drag less through the air and textured flights will drag more heavily through the air. If you find that your darts are flying a bit differently that what you want, then try changing to a smoother texture while staying with the same shape.