Marking The Throw Line:
The throw line (also known as the oche, toe-line or hockey) should be about 3 feet wide. It may
be made of tape, a store bought throw-line sticker, a piece of wood or metal. It should be placed
exactly 7 foot 9 and 1/4 inches from the FACE of the board for a standard steel-tipped setup. For
soft-tipped darts, the line should be 8 feet from the FACE of the board. (NOTE: Some British pubs
use an 8 foot or 8 foot 6 inch measurement for steel tip darts.) To measure from the face
of the board, have someone hold a plumb line from the bottom-front of the board to the floor. If
you don't have a plumb line, you can use a piece of string with a pencil or dart tied to one end.
Make sure the throw line is exactly perpendicular to the face of the board and centered with the
board. This can be accomplished by measuring from the bullseye to each corner of the line.
sservanNO-SPAM@ccis.com (Delete the words NO-SPAM to contact him) suggested a great idea. If you have a
carpeted area where you are going to setup your dartboard, you can use a strip of wood or metal
with the "hook" side of a piece of Velco attatched to the back as your throw line. You can stick
it to the carpet when in use and it won't move, then just rip it up when your done.
Proper Setup Of A Darting Area:
Proper lighting of the dart board is very critical. It is important to be able to tell exactly
where the dart landed without moving from the throw-line. The ideal lighting is from 2 lamps
mounted from the ceiling to the left and right of the board. Obviously, in a home this can be
a little ugly and expensive. The main goal is to light it reasonably brightly and create as little
shadow as possible. I mounted a little "piano light" (the kind you hang over a painting) that I
bought at Ikea for $10.00 about 4 feet in front of the board on the ceiling. It works beautifully.
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