The Game of DartsCategory: Leisure
In the bar of every English “pub” there is a dart-board
and on most evenings you will find the game of darts being played. This is a traditional English game, and it presumably developed from archery, which was much encouraged! for military reasons during the Middle Ages. The first record of something like the modern game appears in a six teenth century description of a tournament where people threw missiles at a target by hand, instead of using a bow. The Pilgrim Fathers, who sailed in the Mayflower to a America in 1620 in search of greater freedom, played darts during their voyage.
The dart-board has numbered sections, and the score depends on the section in which the dart lands. The darts are small, about five inches long, and have a steel point, a metal body, and three feathers. A set of three darts is used and each player throws them in turn. Expert players usually have their own private set of darts, but pubs always provide a set for occasional performers. Style is- a matter for the individual; but you must have a good eye and steady hand — not always easy in a pub!