fun-dart-men-tal (fun'dârt men'tel) adj. 1. serving as, or being an essential part of throwing winning darts, the essential foundation or basis of play; basic skills; underlying abilities: fundartmental principles; the cornerstone structures of throwing well; (i.e., Mechanics, Mathematics & Mental Attitudes). 2. of, pertaining to, or affecting the foundation or basis of throwing well and winning more: a fundartmental technique. 3. being an original or primary source of winning: a fundartmental victory n. 4. a basic darting principle, rule, law, or the like, which serves as the ground work for developing a winning throw or system of play; essential part: to master the fundartmentals of throwing well and winning more. Syn. 1. indispensable darting skills, essential throwing abilities, necessary game strategies, elementary winning techniques, first, primary, chief, principle, main, or central winning skills used by darters. 2. first. Ant. second place, last; least; loser. - Quote from the cover of the book
I owned six other dart books prior to purchasing this one, but nothing in those books really stuck out as something to review. They all more-or-less followed the same pattern: defining the different parts of the dart, how high/far away to hang a board, rules to 1/2 dozen games or so, etc.). Great books if you've never picked up a dart before, but not real useful to someone that's been throwing for awhile and none of them really stuck out as 'The best of the rest'.
Well, that has finally changed with Fundartmentals. It concentrates on all the subjects that will help you to establish/improve your game as opposed to an 'encyclopedic' definition of the game and it's components. It goes into detail on both the physical attributes of the game (grip, stance, etc.), but more importantly it delves into the mental aspects of the game (math, attitude, strategy, etc).
Recommendation: This is simple, BUY IT!! The bottom line is that this book was written by a dart thrower that loves the game, for dart throwers that want to get better. It's the old feeling of "Hey, I've been in that situation before and know what he's talking about" that makes you want to read more. It doesn't matter if you've only been throwing for ten days or, like me, you've been throwing darts for over ten years, you will learn something from this book.
Contact Information for the book:
Anglo-American Darts, Inc.
5378 State Road
Parma, OH 44134
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