There are many ways to practice and be efficient.
Question: What is the best way to become a better dart player?
Answer: Practice, practice, practice. If you have room at your home to put up a board, by all means find a way and do it. Whenever you walk by it, perhaps you will be compelled to 'throw a few', and when you throw even a 'few' every day, this helps to develop your throw and release.
Question: I heard that to be good you need to practice triple 20's, for 2 hours a day, is this true?
Answer: To some, that may be a bit extreme, but Phil Taylor practices at least 6 hours a day. So don't fool yourself, you get out what you put in. First off, be comfortable, standing with a foot lateral to the line, or pointing towards your intended number, (or at a point in between the two). Work your way around the board, even throwing a 1/2 an hour at the bulls-eye. Any and all practice makes you that much better.
Question: What about the novice darter? I don't have 6 hours, what can I do in the time that I have got?
Answer: There are lots of 1 person practice regimes, you need to start small and gradually increase the difficulty of your regime. For instance a novice may throw at the triple 20 three turns, then the 19 for three turns, then the 18 for three turns and so on down to bulls. While an advanced player may just be aiming at the doubles ring while doing the same routine. And even still, the better darters wanting a leg up on the competition may be trying to "take out" a 60, then a 61, and then a 62 on up!
Question: Is there any dart accessories that can help me be a better dart player?
Answer: They make a dart board, called the "champions choice". This board is made for practicing (see image to the left), it has double rings, triple rings and bulls-eye that are twice as small as a regular board, thus honing your skills even more!
Question: I have done all that what's my next step?
Answer: If you've gone that route and are ready to step up to some light-hearted competition, there are always places to get that done, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area! Take a look on our Local Tournaments section on the home page. If you are not familiar with some of the league's sponsors weekly tournaments, this would be a great way to play better people and improve your game. Most local tournaments run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, while league nights for the SFDL are on Wednesday.