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Bigshow
19th October 2011, 12:50 PM
I saw a poll on facebook earlier that dartscorner had done so i thought i`d follow suit.

Un_signed
19th October 2011, 01:47 PM
normally 23-25g it depends on length of barrel for me.

Jake.

Watikjebrom
19th October 2011, 01:54 PM
Used to play with 25 grams bit changed to 21 grams 8 months ago. Resulted in a more constant play and better control of the dart.

Dave Dart
19th October 2011, 03:04 PM
Quite heavy 29g darts.

Steve Metalman
19th October 2011, 04:21 PM
24 -26 grams is my preferred weight

24grams is a good universal weight if you do not know which one to go for

mc1958
19th October 2011, 10:50 PM
I was going to make a monumental post for number 1000 but what the hell, I've had a couple of bevies so can't be bothered to think lol - my prefered weight is anywhere between 21 and 23 g.

Steve Metalman
19th October 2011, 10:59 PM
I was going to make a monumental post for number 1000 but what the hell, I've had a couple of bevies so can't be bothered to think lol - my prefered weight is anywhere between 21 and 23 g.
Lets say it hasn't gone unnoticed :winkodf:

F4tboy
19th October 2011, 11:27 PM
20g for me.

Stran
21st October 2011, 08:58 AM
26g for me

Hazza
21st October 2011, 10:20 AM
26g for me too

Gary O Connor
21st October 2011, 02:06 PM
24G is perfect for me.

frpax
21st October 2011, 11:35 PM
Most of my darts are 24g.
I have one set of 25g and one set of 26g (Black Widows, that I just gave to my son).
My daughter has a set of 22g, and it takes me a bit to get used to them.

Neil
22nd October 2011, 08:46 AM
I have hundreds of darts and the vast majority of them are 24g.

I started off when I was 17 with 31g darts, then went down to 25, then went down to 20 (for about 10 years) then went up to 24 and I have stuck with that weight ever since.

Janeto
22nd October 2011, 04:01 PM
:gooddarts:No messing about for me, big heavy 40g's:smileb:

scousemouse
24th October 2011, 09:47 PM
Super light for me!! 15g. Not easy to find, which makes choosing dead easy :)

tanic180
25th October 2011, 04:42 PM
26g :smileodf:

Pearce161
25th October 2011, 04:51 PM
i started with 27g harrows boxer because had a throw of my mates and they felt light. He said his were 25 gram but after a few months i went down to 25g targets, that i still use, as the boxers felt too heavy. Had another go with his darts a bit after an turns out they were more like 22 or 23 gram!! Irony is he now throws 24g boxers, which is what i woulda bought if he had known the actual weight of his darts in the first place!

Giraffe
25th October 2011, 07:13 PM
22g or 23g for me
I voted for 23 cause its what I'm using at the moment

Goofy
26th October 2011, 06:51 PM
Always played with 24 or 25 gram until just before christmas last year........ had a throw with my mates 21g Harrows Gyro and havent looked back since :) Think i'm gonna buy another set of them...... one for practice and one for matches :thumbsup:

NEZ
26th October 2011, 08:49 PM
23 or 24 for me

Spoonz
27th October 2011, 12:35 AM
Anything from 23 to 25 was using 24s then 25s customs where 24.5 and now using 24 again

Mammoth
27th October 2011, 07:41 PM
Super light for me!! 15g. Not easy to find, which makes choosing dead easy :)Hallelujah brother

scousemouse
31st October 2011, 05:45 PM
Hallelujah brother

I take it you throw light darts n all then Mammoth?

Hazza
31st October 2011, 07:19 PM
You changing your darts as much as me these days

The Hun
31st October 2011, 08:06 PM
23g for me (steel)

JohnBW83
23rd December 2011, 06:17 PM
It's 25g for me.

nnj
24th December 2011, 04:10 AM
recently dropped to 16.5g. found it gave me more control when powering through

matt
26th December 2011, 10:39 AM
I've played with hand me downs for years but I recently just bought my first "real" set and they're 22. Absolute love them.

Just curious, whats the lightest/heaviest you guys have seen people legitimately use?

Bigshow
26th December 2011, 12:39 PM
I've played with hand me downs for years but I recently just bought my first "real" set and they're 22. Absolute love them.

Just curious, whats the lightest/heaviest you guys have seen people legitimately use?

The lightest i`ve seen being played with were 16g, they were very similar to Ted Hankeys darts. The heaviest were my grandads, i`m not sure of the weight but i`d take a stab at 15 stone lol. He played mainly on doubles boards which was lucky because his darts were literally to thick to fit three into the T20.

Del
14th February 2012, 09:48 AM
22g merv kings at the mo , they seem to suit my grip well

Jwest
14th February 2012, 09:29 PM
24g

vahid8040
15th February 2012, 09:14 AM
16g but i got soft tip darts.

Steve Metalman
15th February 2012, 11:10 AM
16g but i got soft tip darts.
Good point vahid
Theres no soft tip options!!
Do you know what the heaviest allowable soft tip dart is?

I think it might be 20 grams, but that's a guess

vahid8040
15th February 2012, 06:46 PM
yeah 20g i saw on DARTS CORNER. We can check :

Local leagues have different regulations for the weights of soft tip darts. 16-18 gram darts are the most common and are accepted in most leagues.

so how the league makes it . good by us we got 14-18g

ben996
18th September 2012, 03:57 PM
i have experimented with many different weights and at the moment use 28g, they seem good enough

Jamo
10th November 2012, 10:01 PM
19g - 24g | throwing with 21g and have been for a while now so that's my preferred weight

Hustler
12th November 2012, 06:00 PM
22g for me

Nosssweat
12th November 2012, 06:09 PM
20g at the minute

The Truth
12th November 2012, 06:23 PM
26 g for last few years although the last set I bought feel considerably heavier than my last set. Still unsure if coming down a gram or 2 might be a good bet.

The Cobra
12th November 2012, 06:27 PM
1st set was 25g, 2nd was 26g. These were the ones I played with and started to get serious with. I have since moved on to 24g Harrows ICE. Seem to be the absolute ideal weight for me

Giraffe
12th November 2012, 06:41 PM
23g for me now.

Shed Inn
12th November 2012, 06:53 PM
Ayup Comrades

24g J Lowe hero's, all tho my sig say 23 WCs! Don't seem to be able to edit sig with I pad.

Shed.

Giraffe
12th November 2012, 07:15 PM
Ayup Comrades

24g J Lowe hero's, all tho my sig say 23 WCs! Don't seem to be able to edit sig with I pad.

Shed.

Done It for you shed.

Shed Inn
12th November 2012, 07:40 PM
Done It for you shed.

Ayup Mate

Cheers:).

Shed.

cdsmith15
12th November 2012, 08:29 PM
22g Paul Nicholson darts for me.

tanic180
13th November 2012, 06:27 PM
26g jlowes golden hero and 26g golden phil taylor

Hazza
13th November 2012, 06:44 PM
22g. Can't remember what I voted for before

Steve Metalman
19th November 2012, 11:38 PM
Its a bit difficult I understand what you mean but here in the UK its always been the barrel weight, I've never known if that includes the point, but I presume it does.

Its just one of those things that has been the standard for as long as I can remember and I'm 50 now lol

Its only recently (relatively speaking) some dart manufacturers have introduced grip levels
Who knows what the future holds
With Counties like the States and Japan taking a more active interest in darts things may change

Yogi Bear
6th March 2013, 09:44 AM
Thought I would vote in this to be nosey and see what others use :) 24g for me.Tried most from 22-27g but settled for middle of the road.

katsu
6th March 2013, 09:54 AM
I voted 23g originally but just moved down to 21g :biggrinodf:

steph
6th March 2013, 10:07 AM
I would have said 24/25g, but have now got 27g.
In comparison, I prefer the 27g - only talking about the weight now.
They have more momentum, kind of.
But they are really louder, on top of a slightly changed style, with more power, itīs quite a difference.
I do like that, the neighbours probably less so.

Liam
6th March 2013, 03:38 PM
24g for me =]

BanannaMan
6th March 2013, 03:40 PM
gone to 26g from 23g due to having a light throw.and kite flights as helped no end.:biggrinodf:

Hazza
6th March 2013, 04:21 PM
Sticking with 24g these days

Del
6th March 2013, 04:59 PM
Been using 15.5g but im moving up to 19g jenkins

basketcasE
11th March 2013, 09:46 PM
15g for me.

blugu
12th March 2013, 02:10 AM
23g for me

Icecube
14th March 2013, 11:48 AM
23g for me

katsu
14th March 2013, 12:41 PM
Been using 15.5g but im moving up to 19g jenkins

:like:

Jack
14th March 2013, 01:04 PM
I voted 23g originally but just moved down to 21g :biggrinodf:

Thanks, you've messed up the survey now.

katsu
14th March 2013, 02:42 PM
Thanks, you've messed up the survey now.

just got the jenkins 19g so may move down again, or may move back up to the 23g haven't decided yet................whatya going to do about it

Jack
14th March 2013, 03:58 PM
just got the jenkins 19g so may move down again, or may move back up to the 23g haven't decided yet................whatya going to do about it

I'll start a new thread.

katsu
14th March 2013, 04:04 PM
I'll start a new thread.

oh okay

Hazza
14th March 2013, 04:05 PM
Good plan, would you like this one locked?

Bulls i
14th March 2013, 04:39 PM
I started with 26 grams and brooded down to 25grams. I couldn't believe the difference a gram makes

Jack
14th March 2013, 04:41 PM
Good plan, would you like this one locked?

Could you not just lock out the Manx Woman?

katsu
14th March 2013, 04:44 PM
Could you not just lock out the Manx Woman?

i can take a hint, I'm off :dramaqueen: your loss

Jack
14th March 2013, 04:48 PM
Your being paranoid,i could of meant any Manx Woman on here.

katsu
14th March 2013, 04:49 PM
Your being paranoid,i could of meant any Manx Woman on here.

this is a trap isn't it to see if I'm still here................well I'm not :hide:

Mr Y
21st March 2013, 07:05 PM
started with 24g's, recently tried 18g and much prefer them - or to put another way, I got better lol

katsu
21st March 2013, 11:29 PM
really?? that's a big jump, I tried 19gs from 21g and the 19s were way too light for me could barely get them to the board

Jock
1st April 2013, 12:06 AM
23g use darts my dad gave me when i was in my teens, I do have a set of 24g barney, 23g lewis and 24g whitlock but always go back to my old favorites, Although I do like my daughters 19g darts but I stick with old darts

Paul R
6th July 2013, 07:29 AM
The title of this thread is: Whats your chosen weight of a dart?

I'm guessing most if not all of you have given the weight of just your barrel. Do you just throw the barrel? With all the different types of points, flights, stems, etc... I like to know what the entire dart weighs. The soft tip players weigh the entire dart. So when you see an interview that says they play with a 21 gram dart, well that's what they play with.

can see some very very interesting posts coming from you smurf:biggrinodf:i throw with a 22g barrel,i will weigh my whole dart later,another fair point smurf!!

Jock
9th July 2013, 03:07 PM
Went from 23g Lewis (target) to 25g Barney phase 1 recently have to admit have a more flowing chuck where darts aren't going as high

Juggalo
9th July 2013, 05:31 PM
1st weight I ever tried was 26g and it felt so natural that I only ever throw 26g darts now, unless i'm having a knockabout in the garden then I use 30g to help against the wind.

Steve Metalman
9th July 2013, 05:53 PM
What happened to the new thread?

Loads of us have changed weights and darts since 2011 lol

The Rage
9th July 2013, 05:57 PM
I'm on 23g at the moment but god knows the total weight with the flight and stem :)

MrMeister
10th July 2013, 10:30 AM
i'm comfortable between 23-25g

Cross
13th July 2013, 07:49 PM
Wow you guys like the Heavy Metal - 21 for me i want to be able to throw a little harder

Paul R
17th July 2013, 07:41 AM
can see some very very interesting posts coming from you smurf:biggrinodf:i throw with a 22g barrel,i will weigh my whole dart later,another fair point smurf!!

my total weight of everything is 24g!

Ozdart
17th July 2013, 02:26 PM
24 gram is my liking

AdamK180
28th July 2013, 08:55 PM
It was 24g, I've recently dropped down to 23g

dean0820
30th July 2013, 04:17 AM
23 for me.

Godzy89
5th August 2013, 10:37 PM
got some 23g carreras last xmas and they have been going all over the place
one in the board, on in the wall and one in the barmaid (wayhay :-))
got some 25g harrows boxers and didnt feel right
recently got some 24g harrows gyro and been throwing much much better with them

DRE
6th August 2013, 11:34 AM
at the moment i use 25 grams.

I started with 17 grams, moved to 22 grams and my latest set is 25 :)

Mindyereyes !
6th August 2013, 11:38 AM
Still experimenting with weights / styles between 23g & 26g. That was until i got some 22g Beaton's at the weekend :smileodf:

So now i'm experimenting with weights / styles between 22g & 26g !!!

In answer to the op question . . . . . i dunno ? Your guess is as good as mine :biggrinodf:

rich345
20th August 2013, 07:20 PM
22g for me although I am just as happy with 21g to be honest.

Del
20th August 2013, 08:23 PM
25g at the moment

Dart Ed
20th August 2013, 08:27 PM
Weight is a strange one for me. Depends on barrel shape.

I can't say one weight is best, although, maybe if I was a bit more settled on a particular set I would?

22g-26g...(big differences yes). I might settle soon though. Ha Haa.

Vodka
28th August 2013, 11:32 AM
21g for me.

Don Hagliatelli
28th August 2013, 12:06 PM
A couple of observations.

Over 50% of players use 22 to 24g darts. I’ve always figured that the majority of steel tip players were in this range and according to this I was right (barely).

In general the trend follows a normal distribution bell curve. The thing that stands out is the spike at 26g. I wonder if a Mr Taylor’s chosen weight has anything to do with this?


I’d love to see a proper in depth survey of people’s darts.

Just asking flight shape somebody uses doesn’t say much. If you knew the weight and shape etc. of their dart you could probably start drawing some useful information from it.

Steve Metalman
28th August 2013, 01:12 PM
Another interesting thing Don is overall length.

I know I cant use long barrels without some radical shortness on the stem

And then theres folk who cant use a short barrel coz their hands are too big or fingers too long.

I found recently when comparing my darts between my pencils and bullets
That when optimally set up for me, they all ended up the same overall length.
EG
My lowes with Tweenie stems and Kite flights were 75mm
My Autographs with short tri-steel wire stems and Standard flights were 75mm
My Phase 5s Tweenie stems and slim flights were 76mm
My Parts with Extra short Bubble stems and standard flights were 76mm

So you are correct, its not all about weight :smileodf:

Paul R
28th August 2013, 01:25 PM
ok I use 22g wayne mardle barrels ,these are 53.10mm long and 6.43mm wide,i use short stems (35mm) and rhino flights.the length of the dart tip to top of flight is 140mm
without point its 114mm
from point to top of stem is 113mm
my flights weigh 0.74g(0.82g with a ring) and my stems weigh 0.82g
total weight is 23.88g
hope this helps:biggrinodf:

Steve Metalman
28th August 2013, 02:01 PM
ok I use 22g wayne mardle barrels ,these are 53.10mm long and 6.43mm wide,i use short stems (35mm) and rhino flights.the length of the dart tip to top of flight is 140mm
without point its 114mm
from point to top of stem is 113mm
my flights weigh 0.74g(0.82g with a ring) and my stems weigh 0.82g
total weight is 23.88g
hope this helps:biggrinodf:

I measure mine from the nose of the barrel to the end tip of the flight
as flights have different lengths too

I tend not to include the point

Paul R
28th August 2013, 02:04 PM
I measure mine from the nose of the barrel to the end tip of the flight
as flights have different lengths too

I tend not to include the point

damn did I miss that measurement lol...................hold on

Paul R
28th August 2013, 02:05 PM
from nose of barrel to end tip of flight is 72mm:biggrinodf:
cheers steve

Steve Metalman
28th August 2013, 02:32 PM
from nose of barrel to end tip of flight is 72mm:biggrinodf:
cheers steve

I have this new fangled theory that length matters lol

In my research I've found there's a correlation

It all came by chance when I was setting up my Kings and Barneys
I noticed when I had all my darts sat together, they were all roughly the same overall length despite different stems and flights.

I think theres something in it

Paul R
28th August 2013, 02:41 PM
I have this new fangled theory that length matters lol

In my research I've found there's a correlation

It all came by chance when I was setting up my Kings and Barneys
I noticed when I had all my darts sat together, they were all roughly the same overall length despite different stems and flights.

I think theres something in it

makes sense to me steve ,so am I to assume that (in theory)we could change to another barrel and set it up so it matched your old barrel in overall length we should (again in theory)be able to throw them pretty much straight away without too much tinkering?

Steve Metalman
28th August 2013, 02:56 PM
makes sense to me steve ,so am I to assume that (in theory)we could change to another barrel and set it up so it matched your old barrel in overall length we should (again in theory)be able to throw them pretty much straight away without too much tinkering?

Thats the theory
However in my research it may involve different shaped flights, so some tinkering may be involved.
For example, as much as I try I cant get pears or slims to work on my Barneys
Kites fish tail slightly, standards are the most stable (for my throw, others may differ)

However, I dont think about it now and just put standards on my straight barrels

But if my theory holds water
Then it takes a lot of guess work out of the equation

Paul R
28th August 2013, 02:58 PM
Thats the theory
However in my research it may involve different shaped flights, so some tinkering would be involved.
For example, as much as I try I cant get pears or slims to work on my Barneys
Kites fish tail slightly, standards are the most stable (for my throw, others may differ)

But if my theory holds water
Then it takes a lot of guess work out of the equation

and that can only be a good thing steve!!I have found with the fishtailing thing (happens to me all the time when first using slims)does improve after a good warm up although ive always thought that shape of flight is more to do with throw power rather than a choice?im open to have my mind changed though:biggrinodf:

Steve Metalman
28th August 2013, 03:22 PM
and that can only be a good thing steve!!I have found with the fishtailing thing (happens to me all the time when first using slims)does improve after a good warm up although ive always thought that shape of flight is more to do with throw power rather than a choice?im open to have my mind changed though:biggrinodf:

A bit of everything Paul
Flight fluid dynamics is rather complicated and I wont pretend to know everything about it

All you want from your flight is for it to stabilise and steer the dart where you throw it.

When it comes to thrust
Then I guess yes matching the surface area to the speed and power of your throw is a useful thing.

In my case my thrust or range, tends to be what will get the dart to the top, middle and bottom of the board with minimum effort

I dont deliberately speed up or slow down the momentum my pitch, or I'll lose the feel of the constant.
I try to minimise the variables as best I can
Adding an unknown such as throwing harder randomly, for me would lead to all sorts of nastys.

My method is to throw as softly as possible at the bull so the dart barely reaches the board
Build up momentum to my natural rhythm and set it at that.

Which brings us back to flights, centre of balance and overcoming gravity etc etc

But whatever my thrust if the dart is going to fish tail I dont want to be adding variables to get the dart to fly nicely
and not have to do twisty and flicky things

I want to throw and go... simples lol

elevendarter
28th October 2013, 06:44 PM
Thought I have already voted here but just now I feel 23g is pretty ok for me.

Bobby301
29th October 2013, 04:23 PM
It really depends on whether I'm at home, where I have to use soft tip, (Council housing. :redfaceodf:) or playing in the local.
For soft tip, it's 16-18 gram, to meet the requirements of the board. Out & about with the steel tips, anything in the medium 20s is fine. I'm consistently better with the weights I use for steel tip, but going lighter for practice is helpful.

BreakingBad
29th October 2013, 05:55 PM
26gm

Free Spirit
30th October 2013, 10:13 PM
Ive played with many weights in my time of playing and tend to prefer between 19 grams and 25 grams

Norm being say 21/22 grams although have done well with many mentioned

But at present playing back with my 19 grams ->although ive added also addagrams to them .

Richy99
31st January 2014, 12:02 PM
started off on about 21g I think, were some barrels I found whilst I used to work in a fishing tackle shop, don't ask they did everything back in the day but was primarily fishing stuff, then I moved to something else and settled for 26g for a set and sued them for years until last year I wanted to try a slightly lighter dart to got a set of 24g kings and from then ive never looked back but I also have a 25g set but prefer the kings for length and weight

The G
9th March 2014, 07:58 AM
Currently 24g.

firefly
31st May 2014, 07:58 AM
24 - 25g. Voted 24.

Gazzarinie
19th August 2014, 07:05 PM
Used to be 24g, but have gone up to 26g now & seem to be throwing more accurately & with more force without even trying to

Shed Inn
19th August 2014, 07:20 PM
Ayup Comrades

Better up date my status as I now throw 22g.

Shed.

justin-tutboard
26th August 2014, 08:10 PM
have used various darts between 23and 26g but sticking with 26