Shot Darts Shaft Guide
Much the same as different grips and designs of darts can help your performance, choosing the right accessories like shafts is a decision that requires some food for thought. Dart Shaft lengths, for example, help to determine the way a dart performs.
There isn’t a “best” shaft or flight to use in darts as this usually comes down to personal preference. If you are a watcher of darts on TV and are new to the game, you will notice players will have their own particular choices in shaft length and type.
This is where experimentation comes into play. As expendable items, shafts don’t require a considerable investment fortunately so if your new to the game we advise buying Value Packs – especially those with a variety of shafts and flights that you can use to fine-tune your performance.
Here’s a quick guide to help you choose what’s right for your throwing style.
Short Shafts tend to move the centre of gravity of the dart towards the front of the barrel, and this size is ideal if you hold the dart at the front end of the barrel.
In-between shafts give great balance to the flight of the dart and ensure that it hits the board at an optimum angle. A complimentary balance between control and stability is what makes the In-between shaft so popular among players.
Medium shafts are the most forgiving length. Slightly longer than the In-between length, these are ideal for a player that wants assistance towards achieving maximum stability of their darts. A popular length choice for new players.
We've covered the most common lengths of shafts, now let’s look at the types of materials used in the manufacturing process, made from a variety of robust materials with features to improve your overall performance.
For super new players - in this blog post, we will talk about dart shafts and dart stems. Both are the same word for the interchangeable part that sits between the dart barrel and where the dart flight attaches.
Mako Dart Stems are crafted from Grade 5 titanium, known for its exceptional strength and resistance to fatigue. Cross holes for tightening and O rings are included for superior shaft-to-barrel fit. Designed for use with 100 Micron or lower dart flights, these are a great choice for those who throw from the back needing grip or if you are looking for high dart shaft durability. Plus they look impressive too!
Tao (meaning a traditional Māori spear) is meticulously crafted in carbon composite for featherlight durability. The sleek aerodynamic tapered-waisted design on these carbon dart shafts reduces air disturbance, carving a precise and true flightpath with each throw. The spring ring grips on the Tao dart shaft not only secures the flight but also reduces the risk of those frustrating robin hood shots.
Shot Koi Carbon Dart Stems feature a two-point taper design that’s all about durability. Koi Carbon dart shafts are engineered to be tough where it counts, right up to where they meet your dart flight. Multiple filets team up at the tip to help locate the flight while minimizing those frustrating deflections and breakages. Along with this, carefully placed chamfered cuts at an optimal depth on these stems ensure the dart flights fit securely and sit flush in the dart shaft. These shafts come in a wide range of designs and colours.
Eagle Claw Shafts
Shot Darts Eagle Claw shafts are manufactured from tough and durable polycarbonate material with a 2BA thread. The deep cut in the shaft ensures your flight can be pushed well down into the slot which means a greater contact surface. Shafts are fitted with an additional ring to ensure a tight fit between flight and shaft during play and feature Eagle Claw icon. In a variety of colours.
Featherweight, yet super tough, precision Shot Aluminum professional dart stems are crafted for both steel and soft tip darts. These dart stems will also feature across-hole area, ensuring a secure connection to your dart barrel. They come with Shot Rubber O-Rings for an even tighter fit.
In a nutshell when it comes to dart shafts101 we advise:
Experiment! – do try out different lengths and materials until your satisfied with your darts performance.
Stock up! There’s nothing worse than running out of accessories when you're out for a night playing friends or at league night or tournaments.
And finally, remember shafts are expendable items! If a shaft breaks, it’s not the end of the world. Read more about this in our next article on troubleshooting broken dart shafts.