questionsanybody have knowledge on dart boards?

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I'm personally not a big dart player, but my brother plays quite a bit at bars and dabbles in league play.

He's been playing at home on an electronic bristle dart board, but has some regrets about going bristle. He likes the real feel of it over the standard plastic board, but the problem is all bars have plastic, so practicing on bristle doesn't make much sense. In addition to that, the bristle works best when using metal tips, as plastic have a tendancy to break and not stick very well. This poses two problems.

First, playing at home using metal then playing at the bar using plastic doesn't provide consistency, since the weight and flight of the dart changes slightly.

The second problem arrises when using metal darts with an electronic board. Unless a person buys a board with some protection or manufactures some sort of protective cover, the electronic display is at a constant risk of damage caused by a metal tip going into the display.

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I guess the main point I'm trying to make here is if you're looking for the ability to improve your skill and wish to have that skill translate to many different settings, a plastic dartboard would probably be most desirable. In addition, an electronic dartboard would be ideal, since it is very easy to play many different games without the hassle of manually keeping track of score in many different game types.

Bristle boards are more genuine, but they aren't available for play most places where a person would play darts. Plastic tips also don't work very well in them, and metal tips make it a hassle to keep track of score manually and are dangerous to electronic boards, as well as unusable at almost all locations away from home.

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I'll try.

Plastic dart boards? Bad.

Electronic dart boards? Bad.

Plastic tip darts? Bad.

Get the real thing. Get a cork board in your house and use pen/paper or chalk/slate to keep score. It's good for your brain.

Where I live there are a handful of serious leagues and they all use real dart boards. I don't think I've even seen an electronic board in this city.

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What @wootbretz said.

Get yourself a good bristle dart board and a set of metal darts. I recommend plunking down a few extra bucks for titanium darts over brass myself.

Both board and darts will last you a very long time, play enjoyably, and become old friends. My board is 61 years old (inherited from my father-in-law) and going strong. My darts are a mere 15 years old but doing just fine, thank you.

Heck, part of the atmosphere, tradition and joy of the game is the simplicity of low-tech. Score? get yourself a chalkboard. Good enough for 10,000 bars for 200 years, good enough for me...

Plastic, electronic crap... Not worth it. It'll break, it'll quit working, it'll just not be that much fun.

A good mug and a quality fermented malted-barley beverage with "boddington's" or "guiness" on the label should generally be involved too, IMHO.

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what @wootbretz and @KCjones99 said

I worked in a bar that had a dart league. They always used real darts and a real board. I never saw a plastic dartboard in a bar until I went to Pittsburgh area bar and asked why they were using that junk. Bartender said so they didn't get sued. I asked if there was any other reason and he said not really.

I'm not trying to say that this is why every bar has plastic now, just that one bar.

I have a dartboard in my game area. It is bristle and metal darts. I put up some padding around it because the kids love chucking those dart like the little devils they are. Ceiling, wall, and floor. Don't think protecting 1' around the dart board, think 6-9 feet around it. And put something on the ground underneath it to catch the metal pointed darts. I use a 4x8 sheet of styrofoam insulation.

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Like others have said, go with whatever kind your local bars use.

I might recommend going cheap to start. (You can find plastic tip boards with electronic scoring for under $50.) I bought a board so I could practice at home, and after about 2 weeks I was rarely using it. What I found was I enjoyed the social aspects of darts more than the game itself. I just couldn't get into playing alone, so that that board is just a decoration now.