posted Sep 19 2013 2:25PM
Hand-eye coordination is a funny thing. Especially if you don't have much. Like me. For years I was an enthusiastic darts player. I never joined a team or anything. But I had a dart board in the house and when I was bored I'd throw darts.
From my time playing baseball I've got a pretty decent throwing arm, and with a ball I've got pretty good accuracy. It's all about muscle memory. Once you train the body how to do something, it kind of runs on automatic pilot, to the extent that when throwing a baseball I didn't even have to look at the target to hit it.
I assumed it would be the same way with darts. It wasn't. I couldn't hit the bullseye if it was a foot in diameter. And it wasn't for lack of trying. I practiced with those stupid things for hours on end, several days a week. And I never got any better. So I gave up. I took up pool. I'm not much better at that, but it's easier on the elbow. The point (and there is one) is that if I learned anything, it's this: hobbies are never fun if instead of just doing them you're obsessed with being the best. If you already know this, I salute you. As for me, I had to learn it the hard way. Cheers.