Golf is a game of precision, patience and skill. It takes hours of practice, practice and more practice to be considered an outstanding player. A golfer trying to break any number of milestones will attest that golf is not easy.
Darts, the unwitting spectator will suggest is just the opposite. It is a game that requires little skill and can be played almost anywhere.
Interestingly, I suggest that golf and darts have many common challenges and to be skilled at both is more difficult that one may think.
Both sports require players to follow certain rules or etiquette. In darts, no Player or Member shall act in a manner which may reasonably be considered to be prejudicial to the interests or standing of the DRA or which could reasonably be considered to injure or discredit the DRA or bring the game of darts into disrepute. In golf, the same basic rule applies.
Golf uses cool terms like bogey, birdie, lag putt, big dog, chili dip, and shank.
Darts uses terms like Bed & Breakfast, Diddle for the Middle, Mugs Away, Robin Hood, Ton, and Sunset Strip.
Golf is played with friends – so is darts.
Drinking while playing darts is fun for some (actually encouraged) – the same for golf.
Finally, the elusive shot in golf happens rarely (hole in one) – same for darts (score of 180 with three darts)! Well they are extremely rare for us amateurs.
Regardless what you may think, golf and darts are just fun to play. Both offer unique opportunities to excel and enjoy the company of other players. My suggestion would be that if you have never played either, then give it a try! You never know how much fun you are missing.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!