Once you’ve decided on the best darts for you, you need to figure out what sort of shaft works best for you. These come in a variety of materials and sizes. Each of which will have an effect on your performance.
· Plastic/Nylon: This is the cheapest material. It comes in nearly any color you can think of and is highly customizable. They also break pretty easily. They work well for most people though. That is until they become better players and start getting tighter groupings. Then the breaking becomes an issue, and it can get rather expensive.
· Solid Aluminum: This is much more durable than the plastic. It’s also more rigid. A variety of colors are available in this style as well. Some even have decorative engravings on them. It’s possible to get a custom engraving.
· They do have a tendency to come loose, however. Especially on the heavier darts. This can be counteracted by inserting rubber rings between the shaft and the barrel. You’ll have to pry the shaft back a little in order to insert the ring. Aluminum is pliable enough to where it shouldn’t break during this procedure.
· Carbon Fiber: These ones are light weight and extremely durable. This means that they are more expensive. But if you want the best darts, money shouldn’t be an issue. At least not once you’ve tried out all the other kinds and know exactly what you want.
· High quality carbon shafts have the durability of the aluminum ones, without the detrimental propensity to vibrate loose. They also don’t bend. This will help with your accuracy in the long run.
· Spinning: Many shafts now come with the ability to spin. This will move the flights out of the way and allow for tighter grouping. No more getting knocked out by another dart. These don’t improve the drag or accuracy of your darts, however. They are simply for tighter groupings. These help prevent torn flights, shafts that get “Robin Hooded,” and even deflections.
· Composite: These have plastic bases that are threaded into the shaft. They are combined with aluminum, or some other metal alloy, tops that hold onto the flights. These are probably the best shafts for beginner and professional alike. They are durable and affordable. They won’t vibrate loose from the barrel nearly as easily as aluminum. Usually they come with replacement tops as well. This will help ensure that, if anything should happen, you’re always prepared.
As with any other aspect of buying darts, you’ll want to head to your local dart store and try out all the different varieties before you buy. The clerks there should be able to help walk you through the steps required in order to find your own personal best darts. Don’t let them pressure you into buying right then and there though. Always make sure you do some research and see if you can find better deals online. Chances are that there are websites with better pricing. Although supporting local business is important, so try to buy at least one thing.