Dartboard Setup Measurements

Your dartboard setup measurements is one of the most important aspects in the game of darts. You do not want to learn the game and after months of practice, just as you really feel at ease with playing a good game, you find out your dart board height or the distance was wrong from the beginning. To try and rectify your skills once these measurements has changed could have a huge influence on your game in future. The best advice is to do it right the first time!

These are the standard dartboard setup measurements according to the rules of the World’s Primary Darts Governing Bodies, the WDF – (World Darts Federation), the BDO – (British Darts Organization) and the PDC – (Professional Darts Corporation).

Dartboard Setup Measurements

  1. The Dartboard Height – Center of Bull to the GroundSetup the dartboard height to measure 5 Feet 8 Inches from the center of the dartboard (the center of the bull) to the ground. The height can also be measured as 68 inches, 1.73 meters or 173 centimeters.
  2. The Dartboard Distance – Ground to the Oche Setup the dartboard throwing distance to measure 7 Feet 9 and a quarter inch from the FRONT of the dartboard to the FRONT of the OCHE(Throwing Line). The throwing distance can also be measures as 93.25 inches, 2.37 meters or 237 centimeters.
  3. The Dartboard Distance – Center of Bull to the Oche After your dartboard has completely been setup, it is a good idea to measure the distance from the center of the bull to the oche(throwing line) to make 100% sure all measurements are correct. If this distance shows to be 9 Feet 7 and a half inch then you know your dartboard was setup correctly. The distance from the center of the bull to the throwing line can also be measured as 115.35 Inches, 2.93 meter or 293 centimeter.

Dartboard Setup Tips

  • Setup your dartboard in a safe and secure area that is wide enough for people to stand around while waiting to play. An area with at least a meter on both sides of the dartboard should be wide and safe enough to prevent anyone from getting hurt if any darts should bounce-out.
  • The area should preferably have a carpet or wooden floor. Tile floors, cement or anything similar will damage the darts that bounce-out. It is a good idea to place a dart mat directly below the dartboard on any type of floor. A dart mat will protect your darts and will save you time to install an oche(throwing-line), because dart mats are completely marked for this purpose else any normal piece of carpet will do.
  • The area must be well lit or contain / be able to hold the necessary fixtures to provide adequate lighting to the dartboard.
  • It is a good idea to place the dartboard in a dartboard cabinet. A cabinet will protect the wall and will save you time to put up scoreboard/s.
  • If a dartboard cabinet is not used, erect a scoreboard on one or both sides of the dartboard, where it is easy visible.
  • If a dartboard cabinet is not used, it is a good idea to place a wooden board or some kind of protection behind the dartboard to protect your darts and the wall should someone miss when throwing at the dartboard.
  • Make absolutely sure that all dartboard setup measurements are 100% accurately. Once you get use to the throwing distance and height, you can immediately feel it if someone else’s measurements are not the same and it will influence your throwing and vice versa.

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