Dartboard measurements and how they came about

In this article, we discuss the dartboard regulations and how they came about earlier in the 1970s.

Dartboard Height

The dartboard height should be 5 feet and 8 inches (1.73 meters) from the floor to the center of the bullseye.

Dartboard Throwing Distance

The dartboard distance, measuring from the floor inline with the front of the dartboard should be 7 feet and 9.25 inches (2.73 meters).

The distance from the center of the bullseye down to the oche should be 9 feet 7.35 inches (2.93 meters).

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How the strange throwing distance came about

The distance 7 feet and 9.25 inches often confuses many. Why would the number not just be rounded up to 7'10? 

It is widely believed that this number was not wildly plucked from the air and it was due to conflicting throwing distances between the UK and the rest of the world.

Whilst in the UK the throwing distance was widely recognised as 7 feet and 6 inches, players from across the globe felt this was to short as were used to throwing from nearer to 9 feet. It was agreed by the World Darts Federation (WDF) to increase the throwing distance to 2.73 meters. As the federation worked in meters and not imperial measurements as used in the UK this worked out to the throwing distance we know today - 7 feet 9 and a quarter inches.



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