Dartboard Height and Distance

Dartboard Height and Distance

Darts is a competitive game based on a player’s throwing skills. To become a pro, you need to play darts with correct measurements and rules. This might sound basic, but it’s not! There are different rules and dimensions which are developed globally, and you need to learn those all. In this blog, we will discuss every necessary aspect related to dartboard distance and height. So, let’s open up the discussion!


Regulation Dart Distance

Darts is a popular sport that has evolved greatly in times. It has a complete history, so it is important to consider the current and exact distance and height measurements to play it correctly. First, we have to hang a dartboard at the exact height.

Dartboard Mounting Height

To mount a dartboard, find a plain vertical surface, for instance, a wall. Remember to hang the dartboard in the wall center at 5 feet and 8 inches above ground level. It is equal to the eye level of a 6 feet tall human being. You can place a scoreboard on the side of the dartboard.

That’s not all! You have to protect your wall, too; otherwise, the rogue darts will definitely damage your wall. What is the best way to protect a dartboard? There are many things to put behind the board for protection like cloth, rope, wood planks, cork, etc. I found cabinets great for serving this purpose. Also, make sure to hang the dartboard far from sensitive or glass materials like windows, TV, lamps, or anything breakable to avoid mutilation.

Distances and Measurements

There are some important dimensions and terms which every dart player should know! First, the oche refers to the board’s distance from the front side to the player’s toe line—from where he will be throwing darts. Oche should be equal to 7 feet and 9.25 inches or 237 cm. A player must stand behind this line.

The second term is “dartboard height regulation,” which means that a dartboard is different for a standing player than a player in a wheelchair. For a standing player, height is measured from the floor (vertically upward) to the bullseye, and it should be equal to 5 feet and 8 inches or 173 cm. On the other hand, for wheelchair use, it should be equal to 4 feet and 5 inches or 137 cm.

How to Measure the Device?

While measuring the dimensions, “bullseye” is the main area of attention. All the measurements initiate or end at this point. At first, glance, gauging the oche distance and dartboard height might seem easier, but it is not so basic, especially if you’ve to deal with uneven surfaces. For irregular surfaces, you’ve to measure distance diagonally.

Some players find diagonal measurements difficult but don’t sweat it. You can do it with distance measuring management which is available on retailers. The best thing is that one end gets fastened to the center of the bullseye. If you’re not using this, then you’ll need someone’s help to measure distance properly.

Moreover, the dartboard shapes also make a difference. The boards mainly come in two shapes: circular and square boards. The main key is to hold the board uniformly and focus on the bullseye no matter what.

Wheel-Chair Dartboard Setup

A player in a standing position is at a different height than a person sitting in a wheelchair. Thus, for disabled players, the measurements should be different. This idea originated in 2010 and resulted in height regulation and distance from bullseye to standing line.

In the current rules, the dartboard height should be 4 feet and 5 inches or 137 cm for disabled players. The distance is measured from wheels towards the bullseye center. Other rules are the same for all!



Can you lean over the line in a dart game?
A player can throw a dart from any point; make sure that your foot or wheel (of a wheelchair) doesn’t cross the edge of the line. In simple words, you can lean the upper body over the line in a dart game but can’t cross the line. But, please make sure to practice that technique before you apply that in your game.

Can you throw all 3 darts at once?
According to darts rules, if you throw a dart at a bullseye, you’ll get 50 points. While, if you throw at the outer ring, you’ll score 25 points. It is not necessary to throw all three darts at once. It is possible that you can win at your first turn or second. I never suggest throwing three darts at once.

How do you throw darts with precision?
Pull your elbow up and keep an eye on the center of the target, i.e., bullseye, and you’re done. Make sure that your arm above the elbow will not move while you’re throwing darts. It should play the role of the pendulum’s base to move the dart towards the dartboard.

Why do darts not fly straight?
Never even try to do that! Darts should follow an angle different from a straight line to meet the target point. This is called a parallax or parabolic curve, which a dart follows when you throw it. A parabolic curve generally refers to an angle that starts from a low point, gradually rises in the air, and finally ends at a board or target.

Are heavier darts more accurate?
There is no such rule because accuracy depends on your throwing skill or experience level rather than the weight of the dart. The lighter darts follow a parabolic curve, while the heavier darts follow a straight path. I find lighter darts more beginner-friendly than heavy darts.


Summing Up

Dart is one of the coolest sports! You can become a pro player if you start practicing at home. To play darts, one must follow international rules and standards, including exact distances and heights. I’ve mentioned all the related facts and figures with supporting statements to understand darts’ dynamics in this blog. I hope you’ll get better at your game soon!

Happy Darting!