**PPD explained**

Points per Dart (PPD) is one of the most accurate ways of measuring how good a dart player you are. It is the average number of points that you score per dart in a game of 501. It can be calculated for an individual leg, match, evening or even over the course of a complete season. The longer the period and the more games played the more accurate the measure of ability as the exceptionally good and bad games will average out.

Calculating PPD in a winning leg:

Take the score made (501) divided by the number of darts thrown before hitting the double. All missed shots should be counted. If you bust a score on the first or second dart it still counts as 3 darts thrown.

For a leg of 501 | |

Darts | PPD |

33 | 15.18 |

25 | 20.04 |

20 | 25.05 |

18 | 27.83 |

15 | 33.40 |

Calculating PPD in a losing leg:

Take the score made (501- points remaining when opponent finishes) divided by the number of darts thrown. Again all missed shots should be counted. If you bust a score on the first or second dart it still counts as 3 darts thrown.

For a leg of 501 | |||

Darts | Remaining | Scored | PPD |

33 | 28 | 473 | 14.33 |

27 | 28 | 473 | 17.52 |

24 | 81 | 420 | 17.50 |

21 | 81 | 420 | 20.00 |

18 | 121 | 380 | 21.11 |

From the above examples you can see that the higher score remaining when your opponent finishes the leg does not necessarily indicate that you were playing worse since it all depends on how many darts you threw. It may just indicate that you had a better opponent!

Calculating PPD over a match or longer:

For each leg played you must record how many darts were thrown and what score you had remaining. If you win the leg, you have 0 remaining! At the end of the match you add up the total score remaining and subtract it from 501 times the number of legs and then divide by the total number of darts thrown. See the following example:

For a leg of 501 | W/L? | Calculation for match | ||

Darts | Remaining | 5 legs x 501 = | 2505 | |

21 | 60 | loss | - score remaining | -140 |

25 | 0 | win | total scored = | 2365 |

18 | 80 | loss | total darts = | 110 |

22 | 0 | win | Point per Dart average | |

24 | 0 | win | PPD = 2365/110 = | 21.5 |

110 | 140 | 3-2 win |

Now you know how to calculate your PPD its back to the board for practice to improve your darts. Many players can score fairly consistently but struggle when they have to hit a double. Unfortunately all those missed shot will drastically reduce your PPD score. It is therefore important to practice finishing.

"Remember you cannot win unless you hit a double"

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