The Advice Series

Advice Series: Paul Lim

Many players today know Paul Lim as one of the premier soft tip darts players in the world, yet so many have had only a small glimpse of the man’s career in darts in recent years due to his continued success while competing at Dartslive international events. In the second edition of The Advice Series, I am sharing with you some of the introduction in his interview, as well as the player advice that he was gracious enough to take the time to complete for me for my book, The Ultimate Book of Darts.

Paul is a former military policeman and a former chef. He served his National Service in the Singapore Army between the ages of 18 to 21. He arrived in Britain for a course in cookery, studying at Battersea and Westminster Colleges in London and became a chef at the Chelsea Hotel in Knightsbridge. It was whilst he was in England studying that he was introduced to the game of darts. A few of the chefs were sharing an apartment, and they would go down to the local pub for a drink or two, and since he was not much of a drinker, he would throw some darts while we were there.

Paul has been playing darts since 1976 and credits his actual start in the steel tip game when he used to play in a pub called the Robin Hood, near Gunnersbury Station in London, Chiswick. It was not a league, but just a weekly knockout tournament. Players would buy in for 50 pence and the winner would get a bottle of whiskey, which gave him a lot to have in stock for Christmas and New Year’s.

Paul Lim, nicknamed the Singapore Slinger, will forever be remembered for being the first player to hit a perfect nine-dart finish during the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship (steel tip) in 1990 against Jack McKenna. It remained the only televised nine-dart game to have been achieved in either version of the world championships until 2009. The bonus prize of £52,000 was more than eventual tournament winner Phil Taylor claimed for becoming world champion.

Paul Lim 9 Dart Game video

Paul is more well-known nowadays as one of the best soft-tip player in the world, even having a dart game programmed with his voice called “out on a Lim”.

Paul’s sponsors include DMC, who features his Paul Lim Signature dart; L-Style-he uses the carbon shaft and tear drop shaped flights; Doron, NKW.gram (shirts) and iDarts Fame. Paul is also a consultant for Dartslive, as well as one of their sponsored players.

When asked what advice he would give a new player, Paul shared 10 points of interest, as follows: 

  1. Be comfortable in all sense (i.e. the grip, the stance, the balance and the throw) you have to feel comfortable.
  2. Cut down, as many movements of your body as possible, do not use your body to help throw the darts.
  3. Learn the basic fundamentals of a simple throw, using your upper hand, the throw with the wrist break and follow through with the palm facing down at the finish point. The follow through is the most important.
  4. Practice the follow through routine as much as you can, so that the throw becomes a memory (muscle memory). This will build consistency.
  5. Understand the line of throw and the flight path of the dart to the target on the dartboard.
  6. Do not find excuses of having no time to practice. All you need is 15 to 30 minutes of throwing and you can do it at home, so there are no excuses.
  7. When playing a match, throw the same way like you do during practice whenever and whoever you are playing against.
  8. Watch how your dart lands on the dartboard, because you can tell if you are releasing your darts properly or consistently from the way it sticks in the dartboard.
  9. Do not try to be too careful throwing because in doing so you will throw differently.  Just look at the target, set up and throw. The more you think and analyze your throw, the more damage there is. More simply, do not think too much.
  10. And last, enjoy the game. Have fun regardless. This is supposed to be fun from the start, so have FUN…and enjoy the game.

Anne Sleepy Kramer www.sleepykramer.com  

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The Advice Series

Advice Series: Randy (Big Dog)

In 2012, I was presented a random offer from a publisher to write a book about darts for them. They wanted a “How To” book, but any content after that, was my choice. When I started writing it, I knew one thing was certain, and that I wanted a section in the book devoted to advice from top players. My time was limited, so my player options were limited too. There were so many players out there that I wanted to talk to about this. And I know many players out there wanted to hear what these top players had to say. I was told many times that I could probably write an entire book just on player advice. But I ended up limiting the chapter to 25 of the top players in North America, with a variety of steel tip and soft tip players, and both the ladies and the men. Starting with this blog, I will be sharing what those 25 players had to say. These are the exact copies of what is printed in the book for your enjoyment. During the course of this blog, I will also be reaching out to many other players to get their “advice” as well. So enjoy! And stay tuned for more!

Randy Van Deursen has the honor of being first. Randy has a very impressive career in soft tip darts. I didn’t know him well, the usual Facebook friends in common, but that was about it. Yet he was still gracious enough to take some time to offer this advice to new players for the book.


Randy has been playing darts for 24 years! He is currently sponsored by Dynasty Japan, L-Style, Dart Brokers and Ultimate Team Gear (UTG).


Randy’s equipment of choice is the 18 gram Big Dog signature A-Flow barrel made by Dynasty, Signature Big Dog L-Style Flights, L-Style Shafts and L-Style Lippoint dart tips.The question is: What advice would you give to a new player?“Over the years I did get a lot of people asking this question. There are two things that I believe will help players become the best they can be. The first step is to find a player that has the same passion for the sport as you do, who is also very close to your level of skill at the game and make that person your practice partner. If you play against someone who is significantly better than you are and you subsequently get beat all the time, it may eventually deter you from playing and you could wind up quitting all together. On the other hand, if you practice against someone that is considerably below your skill level you may run the risk of picking up some bad habits or you could find yourself becoming a lazy player simply because you are not being challenged and you don’t have to try as hard. By finding a practice partner with the same level of skill as your own you will both grow together. If at some point one becomes a little better it will force the other player to practice that much harder in an effort to get better than the other player. This back and forth battle between you and your practice partner will help you both climb the ladder to greatness. The second thing I tell people is to go out to different locations (if possible) to get the experience of playing against other people. There is a tendency for a lot of people to just go to their local bar and play the same people, never venturing out of their little dart world to see what else is out there. This could hinder a player from really reaching their full potential. To really get to the top of the game a player needs to get out and experience what it is like to play other players from all over the globe. These will not only help the player find out where they stand in the game, but they could also pick up some valuable new ideas on strategies to help their game. There is a whole big dart community out there with thousands and thousands of players. So get out there and experience it to truly become the best dart player you can be and by doing so you will develop some great friendships along the way that will last a lifetime.” 


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