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Van Barneveld makes important decision on his hunt to his 6th world title.

During a press conference in the Van der Valk Hotel in Nootdorp, it has been announced that Raymond van Barneveld signed with Target for 5 years. In 2014, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor also made the move from Unicorn to Target. Also RvB played for Unicorn during the last 7 years. The man from The Hague joins the ‘Target Team’ among other players such as Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting, Darryl Fitton and Tony O’Shea.

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With new material and the support of our products, Van Barneveld will chase his dream to win his 6th world title. He let the audience know: ‘A 6th world title. I believe this is possible, especially with new darts and Cheqio, but I do have to work hard for it. Normally, I will quit in 5 years, but if I happen to win a 6th world title or can play in the worlds’ top 4, you might be able to enjoy my darts a little bit longer.’ Almost 8th months ago, Target came up as a possible new sponsor and gear supplier. After a long period of preparations and refining material, it was finally time to sign the 5-years contract this week.

RvB, born in 1967 and meanwhile a very proud grandfather, won his first world title in 1998. He managed to win the BDO world title three times more after that (1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005). In 2007 Barney made the change to the PDC, where he immediately took the world title of Phil Taylor that year. The Britt managed to win the PDC world title 11 times, until the Dutchman joined the PDC. RvB broke Taylor ’s winning streak. After the promising start in the PDC the Dutchman hasn’t been able to win another world title yet. He did succeed in winning several majors, but slowly the 5-times world champion dropped from favourite to the underdog.

In March of 2017, the Dutchman lost the quarter final of the UK open with an average of more than 108! After this, he broke down mentally and announced that he was going to retire from darts. As a true champion he quickly came back on this decision and told the press that he was going to continue to play darts, but was looking for a better balance between family and top sports. A top sportsman always goes for the highest results achievable and can’t cope with defeat.

The reach the highest achievable, to be world champion, one more time, RvB switched to new, specially designed for him, material from Target. Together with Cheqio and a good team, the Dutchman is full of confidence to take his 6th world title back home to The Hague.

Kim Huybrechts approaches perfection

At the World Cup of Darts, Ronny Huybrechts managed to throw an average of 115,62. It seemed to be a Belgian record. Never before, a Belgian player managed to throw an average that high on a televised tournament. Until that match, it was Geert de Vos who had the highest ever Belgian average on a televised tournament.

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Besides Ronny Huybrechts, also his little brother Kim Huybrechts participated at the World Cup of Darts. The fellow countryman, who completed the couple with his brother, overtook Ronny’s record within 24 hours.

The world record of Michael van Gerwen (123,40) was almost reached, but Kim Huybrechts missed one darts on double 18, which I why he just stayed below the world record. With an average of 121,97 the Belgian almost reached perfection and took his brothers‘ record within the day.

The World Cup of Darts has eventually been won by the Dutch super couple; Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld. The orange duo defeated Wales in the final. Earlier they had already beaten Czech Republic, USA, Germany and England.

Peter Wright shows painfully that Darts is a mental game of chess.

The final of the Premier League 2017 is a final that goes down into the history books. Peter Wright reached a 7-2 lead and it seemed nothing was standing on his path to win the biggest trophy with additional prize money. But for the Scotsman it became painfully clear that darts is mental game which he doesn’t master sufficiently yet.

He saw Michael van Gerwen approach to an 8-8- draw, but still managed to stay calm and  regain the lead to give himself a chance to throw for the match.

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After that, nerves took control over The Snakebite. He got 6 darts to throw to win the match and with an average finish percentage over 50% it should have been a guarantee of success. But how different was it, now a major title was at stake.. Wright choked and van Gerwen won the Premier League of Darts.

The 6 throws had a value of 130.000 GBP per dart, the difference between the prize money of the winner and the runner-up.

Top players like Peter Wright can be found in the gym very often to stay fit, but mentally there is still a lot to win. Products like Cheqio make sure you stay calm and concentrated at the crucial moments.

How unique is the perfect leg in darts nowadays?

A couple of years ago, the perfect leg in darts was a very unique achievement. In the 90’s, the prize money for a 9-darter was significantly higher than the main prize of a tournament. This is how John Lowe earned an amount of 102.000 GBP with the first ever televised 9-darter, during the World Matchplay in 1984.

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Nowadays this is different. Last weekend there has been thrown a 9-darters twice, during the PDC Players championship 9 and 10. On Saturday, the perfect leg was for Michael van Gerwen and on Sunday Peter Wright did the almost ‘impossible’. But also for the players who are not on televised stages every week it is possible to throw a perfect leg. This is how Paul Hogan, who recently had beaten Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis at the UK Open, threw the perfect leg at the BDO British International on camera.

The level of darts has increased rapidly over the last years and this is, among other things, because of the approach of darts in general. When you look at old pictures, you will find the players on stage with cigarettes for example. Nowadays the approach is much more professional. Top players are going to the gym, watch their diets and use dietary supplements, such as, for example, Cheqio.

And see the result: Where the perfect leg once was a very unique achievement, it still is special, but it’s already over the term ‘very unqiue’.

20 times in a row a 3-darts average of 100,00

April 5th, 2017

A new record has been set in the darts world. Phil Taylor was record holder of the highest number of televised matches in a row with the 3-darts average of 100,00 or more. Today, this record has been taken by Michael van Gerwen, who scored an average of 100,00 or more from October 2016 until April 2017 on all televised matches.

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It’s typical for the current level of darts being played. Several years ago it was even impressive to throw an average above 95,00 and only very few players reached the 100,00 average. Nowadays the 3-darts average of 100,00 has become the new standard.

Besides, the question isn’t any more if you can throw an average of 100,00, but how many matches in a row could you throw an average of 100,00. The answer is currently 20 and Thursday April 6th could be the 21st time in a row.

Our brand ambassador Raymond van Barneveld plays two games tomorrow. Against James Wade and against his eternal rival Phil Taylor. Hopefully he will be able to keep his third place or even climb in the rankings!

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Van Barneveld blasts Anderson off stage with the support of 10.000 outrageous fans!

Thursday March 16th was a historical day. The Premier League circus stopped in the Netherlands for the second time ever. Last year’s edition was already sensational and despite being thought impossible, it was even bettered this year. Particularly the performance on his home ground of Raymond van Barneveld, our brand ambassador, was an amazing experience for all Dutch supporters and his ‘Barney Army’. Van Barneveld, Barney, threw amazing and was borne on wings by all 10.000 fans. Anderson was blown away by 10.000 and one man and was very quickly ready to pack his bags again. On to next year!

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Almighty for once

Thursday February 23rd, 2017

Unbeatable, that’s what Michael van Gerwen looks like for months now. The man who stands out head and shoulders on the PDC Order of Merit almost forgets how it feels to lose a match. And the chance of him losing a match without even winning one single leg is absolutely zero.

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However, that’s what happened last weekend. Albeit that it wasn’t an official PDC match, but during a demonstration tournament in the U.K. Although ‘Mighty Mike’ played very serious with an almost alien average of 120,86 (!), he didn’t win a leg against Peter Wright. With an average of 133,60 (!) Snakebite was almighty for once. Van Gerwen was beaten with a score of 4-0.

As well as Phil Taylor in his heydays, Van Gerwen doesn’t like a whitewash and is looking for revenge. The next meeting between them is already promising a lot of spectacle. And to think they don’t even use Cheqio yet to lift their performances to an even higher level ;-) This raises the question of what the average 3-darts limit could be?

For our brand ambassador, Raymond van Barneveld, it is hoped that Peter Wright´s play is a bit tempered as compared to last weekend. Van Gerwen plays Adrian Lewis tonight and Klaassen plays Chisnall.

Good luck to all!

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Premier League Darts

Van Barneveld, Klaassen and van Gerwen prepare themselves for the Premier League.

Tonight they have to be ready for the first match night of the Premier League Darts. We are especially talking about the Dutch guys and Belgium player Kim Huybrechts.

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Michael van Gerwen awaits, again, a meeting with Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld meets Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis in his first match. The first obstacle for Jelle Klaassen is Peter Wright, where Kim Huybrechts clashes with James Wade.

For all these top players a very busy schedule lays ahead of them. Every Thursday night they play in a different location and have to get the best out of their selves. To reach this, every player has a different way of preparing for these matches.

Michael van Gerwen participates in almost every darts event organised, if he is available to play. His stamina is often put to the test, because he nearly always plays the maximum amount of matches during a tournament. Besides, when not playing for the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) he could be found playing at his local competition in the Netherlands. He is still registered and allowed to throw some arrows.

Preparing for a busy schedule, which the Premier League brings, could be done by playing training sessions against strong professional darts players, playing several training games in which the calculations, throwing patterns and combinations are being practised and by going to the gym every now and then.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

A good question

During this week's Q&A on Twitter, a Barney fan asked the following question:

"How do you focus without being nervous? Why are you so stable?"

Barney about Cheqio

Watch an interview Raymond van Barneveld gave on Dutch national television.