Different Darts Boards For You

Although the game of darts originated in the Middle Ages, it has a widespread popularity which is spreading throughout the centuries. The new technology has taken the gun element of the game to the highest level possible.

Having read up on dart equipment, one should get to know more about different darts boards, which form the second most important component of the darts game and should not be overlooked.

You will come across many types of darts boards in the present day, made up of different materials. The most approved and popular of which are cork, sisal and some other synthetic materials.

A standard size target area for a dartboard is 15.5 inches, as far as measurement goes. But most boards have a diameter of 18 inches in the market.

The two main types of darts boards are explained below:

Bristle Dart boards

In early times, the dartboards were made out of coarse hog hairs called bristles. So even if alternative materials have long replaced it, the term still remains. Today, the most common material used for bristle boards are cork and sisal.

Dartboards made of cork material crumble easily especially when subjected to too much poking.

Sisal, which is the other material used for making dartboards, is a fibrous material commonly used in making rope. When a dart punctures the sisal dart board, it nestles in between fibers as the fibers give way to the point. You won’t find any actual hole or damage done to this type of darts boards. Hence, this board lasts a whole lot longer than cork.


Spiders form the division lines for scoring areas on the board and are seen as wires and staples on the surface of the board. As a dart’s point cannot penetrate the spider, it bounces off the board. Bounce outs happen when a dart hits the spider section of a dartboard.

By making retractable tip darts, dart makers have tried to sort out the problem. When the tips of these darts hit a spider, it moves back slightly into the body. The momentum of the throw allows the tip to push back right into the board.

Another solution by dartboard makers offered are by providing embedded thin spiders inside the board. With the division lines still visible, the problem of bounce outs is greatly reduced.

Practice on the different darts boards available to choose the one that suits you.