World Matchplay Darts 2014: Phil Taylor looks comfortable, says Wayne Mardle
Aluminium shafts giving The Power confidence once more
By Wayne Mardle
Last Updated: 21/07/14 2:09pm
Wayne Mardle says Phil Taylor looks comfortable on the oche again after overcoming the issues with his new darts.
The Power beat Darren Webster 10-4 in the opening round of the World Matchplay on Sunday evening and landed a 101.79 average and a high checkout of 132 in his first competitive match using new aluminium shafts.
Taylor switched darts manufacturers at the start of 2014 and has endured a difficult start to the year, but Sky Sports pundit Mardle believes he is back to his best after making some further tweaks to his equipment.
“Forget averages, just look at the way Phil Taylor’s darts were going in,” he told Sky Sports.
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“They were going in perfectly. The angle was spot on and it’s purely the stems. On the stems he was using before, from the bit you screw into the dart to the flight, they were one dimension all the way. They didn’t taper down.
“Now they taper down and they are aluminium as well, so as he’s throwing them they are gliding into the board quicker and dropping.
“They look like how they used to go in and that’s what he wants to see. From his eyeline, with him being about 5ft 7ins, that’s exactly how he wants to see it and obviously he hasn’t been doing that.
“We’ve noticed that when he wasn’t throwing right there was a twirl in the dart causing it to veer over to the left. That’s because he never felt comfortable with the equipment.
“Now he does and I’ve got to say he looked comfortable all the way through. The way the double 16 went in for the 132 was just flush and he just kind of floated it in. He wasn’t able to do that with the previous equipment.
“He’s throwing how he wants to throw. Full credit to Darren Webster for sticking in, as Phil said he wouldn’t go away and was a bit of a pest, but that for me was one of Phil’s best performances of the year.”
Phil Taylor plays Michael Smith in the second round of the World Matchplay, live from 7pm on Wednesday Sky Sports 1.