Are you learning about darts to entertain and compete with friends during your home days?

Want to drag your kids or yourself off the TV screen or smartphone for a few hours with a game like a dart?

Or are you preparing for a professional darts tournament?

So with the above requirements, you are wondering where to start?

Let this article help you.

Most of us start playing darts primarily for entertainment purposes, or for those who are passionate about the sport, they choose to participate in professional tournaments to challenge their abilities.

For each different purpose, in addition to learning how to play or dart board, the most important thing is to choose darts.

There are two types of darts, including steel tip darts and soft tip darts.

Steel tip darts have a point made of metal and are designed to play on bristle dart board. Soft tip darts are made from plastic, commonly used on plastic boards or electronic dart boards.

To choose from a beginner, you should first base on what you need to do. Then there are the physical properties and advantages of each. Let’s take a closer look at the differences.

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1.Steel tip darts:

steel tip darts

Steel tip darts are also known as traditional arrows. In other words, right from the beginning when the dart game was born, people used steel darts. That’s why in professional tournaments or long-time players choose steel darts because of its tradition.

Heavier steel tip darts should generally be more beneficial than soft tips in the probability of bouncing off the board. The common weight of steel tip is from 20-30grams, which helps them to allow heavier throwing and greater accuracy. The sharp and strong steelhead can pierce through most dart boards easily. The rate of steel tip being ejected is very low.

The steel itself is an alloy of iron and carbon, thus giving the darts a boost and lower fabrication costs. Hard steel heads rarely break and rarely bend unless they intentionally throw or hit the hard surface. So the durability of the steel tip is also higher than the soft tip.

However, this type also has some disadvantages. During throwing, if you miss the dart, chances are you’ll damage the wall and leave traces like scratches or holes. Besides, this type of steel darts is not recommended if your home has young children or children play this type. Sharp and sharp steel heads will endanger children.

For professional players or those who are interested or want to have more experience with this game, we recommend using steel darts.

2.Soft tip darts:

soft tip darts

Soft darts are a relatively new type of dart recently accepted and popular in the dart playing community.

The soft tip darts are made of nylon or plastic. Sometimes they come with magnets, depending on whether the board is electronic or magnetic. Soft darts are most often used on electronic dart boards.

This type of dart is ideal for indoor play. They are completely harmless to children. Soft tip darts also won’t damage, scratch the walls, or even damage other objects like steel tip darts. This is also the recommended type of darts to play in crowded parties or groups of beginners to avoid minimizing the risk of an accident.

Soft tip darts are often used when the player owns the electronic dart board. The electronic dart board is a relatively popular board type nowadays because they integrate many different games and can automatically calculate points.

The downside is that soft darts are more likely to be worn when played regularly. Because it is made of plastic, it is more fragile than steel. You will need to replace them more often. When buying a soft-headed dart, you should buy the spare so it is always available when you need it.

Soft tip darts are made of plastic so are lighter in weight, which affects the way they are thrown at the board. So soft darts should only be used with an electronic darts board, use with ordinary dart board easily makes darts bouncing and not sticking to the board.

If you’re used to hardening steel noses, this can take you time to figure out how to throw better.

3. What type of dart should I use?

3.1: Do you want to try both types of darts?

Nothing is impossible. But please consider and research carefully before playing both at the same time, with different characteristics as we have analyzed above, this will affect your accuracy.

Steel darts will be heavier than soft darts, so the throwing force for these two types also needs to be different. Also, the standing distance when throwing is different and the dart board for these two types has a different distance structure.

3.2: If only you want to choose 1 of 2 options

We recommend that you choose according to the intended use.

If you just want to play darts to entertain friends or play at parties or play at home, to avoid accidents or unintended incidents and to be safe for children and pets, soft darts tip is the wisest choice.

For long-time players or professional players who participate in tournaments, steel tip darts will be preferred. Steel tip darts will help you practice better for professional tournaments. Because according to the rules of most tournaments about darts, even just in local bars, only steel tip darts are allowed.

Practicing with steel darts will give you an advantage when competing against other players. You can also play a competitive game with your friends. This will give you the feeling of a real expert.

However, you should stay away from areas where there are children or animals and should prepare yourself wall protection.


Hopefully, the above analysis has helped you to come up with clear ideas. First, enjoy it as interesting entertainment, then if interested, try more to challenge yourself. As long as you feel happy and comfortable playing it is okay!

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