Handicapping is when a player is given special privileges in order to make the opponents more equal due to the superiority of one another player.

Handicapping standards in dart games vary from league to league depending on the type of tournaments being played.

Some general examples of how to handicap are:

Handicapping a 2-Player 301 Game

  1. Each player throws 90 darts in three 30-dart sets.
  2. After the three sets are completed, their scores are added to calculate the total points.
  3. The average point per dart is calculated by dividing the total points by 90.
  4. The lower of the two player’s point per dart average is subtracted from the higher average and then multiplied by 20 in order to determine the handicap amount.

For example, if one player’s average is 18 and the other player has a 14-point average then the handicap is determined using the following:

  • 18 – 14 = 4
  • 4 x 20 = 80

The handicap for this player is 80 points. These points are then subtracted from 301, and the handicapped player would start the game with 221 points instead of the standard 301 points.

Handicapping a Team Game of 501

Add each player’s point per dart average

  1. Subtract the lower team’s average from the average of the higher team.
  2. Multiply the difference by 20, and subtract that number from 501 to determine the handicapped team’s starting point level.

For example, if one team has a 28-point per dart average and the other team has a 22-point per dart average is calculated as follows:

  • 28 – 22 = 6
  • 6 x 20 = 120
  • 501 – 120 = 381

The handicapped team then starts the game at 381 points instead of 501.