Dart flights are nothing but the small fins you observe at the back of darts. It is with the help of dart flights that darts can fly smoothly when thrown at the dartboard. These aerodynamic stabilisation providing fins come in various shapes, sizes, colours, textures and materials. In order for you to pick the right dart flight, you must understand how these factors or aspects influence the behaviour of your darts.
Here are the four main things you must consider and understand:
The first and foremost thing you must understand before picking the right dart flight is its shape. It one of the most important aspects that affect the trajectory of your darts. There are many shapes available when it comes to dart flights. Some of them are more famous and commonly used such as standard, pear, slim, kite, big wing, vortex, etc.
The size of your dart flight is an important aspect to understand. The surface area of the fin is directly related to the size of your flight. As the surface area increases the resistance through air increases. This means large dart flights make the dart go slow creating a parabolic path.
Dart flights come in various materials including polymers, hard foil and nylon. Understanding what material is used to make your dart flight is important because the material affects the thickness and weight which is responsible for the drag and lift on your dart. In other words, the material influences the trajectory of your darts.
Texture too has a role to play when it comes to your dart flights. Dart flights now come with tiny dimples on them in the form of intricate patterns. These dimples are responsible for considerably increasing the surface area which offers extra drag without making the flight larger in size.
The interplay of all the above-mentioned aspects offers each flight its own distinctive identity. This is what makes a hard plastic dimpled fan tail-shaped flight act much in a different way than a smooth nylon kite-shaped flight.