The circular form and concentric rings of the tree trunk that served as the game's first target are thought to have inspired the traditional dartboard layout that is still in use today. The term "butt," which derives from the French word but, which means "target" or "goal," is an earlier name for a dartboard.
Although this is debatable, the conventional numbered point system is credited to Lancashire carpenter Brian Gamlin, who created it in 1896 to penalize precision. Different combinations from different eras and locations have been employed. The Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards, in instance, differ from the conventional board in that they only feature double and bullseye instead of triple. The normal board is larger than the Manchester board, which has a playing surface that is just 25 cm wide with double and bull regions that are barely 4 mm in size. Another version is the London Fives board, which has just 12 equal segments with doubles and trebles measuring 0.25 inches in width.
Prior to World War I, solid slabs of wood, typically elm, were used to construct dartboards in British pubs. But because darts pockmarked the elm's surface, it frequently developed a hole around the treble twenty. The requirement for frequent soaking of elm wood to maintain its softness was the second issue.
Dartboards were first produced in 1935 by scientist Ted Leggatt and bar owner Frank Dabbs using the century plant, a kind of agave. Sisal fibers were bundled together in little bundles that were all the same length. A metal ring was used to bind the bundles after they had been compacted onto a disk. This brand-new dartboard became popular right away. It needed less upkeep and was more resilient. Additionally, when darts penetrated the board, they merely split the packed fibers, causing little to no harm to the board.
Arrowheads or crossbow bolts served as the first darts. The first darts designed specifically for this purpose were constructed from solid wood, weighed down with a strip of lead, and equipped with split turkey feather flights. Since they were mostly made in France, these darts came to be known as French darts. Wooden barrels were still in use in the 1950s even after metal barrels were granted a patent in 1906.
Brass, which was readily available and very inexpensive, was used to create the first metal barrels. The wooden shafts were either fletched as previously or made to accept a paper flight. They were threaded to suit the tapped barrel. The 1970s saw the continuous employment of this kind of dart. Although one-piece moulded plastic shaft and flight darts were also available, with the widespread usage of plastic, the shaft and flight started to be made separately.
The British Darts Organization and a number of well-known players who were dissatisfied with the way the national championships were being administered had the first serious organizational split in the history of the sport in 1992.
The World Darts Council, or Professional Darts Corporation as it is currently called, was established as a result of this split.
In an effort to include darts into a useful sport, each of these organizational bodies have put in a ton of work. Every year, top-notch events are held, including a World Championship.
The game of darts is currently extremely popular; the world's most famous events are aired live, and sponsors are launching multimillion dollar marketing campaigns.