The flight is necessary to stabilize your dart in the air. Flights are available in a vast selection of colors, sizes and materials. There is no "correct" or "best" flight shape. It depends on your personal throw which flight to choose. Selecting the proper flight for your darts is a trial-error process. We will have a closer look at this in the darts tuning section.
The most important rules for handling your flights are:
1) Always use the same flight shape on all your 3 darts.
2) Always spread your flights. Look:
flat flight: very bad!
|This flight is flat . Bad, bad, bad! When you put new flights on your darts it is likely that the result looks like this. You will have to do some manual "spreading" work with every new flight.|
flight correctly spread: good!
|This flight is spread correctly. You must spread your flights because only this guarantees a proper flight of the dart.|
The flight shape in the pictures above is called "standard". Other shapes are called "pear", "kite", "electro", and many more are available. For getting started you should use the "standard" shape.
Flight protectors are very useful. Their original purpose is enhancing the durability of your flights. Whenever an incoming dart strucks the flight of a dart already sticking in the board this flight is in danger of being damaged. The flight protector can almost eliminate this damage. Another benefit is that flight protectors help keeping your dart spread -- which is a necessity (as explained above). The negative point with flight protectors is that they tend to get lost. When it pops off a dart it is usually impossible to find on the floor later -- it's just too small. Use flight protectors. You will have to spend a few additional bucks a season, but the benefit is worth the price.