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De Zwaan downs Van Gerwen in Matchplay sensation

Saturday, 21 July 2018 23:28:30 Europe/London

It will rank as one of the biggest upsets in the 25-year history of the World Matchplay and it is Unicorn new boy Jeffrey de Zwaan who stunned World No.1 Michael van Gerwen on the opening night at the Winter Gardens.

De Zwaan shocked Van Gerwen 10-6 with a classy, cultured and cool display. A sensational result and the second time he’s beaten the World No.1 in a TV ‘Major’ this year after his triumph at the UK Open.

Make no mistake, this was thoroughly deserved as he forced Van Gerwen into a series of errors.

De Zwaan, who now plays Adrian Lewis, couldn’t hide his delight at the biggest win of his career.

“I always thought I could do it,” he said. “At five legs all, my belief grew, and he started to panic a bit I think.”

“I kept cool and he started to feel pressure. It is an amazing feeling for sure!”

The Unicorn starlet came from 0-2 down and kept pace with Van Gerwen. His finishing was spot on. He levelled at 4-4 with four hits at ‘tops’ and again at 6-6 with a sublime 121 check-out.

That was the signal for a glorious golden run. De Zwaan won five straight legs and Van Gerwen simply had no answer.

De Zwaan hit his 10 doubles from only 16 attempts......fantastic display!

Michael Smith is also through. He will face Dave Chisnall in the 2nd Round after a convincing 10-6 victory over Jonny Clayton. He should have been 5-0 up but for missed doubles, but always looked in control.

Six 180s and an air of confidence from the Shanghai Champion and the Unicorn man looked very comfortable. He will believe he can have a real crack at this prestigious title.

But for Keegan Brown, there was huge disappointment in Blackpool as the Unicorn youngster slid to a 10-4 defeat at the hands of Dave Chisnall.

Despite starting with a superb 109 check-out to take the opening leg against the throw, Brown faded fast and got increasingly frustrated. Chisnall clicked and produced some blistering finishing to seize control.

Chizzy nailed finishes of 148, 147 and 140 and punished Brown with a series of maximums and 171s. He went on a run of winning nine legs in 10 to cruise to victory. It will be a defeat Brown will want to forget about quickly.

But this is a night Jeffrey de Zwaan will never ever forget!

Saturday 1st Round results:

Adrian Lewis 10-8 James Wilson

Dave Chisnall 10-4 Keegan Brown

Michael van Gerwen 6-10 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Michael Smith 10-6 Jonny Clayton

Meanwhile Adrian Lewis came from 3-7 down to beat James Wilson 10-8, winning the match with a 116 finish.

And it’s another big day for Team Unicorn on Sunday in Blackpool with four more stars starting their bids for the title.

On Sunday afternoon Ian White faces German Max Hopp, while Joe Cullen plays Gerwyn Price.....and on Sunday night, it’s the turn if the two Andersons. Gary meets Stephen Bunting and Kyle clashes with Raymond van Barneveld.

By STUART PYKE in Blackpool

Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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Sensational Smith shines in Shanghai!

Saturday, 14 July 2018 18:59:46 Europe/London

Michael Smith has claimed the biggest title of his career!

The Team Unicorn star was crowned Shanghai Masters Champion on Saturday as he beat Rob Cross 8-2 in the final.

He swept aside Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final before dominating Cross in the final.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win a big TV title. I know it isn’t a Major but this is a big deal for me going forward. It is another big step and to beat the World No.1 and World Champion to do it makes it very special,” Smith said.

He went 4-0 up in the both the semi-final and final and wasn’t going to let it slip from there. Against Van Gerwen, the Unicorn man won all four legs on D10. The Dutchman threatened a fightback with three legs on the spin, including a 170 finish, but Smith got the job done in style as he hit three 180s in three legs to complete an 8-4 win.

He had earlier beaten Royden Lam - Gary Anderson’s conqueror - in the quarter-finals.....five 180s and finishes of 164, 88 on the bull, 82 and 110.

Cross looked tired in the final after he beat Unicorn’s James Wade and then Peter Wright, but take nothing away from Smith who dominated from the first dart.

Double 10 was a friend to him all weekend and so it proved in the final. From 4-0 he was in total control and although he missed a dart for a 5-1 lead, he needn’t have worried. Smith took out 130 on D5 and after a third maximum, fittingly it was D10 that saw him claim his first World Series prize.

Wade will be disappointed at his quarter-final exit, but China 2018 belongs to Michael Smith as the Unicorn ace claims what could well be a career changing victory.

Results Q/Finals:

Michael Smith 8-5 Royden Lam

Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Daryl Gurney

Rob Cross 8-3 James Wade

Peter Wright 8-7 Gerwyn Price

S/Finals:

Michael Smith 8-4 Michael van Gerwen

Rob Cross 8-5 Peter Wright

Final:

Michael Smith 8-2 Rob Cross

From STUART PYKE in China

Photo courtesy PDC

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Anderson stunned in China

Saturday, 14 July 2018 10:37:55 Europe/London

It was a massive Shanghai Surprise.

Unicorn star Gary Anderson was knocked out of the Shanghai Darts Masters by Royden Lam. The No.1 seed losing a last leg decider to the Asian No.1 on Friday.

But he only has himself to blame.....crucial missed doubles cost Gary dearly and just days after winning the US Darts Masters in some style, Anderson failed to fire in China.

So instead of an all Unicorn quarter-final, it is Lam who will take on Michael Smith.

Anderson missed two darts to break in the opening leg and then six darts to win the third leg, so instead of being 3-0 up he found himself 4-1 down. He got back to within a leg only for the man from Hong Kong to take out 320 in six darts....180 and a superb 140 finish.

The Scot managed to force a last leg but Lam held his nerve to win with his third match dart when Anderson was sat on 22 himself.

Smith won an all Unicorn affair without dropping a leg. Team Unicorn’s 20-yr-old Xiaochen Zong didn’t play badly. He hit a 180 and should have won a couple of legs but missed chances and Smith was too good, hitting three 180s on his way to a 6-0 win.

James Wade’s good form continued. He also hit three maximums and averaged nearly 104 in beating Shanghai’s top player Hailong Chen 6-0.

Team Unicorn’s Seigo Asada lost 6-3 to Peter Wright. The turning point was the fifth leg when the Japanese ace missed darts to go 3-2 up.

Unicorn’s other Chinese player Yuanjun Liu was beaten 6-2 by Gerwyn Price in the opening match of the tournament. From two legs apiece the Welshman hut 11 and 12 darters and four 180s to take the win.

But there’s no doubt the defeat of Anderson will go down as one of the big upsets in World Series history.

Shanghai Darts Masters 1st Round results:

Gerwyn Price 6-2 Yuanjun Liu

James Wade 6-0 Hailong Chen

Rob Cross 6-0 Chengan Liu

Peter Wright 6-3 Seigo Asada

Michael Smith 6-0 Xiaochen Zong

Daryl Gurney 6-1 Lourence Ilagen

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Lihao Wen

Gary Anderson 5-6 Royden Lam

Saturday Q/Finals (best of 15 legs):

Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price

Rob Cross v James Wade

Michael van Gerwen v  vbDaryl Gurney

Royden Lam v Michael Smith

STUART PYKE reporting from Shanghai

Photo courtesy PDC

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Team Unicorn line up for 21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters

Thursday, 12 July 2018 16:02:39 Europe/London

Gary Anderson will begin his quest for back-to-back PDC World Series of Darts titles against Royden Lam at the 21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters on Friday.

The event will see eight Asian representatives, three in Team Unicorn, taking on eight top stars of the sport over two days at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South.

Last weekend's US Darts Masters champion and Unicorn star Anderson will meet Hong Kong star Lam - the current PDC Asian Tour number one - in an exciting first round fixture.

Last year's semi-finalist James Wade has drawn Hailong Chen and Michael Smith plays Chinese World Cup of Darts ace Xiaochen Zong in an all-Unicorn clash.

The opening match will see Unicorn’s Yuanjun Liu take on Gerwyn Price while Unicorn’s Japanese World Cup of Darts star Seigo Asada faces world number two Peter Wright

The eight Asian Representatives will come up against the eight PDC stars in Friday's first round of the 21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters, which concludes on Saturday with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

The 21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters will be broadcast worldwide through the PDC's international broadcast partners, and through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World subscribers (outside of UK, Ireland and Netherlands).

UK TV coverage on ITV4 is delayed to 8pm BST on each day.

21.co.uk Shanghai Darts Masters

Draw Bracket

(1) Gary Anderson v Royden Lam

Michael Smith v Xiaochen Zong

(4) Michael van Gerwen v Lihao Wen

Daryl Gurney v Lourence Ilagan

(2) Rob Cross v Chengan Liu

James Wade v Hailong Chen

(3) Peter Wright v Seigo Asada

Gerwyn Price v Yuanjun Liu

Friday July 13 (6.30pm local time)

Gerwyn Price v Yuanjun Liu

James Wade v Hailong Chen

Rob Cross v Chengan Liu

Peter Wright v Seigo Asada

Michael Smith v Xiaochen Zong

Daryl Gurney v Lourence Ilagan

Michael van Gerwen v Lihao Wen

Gary Anderson v Royden Lam

All games best of 11 Legs

Saturday July 14 (6.30pm local time)

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

All games best of 15 legs

Image courtesy PDC

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5 Go Mad On Cycles

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:38:50 Europe/London

Starting to incorporate the number of each blog in this darts science refresher course into the title seemed like a good idea at the time. “3 Degrees of Incidence” wasn’t great, maybe, but I was pretty happy with “4 Stalling”. This latest one had me scrabbling around a bit, though.

Yaw RollI did briefly flirt with “5 Bore On”, which, as this blog gets a mite technical later, contains both a regrettable element of truth and a regrettable pun on element atomic number 5. Instead I’ve reluctantly settled, as you see, for an Enid Blyton/Comic Strip reference. Promise I’ll try to do better next time!  

Anyway, let’s move on to the subject for today, which is indeed cycles, specifically yaw cycles. In my previous blogs we have seen how the normal force acting on a dart’s flights stabilises its yawing motion (“fish-tailing”). We’ve also seen that, at reasonable yaw (or incidence), say up to 15 degrees or even more, normal force is mainly due to lift.

Within this pre-stall region lift tends to be more-or-less proportional to the yaw angle, which is analogous to the restoring force on a pendulum being more-or-less proportional to its angle of dangle. This type of proportionality gives rise to what’s known as “simple harmonic motion” in which oscillation cycles have a fixed period irrespective of amplitude, the trick that enables pendulum clocks to keep good time.

So, at reasonable yaw angles, the yaw cycle of a dart in flight will, like a pendulum, have a characteristic period. Moreover, as lift tends to increase with the square of velocity, the faster the dart goes, the quicker that period. You can take my word for it or, better still, go mad and test it for yourself in practice, but those two factors happen to cancel out. This results in the distance the dart travels during a yaw cycle being pretty much fixed, irrespective of throw speed or (within reason again!) yaw angle and angular rate at the start of the cycle – ie when its released from the hand.   

That distance is called the “yaw wavelength” and is a key technical characteristic of a dart. In future blogs I’ll explain how relating the yaw wavelength to the throwing distance can enable a dart designer to specify a barrel/shaft/flights set-up which is aimed at having specific characteristics such as accuracy or stability optimisation. Before then, though, I’ll need to take a look at some of the parameters which determine the yaw wavelength that I’ve so far glossed over.

An exciting world of Static Margins, Moments of Inertia, Dynamic Pressure, etc, awaits – maybe “5 Bore On” would have been better after all!

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Amazing Anderson hits the jackpot in Vegas!

Sunday, 8 July 2018 12:23:50 Europe/London

Gary Anderson produced a stunning display of dazzling darts to light up Las Vegas as he was crowned US Darts Masters king!

The Team Unicorn superstar claimed his 6th World Series title in some style. From 1-4 down, he reeled off seven straight legs to beat Rob Cross 8-4 in the final at the Mandalay Bay.

Earlier Gary produced an epic fightback to take a thrilling all Unicorn semi-final in a deciding leg against James Wade.......Wade had earlier walloped Michael van Gerwen and was 6-2 up against Anderson, but the Scot battled back to win 8-7.

“It has been some day!” Anderson said. “To be honest I hadn’t picked up the darts for three or four weeks because I was away with the family. Perhaps that’s the way forward! They were two special games against James and Rob, but I just felt like it was my day.”

When Anderson is playing like that, it really is a thing of beauty and he was unstoppable.

The Unicorn man had a bit of double trouble in his quarter-final against youngster Dawson Murschell, but despite missing 18 doubles he won 8-5.

The semi-final against Wade was fantastic. Wade carried on where he left off against Van Gerwen, playing his best darts for well over a year. He raced into a 6-2 advantage against Anderson. The Scot produced three ton plus finishes to claw his way back.

Crucially Wade missed three darts at ‘tops’ for a 7-5 lead and Anderson drew level. But it was his turn to miss....three for the lead and Wade edged back in front at 7-6. He then wired D10 for a 140 finish to win and Anderson forced the decider! A cool 75 check-out and Gary has done it with 8/12 on the doubles.

The final saw Cross race into a 3-0 lead and at 4-1 up we wondered what Anderson had left. But we needn’t have worried.....seven straight legs, including six 180s and just because he could, the Scot won the title in some style with a magnificent 164 finish!

The big turning point came in the 7th leg just before the break.....both players missed five darts to win it. If Cross had taken the leg it would have been 5-2 but Anderson nicked it and there was no stopping him after that.

You have to feel for Wade who was simply sensational on Saturday in Vegas.

He destroyed Van Gerwen in the last eight.....5-0 up including a 13 darter, two 12 dart legs and an 11 darter for good measure! At that stage he hadn’t missed a double! The Dutchman tried to get himself back into the match but then Wade banged in a superb 161 finish and Van Gerwen’s race was run as the Unicorn man won 8-3.

Michael Smith’s hopes ended in the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive World Series tournament as the Unicorn man suffered an 8th straight defeat at the hands of Cross.

In a quality affair which saw 14 x 180s, there were 12 holds of throw before Smith was finally broken and Cross won three legs on the spin to claim the win.

But Las Vegas 2018 is the year of the Scot....the year of the sensational Gary Anderson.

US Masters results - Q/Finals:

Rob Cross 8-6 Michael Smith

Peter Wright 8-6 Daryl Gurney

Gary Anderson 8-5 Dawson Murschell

James Wade 8-3 Michael van Gerwen

S/Finals:

Rob Cross 8-3 Peter Wright

Gary Anderson 8-7 James Wade

Final:

Gary Anderson 8-4 Rob Cross

By STUART PYKE at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

 

Comments | Posted in Unicorn Darts By Peter Johnson

Wade survives scare in Vegas!

Saturday, 7 July 2018 12:37:11 Europe/London

Unicorn star James Wade just avoided another shock defeat on the opening day of the US Masters.

Team Unicorn stablemate Gary Anderon produced the performance of the day in Las Vegas with a stunning average of 112.63, while Michael Smith was also a winner.

But Wade, who was on the end of a big upset 12 months ago in Vegas when he lost to Dawson Murschell, had to survive match darts before edging past American youngster Danny Lauby.

‘The Machine’ found himself trailing 4-2 to an inspired American. The Unicorn man had taken out 141 to stay in the match and got a huge slice of luck when Lauby missed six darts to move 5-2 in front.

Wade still had work to do after a 120 check-out saw Lauby lead 5-3....but the American then missed two match darts to win 6-3 and Wade seized his opportunity. He forced the last leg decider and won it in some style with a brilliant 158 finish.

“I must bring the best out of these North American players!” he joked. “I know I was fortunate but I never give up and always felt confident in that last leg.”

Wade will now face defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals at the Mandalay Bay.

Anderson was quite superb in seeing off big American DJ Sayre 6-1. His 112.63 average was the fourth highest in World Series history. He hit two 11 darters and two 12 dart winning legs.

The Scot was also on course for a 9 darter.....seven perfect darts came in the 5th leg. Gary nailed six doubles from only nine attempts and hit five 180s along the way. It was a sensational display.

Anderson now takes on Dawson Murschell after the Canadian youngster shocked Gerwyn Price, winning comfortably 6-2.

Next up for Michael Smith is a clash with World Champion Rob Cross. The St Helens star won the opening match of the tournament as he swept past Canadian David Cameron 6-1. Smith banged in two maximums. It was a steady performance and he knows he will have to step it up against Cross.

1st Round results:

Michael Smith 6-1 David Cameron

James Wade 6-5 Danny Lauby

Rob Cross 6-1 Ross Snook

Gerwyn Price 2-6 Dawson Murschell

Gary Anderson 6-1 DJ Sayre

Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Jeff Smith

Peter Wright 6-4 Joseph Huffman

Daryl Gurney 6-2 John Norman Jnr

Saturday Q/Finals (best of 15 legs)

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney

Rob Cross v Michael Smith

Gary Anderson v Dawson Murschell

Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

STUART PYKE reporting from the US Darts Masters

Images courtesy Tom Donoghue / PDC

 

Comments | Posted in Unicorn Darts By Peter Johnson

Vegas ready for US Masters

Friday, 6 July 2018 12:46:29 Europe/London

The World Series has rolled into Las Vegas and three Unicorn stars will bid for glory at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Gary Anderson will play big American DJ Sayre in the 1st Round on Friday. The Scot is the No.2 seed.

Michael Smith has been drawn against Canadian David Cameron, while James Wade meets young American Danny Lauby.

Defending Vegas champion Michael van Gerwen clashes with Jeff Smith who was crowned North American Champion on Thursday.

Smith beat fellow Canadian John Norman Jnr 6-4 in the final to earn himself a prized place at the World Championship!

Smith had survived a match dart in his first game before beating Ross Snook in a deciding leg. He was too good for Lauby in the semi-finals and experience told as he won the title with a 108 finish.

US Masters 1st Round draw:

Peter Wright (1) v Joseph Huffman

Daryl Gurney v John Norman Jnr

Rob Cross (4) v Ross Snook

Michael Smith v David Cameron

Gary Anderson (2) v DJ Sayre

Gerwyn Price v Dawson Murschell

Michael van Gerwen (2) v Jeff Smith

James Wade v Danny Lauby

Story from STUART PYKE at the Mandalay Bay Hotel

Photos courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

 

 

Comments | Posted in Unicorn Darts By Peter Johnson

Black Cobra gets Mighty Mike!

Thursday, 5 July 2018 19:58:54 Europe/London

Team Unicorn new boy Jeffrey de Zwaan will take on World No.1 Michael van Gerwen in the 1st Round of the World Matchplay.

It’s a Blackpool baptism of fire for De Zwaan, pictured here with Unicorn executive Matt Rankin,  but the match will hold no fears for the 22-year-old who of course beat Van Gerwen 10-8 at the UK Open Finals in Minehead earlier this year.

Gary Anderson would love to add the Matchplay crown to his CV and the Unicorn star will face Stephen Bunting.

In all, 10 Unicorn players will descend on the Winter Gardens later this month.

Former champion James Wade plays Jermaine Wattimena in the 1st Round. Also in the bottom half Ian White takes on Max Hopp, Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts meets John Henderson and Jelle Klaasen takes on No.2 seed Peter Wright.

The top half looks tougher.....apart from Gary Anderson, it’s Michael Smith against Jonny Clayton and Aussie star Kyle Anderson meets Raymond van Barneveld.....the winner of that could face Gary in round two!

And Keegan Brown has a mouth-watering clash against Dave Chisnall, while Joe Cullen will play Gerwyn Price.

1st Round Draw (seeds in brackets):

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Adrian Lewis (16) v James Wilson

Dave Chisnall (8) v Keegan Brown

Michael Smith (9) v Jonny Clayton

Daryl Gurney (5) v Steve West

Gerwyn Price (12) v Joe Cullen

Gary Anderson (4) v Stephen Bunting

Raymond van Barneveld (13) v Kyle Anderson

Peter Wright (2) v Jelle Klaasen

Kim Huybrechts (15) v John Henderson

Simon Whitlock (7) v Richard North

James Wade (10) v Jermaine Wattimena

Mensur Suljovic (6) v Steve Beaton

Ian White (11) v Max Hopp

Rob Cross (3) v Mervyn King

Darren Webster (14) v Steve Lennon

By STUART PYKE in Las Vegas

Comments | Posted in Unicorn Darts By Peter Johnson

2019 Unicorn Launch

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 09:11:50 Europe/London

Arrival

Every year, Unicorn unveil the latest in cutting edge darts technology, having been at the forefront of darts innovation for over 80 years. The 2019 product launch was no different.

Despite forewarning FIFA that a far more important and prestigious event was taking place on the same day as the World Cup’s opening match, it seems as though the message fell on deaf ears.

Nonetheless, Sales Director Richard Lowy began the day with a short presentation in the theme of the World Cup to thank everyone for attending. The presentation highlighted the global reach of darts, demonstrated just by those in attendance, with trade partners and players coming from across the world to see the latest Unicorn offerings.

As usual, the launch was attended by a number of Unicorn players including Jelle Klaasen, James Wade, Joe Cullen, Kyle Anderson, Kim Huybrechts, Michael Smith, Ian White, Keegan Brown, Dmitri van den Bergh and Unicorn’s latest signing, Jeffrey de Zwaan.

The afternoon was punctuated by a game of 47 (or 87 for the pros), a game so simple even the pros struggled. 3 darts, get as close as you can to 47, no need for a double. It sounds easy, but with the watchful eyes from a crowd full of darts aficionados, I can assure you a dart board has never looked so small.

Range

With the chance to win best male, female and member of staff up for grabs, the audience came alive. Unfortunately in my case, effort seemed to far outweigh talent. I don’t see an appearance at Alexandra Palace in my future (or wildest dreams for that matter). Thankfully, some order was restored with the pros game of 87, with the players buoyed by the thought of bettering one another. In front of a raucous audience, led by Managing Director Edward Lowy’s chants of ‘stand up if you love the darts’ (disclaimer: that last part may not be true), it came down to a tense play-off match with rising star Dimitri van den Bergh emerging victorious, winning arguably the most important trophy in darts.

Though the chanting may not have happened, what is true, however, is that Unicorn has been ‘The Big Name In Darts’ since 1937 and continues to be exposed globally on TV for more than 6,000 hours each year. It’s easy to see why when you look at how this year’s range continues to lead the way for others to follow with their innovative designs and staggering attention to detail.

The star of the show this year was the introduction of the ‘Noir’ range. The Noir is a range of darts that epitomises class and style, complete with laser engraved player signatures and the Unicorn hallmark. Unicorn prides itself on making available to the public the exact same dart that your favourite players use, a trend that continues across the board with each Player Edition dart sets in the 2019 range.

PresentationBox

The unveiling of the Noir range was complimented with a matching range of ‘Natural’ darts which, when presented by Richard Lowy, was suitably supported by Michael Jackson’s song ‘Black or White’.

There was also much excitement this year with the official unveiling of Seigo Asada’s brand new set of Unicorn darts, both Soft and Steel Tip. Asada is Japan’s No.1 soft-tip player and already a superstar in his homeland. This year, he announced himself on the world stage with an impressive performance in the 2018 PDC World Cup of Darts. Known as ‘The Ninja’, he won the Japanese Championship for a 4th consecutive year to earn his spot at the World Championship.

In addition to the darts themselves, customers will also receive a stunning Deluxe Player Edition Presentation Box for both the Natural and the Noir range of Gary Anderson’s World Champion Phase 3 darts, Jelle Klaasen’s World Champion darts and Seigo Asada’s Maestro darts. The Presentation Box is available with both the Steel Tip and Soft Tip versions of the aforementioned sets of darts. Presentation Boxes are also sold with the Noir Range of darts used by James Wade, Michael Smith and Kim Huybrechts, all of which contain information about the dart itself and the player who uses it.

FlightsUnicorn’s extensive range of flights has grown larger this year with the introduction of ‘ULTRAFLY’. Utilising cutting edge materials and manufacturing, Unicorn have created their most visually stunning and durable flights ever.

In addition to the current range, there are four brand new player flights; Gary Anderson, Jelle Klaasen, Seigo Asada and Joe Cullen, three versions of the Noir flights, four versions of the Origins flights, four Icon flights and four Silver Comet flights, which pays homage to the Godfather of all darts, the 1937 Silver Comet.

Also unveiled were a number of accessories, including three brand new shirts to be worn by Jelle Klaasen, Joe Cullen and Devon Petersen. Klaasen’s more subtle ‘ultra-light breathable lycra/polyester blend’ was a personal highlight, but the louder, brasher shirts worn by Cullen and Petersen are impossible to overlook. This year, Petersen has evolved from the Spartan Warrior to the African Warrior which is certainly reflected in his new shirt.

SliderCaseAnother highlight was the Slider Dart Case which features a brand new design, able to fit 4 lengths of darts, fits any size flights and slides to fit the length of your darts. It is also available in three designs, Gary Anderson, Seigo Asada and Clear whilst remaining small enough to fit in your pocket.

Jeffrey de Zwaan is a fantastic new addition to Unicorn, but unfortunately he signed the dotted line too close to the launch date to have his range of darts made available having only joined in May. Make sure you follow Unicorn on social media to hear news of when his very own dart will be available to purchase.

2019 not only promises to be an important year for Unicorn, it promises to be a marquee year for the PDC who have announced that the World Championship will grow to include 96 competitors, giving Unicorn another chance to shine on the world stage, with every dart thrown live on SKY TV and terrestrial channels using the HD2 Pro Edition dartboards.

So why choose Unicorn? Well if you’re still undecided it might help to be reminded that Unicorn Players using Unicorn darts have won more World Championships than any other brand - 20 and counting! Unicorn also invest back into the sport with the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour, Development Tour, Youth World Championships and Unicorn Next Generation, creating aspirational opportunities for tomorrow’s stars.


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