TIME OUT ON THE REEF
By John Lowe, Jan 29 2015 10:41AM
What do professional darts players do to get away from the sport that has become their livelyhood and a sport that is now more demanding than ever before? I have had a set rule for a few years now, I make sure I put two holidays in my diary, after traveling the world extensively for over 40 years including over 100 trips to America I have become one of those kind of people I used to think of as a little set in their ways, always going to the same country, the same hotel year after year, I am afraid I can now be included in that circle, I use the same airline, stay in the same holiday home, in fact I now regard it home from home and look forward to visiting Tenerife (fondly known as the Reef) just as much as I like going back to my home in Chesterfield, it is easy for me to be able to take two long holidays a year I feel I have earned that right, traveling thousands if not millions of miles playing in tournaments and playing exhibitions, at the same time promoting our sport and my sponsor Unicorn, I do look at todays top professionals though and wonder how they arrange their time away from their profession. It is easy for a manager to sit in a office and take an exhibition in Scotland and another the next day in Southampton after all the Uk is very small on a map and the manager/agent works on commission, it makes sense to fill the diary but I often feel at a price the player will eventually pay. I have never had a manager instead preferring to manage myself, I have heard it said that maybe I have missed out on a couple of contracts and maybe that is true, but I have been able to do it my way, arrange my diary to avoid unnecessary travel, I am aware many of todays players need management and can afford to hire one with the earning potential available, times have changed from my early days in the sport when prize money was not sufficient to be able to support a reasonable life style, it was a must to have the diary full of exhibitions which often meant six if not seven shows a week, thanks to the PDC and the many tournaments they offer throughout the year a successful player can live without any exhibitions at all much like other sports but it is necessary for them to take time out, recharge the batteries and be able to compete at their very best, darts is a tough mental sport, playing in front of 6000 people all seamingly enjoying their own enjoyment and at the same time trying to win against a player who is of equal standing is not easy, you have to be on top of your game all the time one lapse of concentration can mean you have lost and the score cannot be reversed, I have been asked by many professionals and would be aspiring professionals how I have managed to sustain my longevity, I can explain this easily, first I adopted a style that does not produce aches and pains by reaching, twisting etc at the Oche and secondly and just as important I have always taken a break, time out, even if it meant I would lose out on a exhibition and with it the monatory gain, I trust this answers the many requests I receive for advice on how to improve.
In short: Take time out, sometimes you have to lose a little to gain a lot.
John Lowe. three times champion of the world in three seperate decades, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the first player in the history of the sport to achieve the perfect game of 501 on Television, in 1984, winning £102,000, winner of over 1000 titles world wide, simply: The Legend of Darts.
About John Lowe
Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV
John appeared on ITV's Amazing Greys in 2014 he had to hit as many targets as possible in 30 seconds, all the targets where different heights and lengths, if the competitor beat John he would win £10,000, John won by a margin of 9.
One of John's favourite charity's is The Variety Club of Great Britain who raise many thousands of pounds by organising golf days around the country, the aim is to buy Mini Coaches for Children, in the picture John is at St Piere Chepstow and the Coach in view is about to be present to a School in Birmingham.
John talks to Matthew Rankin Unicorns Player Liaison Manager about his current darts set up and how important it is to have balanced darts, click the button above to see the whole interview
Royal Palm is John's favourite resort in Tenerife situated in Los Cristianos, it has everything you could ask for to make your stay enjoyable, immaculate in every way, all English TV and Satelite channels, quite, secure, close to excellent restaurants and friendly Bars, for a full tour of Royal Palm click the photograph above. Make sure you inform the Manager Neil I sent you, it makes a difference.
Unicorns YouTube Channel and all the interviews with John, click the buttons to view.
John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.
More Unicorn YouTube inveriews to follow, to view recent interviews click the buttons above, to visit the Unicorn main page for all product news and product viewing click the Unicorn logo at the top of the page.
The next generation of players begins now.
Beware of imitations, this is the John Lowe
World Champion Darts in Tungsten Titanium
also available in Tungsten, note the 21 grm
model has 7 grove rings.
A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe
John talks about his sporting heros
John talks to Unicorn about his amazing career
The moment in history that changed the sport and
the life of John Lowe forever: 13/10/1984
The Dart designed by John Lowe developed and produced by Unicorn to win over 1000 titles world wide - copied and used by others to win countless major titles - this is where the Evolution started.
John was Unicorns first World champion
The Throw of a World Champion
John is credited by many professionals in the sport including
Phil Taylor to have the perfect throwing action, this video shows John's action from 1978 through 2008, the only thing that changes is the speed of throw and John decides that when knowing who his opponent will be, for full detail record on your mobile and slow down to see all movements.