To Drink or not to Drink
By John Lowe, Feb 12 2013 02:09PM
Much has been said in recent weeks about drink and darts, most of it related to the professionals, and in particular the Premier League, well, I would not like to talk out of school, the old saying "what happens in the practise room, stays there" but I feel it is only right to reply to the many messages I receive, most of them relate to myself "Do you miss a pint when you play " how many drinks did you have before a match" and many more similar questions, I sometimes despair when people in the street, or the pub, don't realise it is 25 years since dart players where allowed to drink on TV, and the smoking ban came in before that, it was the BDO who decided the image of the sport on TV had to be changed, the TV produces did not like this in the beginning, and they would pump dry ice out onto the stage, before and during matches, to create a smocky atmosphere, we could of course, and the same applies today, have a drink before our match, and if we wanted, could have a drink during the break, or commercials, my own preperations for a match would be, arrive at least two hours before my match, settle in for 30 mins with a drink, maybe a pint of Larger or Cider, then start practise, I would have a couple more drinks, then it would be time for the introduction, I would have a drink of my choice, maybe a Vodka and Orange, placed behind the stage, this I called insurance, if I was losing at the commercial break, a quick drink would seem to help, maybe a mind game, but fine if it worked, I never had a problem with having a drink and playing darts, records speak for themself, and mine will hold up with anyone, I did, and do know a few players who maybe went a little over the top, had a few more than their brain would allow, consequently they almost always lost, and that is where we are today, the same rules are in place, the players have the freedom to have a drink before their match, and during the breaks, it is their choice, like you, I sometimes, maybe wrongly, think a player may have had one to many, usually this is when the match before over runs it's allocated time, it is not just having a drink, it is over practising, then you leave your best darts in the practise room, Alcohol is not a banned substance in Darts, and for the record it is not banned in F1 Motor racing, until it is, the players will be able to excerise their right to take a drink, it will always be a point of discussion, sometimes derogatory, but whilever Sport GB, the drug testing body, who deem it to be a disadvantage, and not performance enhancing, it is fine, and there I rest my case.
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.
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John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.
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Beware of imitations, this is the John Lowe
World Champion Darts in Tungsten Titanium
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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.