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By John Lowe, Jan 30 2016 12:09PM

When dart players are not darting many of them are golfing, I have my own golf classic on the Island of Tenerife that has been running for 11 years and raised many thousand of pounds for charity, Eric Bristow has been a regular player and supporter for almost every one, last year he was asked if he would put his name to a golf day to raise funds for the Tenerife Lions, it is held at Las Palos a par 3 course that is a dificult test for all players, yesterday was the second year of the event, team Lowe consisting of Ged Bolten, Jimmy Robertson, Andy Philips and mysef scored a total of 132 points which was enough to win the event, can you imagine the presentation, Eric Bristow presents the trophy to his old adversary on the Oche "Stoneface" John Lowe, simply priceless, after the presentation we where entertained with some fine singing from members of the audience, to make the golfing day a darting success Dennis Priestly and Kevin Spielok made an appearance, I can tell you the cameras flashed for a long time,a superb day with some great friends old and new, Sabastian St James have become sponsors of both Eric's day and my own, and I am pleased to announce they have agreed to be part of my golf day in the UK, "Scotty's Little Soldiers" in rememberance of Lee Rigby, date and course to be announced in February. Team Lowe will be back to defend their title in 2017.


Photograph: Ged Bolten aka Rod Stewart member of team Lowe.

By John Lowe, Jan 23 2016 11:10AM

Gary Anderson and Michael Van Gerwen shared the player of the year award at the Dorchester in London, many will be delighted with this, others like myself will be surprised and a little delusioned by it, was the votes placed so close the 2 players could not be seperated, exactly equal, or was it a decision made by members of the PDC board, if so why ask people to vote ? I agree both players had a great year and both are worthy of the award, but in my opinion if a vote is put out it should be counted and the player with the most votes should be declared the winner. Footbalis FIFA Ballon dOr (Golden Ball) has seen Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo fight for the right to be the world's best players for the last 6 years, it would have been easy for FIFA to let them share the award on more than one occasion, but they didn't they had to stick to the vote even if it was decided by just 1, of course FIFA decide the world's best player by asking representative countries to place their vote, this limits the number, in the case of the PDC the votes where put out to everyone online, this would inevitably mean the player with the biggest fan base would win the vote, this has happened more than once with the BBC Sports Personalty Award, Ryan Giggs comes to mind here, If the PDC are going to chose their player of the year without a open vote, then it would be better to select a panel of people who are genuinely unbiased and knowledgable about the sport and the importance of each event, place their vote in a sealed envelope to be opened on Awards night, right or wrong there should only be one player of the year, hence the title given to it.

By John Lowe, Jan 23 2016 11:10AM

Gary Anderson and Michael Van Gerwen shared the player of the year award at the Dorchester in London, many will be delighted with this, others like myself will be surprised and a little delusioned by it, was the votes placed so close the 2 players could not be seperated, exactly equal, or was it a decision made by members of the PDC board, if so why ask people to vote ? I agree both players had a great year and both are worthy of the award, but in my opinion if a vote is put out it should be counted and the player with the most votes should be declared the winner. Footbalis FIFA Ballon dOr (Golden Ball) has seen Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo fight for the right to be the world's best players for the last 6 years, it would have been easy for FIFA to let them share the award on more than one occasion, but they didn't they had to stick to the vote even if it was decided by just 1, of course FIFA decide the world's best player by asking representative countries to place their vote, this limits the number, in the case of the PDC the votes where put out to everyone online, this would inevitably mean the player with the biggest fan base would win the vote, this has happened more than once with the BBC Sports Personalty Award, Ryan Giggs comes to mind here, If the PDC are going to chose their player of the year without a open vote, then it would be better to select a panel of people who are genuinely unbiased and knowledgable about the sport and the importance of each event, place their vote in a sealed envelope to be opened on Awards night, right or wrong there should only be one player of the year, hence the title given to it.

By John Lowe, Jan 20 2016 05:23PM

Many if not most people that know me know my passion outside of darts is golf, I have played for 40 years plus, never been a single handicap player, 11 my lowest, today I play off a modest 15, darts has taken me to all corners of the globe, golf has introduced me to people from all over the gobe, opening many doors and making long lasting friendships, I have my own John Lowe Golf Classic in Tenerife, this will be the 12th year, we raise money for AMATE Breast Cancer Care Tenerife and I am very proud to say we are fast approching £100,000, I have been approached last week to front a new event titled "Scotty's Little Soldiers" in my own area of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. This is a foundation set up by the widow of Lee Rigby (The soldier murdered in the street in London) and it's aim is to provide funds for all the children who have lost dad's and mum's in conflict, we will hold the tournament in July/August, golf course to be confirmed, entry fee and format also to follow, it will be limited to 25 teams, I will post all information in early February, your support will be greatly appreciated.

By John Lowe, Jan 17 2016 11:39AM

After 4 gruellimg days of dart play at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan, 20 players from the near 400 that competed earned their full tour card for the next 12 months, for some it was a big relief and a few tears of joy, for others it was quite the opposite, to miss out by just 1 point, 1 missed double, after the 4 day process can be soul destroying, there is a little consolation in the fact they can play on the challenge tour, something I campaigned for, for quite a time. notable players who regained their card are, Mark Walsh, Dennis Smith, and Mick McGowan, notable players who missed out after 4 days of play broken into 4 seperate qualifing chances are, Peter Manley, Peter Evison and Colin Osborn, now the full list of 128 players who will compete on the Pro-Tour is available at planetdarts.com

Next PDC event starts in little over 3 weeks, The Premier League, the full list of all PDC events for 2016 can be also found at planetdarts.com

By John Lowe, Jan 14 2016 12:12PM

Four Hundred players from around the world are competing at the PDC Qualifying School in Wigan over 4 days, each day the last 4 players will recieve tour cards, they will be joined by other players fron the QSchool order of merit at the end of the 4 days, the extra incentive that has without doubt brought so many players to enter is the £10 Million pound on offer on the PDC circuit this year. Some notable names who have entered are Peter Manley, Kirk Shepherd, and Mark Dudbridge, all former World champion finalist's, Mark Walsh, Barrie Bates and Colin Osborne who have competed on the circuit for a few years are also trying to regain their full tour card, the competition will be furious over the best of 9 leg matches, play starts at 9am and finishes each day at 11pm. After the first day's play Colin Lloyd former World no1 announced that he has retired and will not play competitive darts again, such is the pressure of competing in today's world of professional darts, once a player drops out of the world's top 64 he must go to QSchool to reagin his card to compete on the full tour, in reality it is a statement that they have not been successful enough over the last 12 month period and whilst they would love to carry on competing on the full tour in the hope they may have a good run, it would be wrong to deny other players the chance to prove their capability, no doubt some of the players who have held cards in the past will qualify but it will not be easy, such is the competition and eagerness of all entries. I will bring news of the 4 days play when it's finished, for now good luck to all 400 players, play your best and enjoy the experience.

By John Lowe, Jan 4 2016 08:30AM

Gary Anderson beat Adrian Lewis 7-5 in the final of the William Hill World Championship at Ally Pally last night in a thrilling final, Lewis won the 1st set 3-1, Anderson bounced back to take the second 3-1, it was level after the 4th set, then Anderson went 2 sets clear until the 9th set when Lewis closed the gap to 1, Anderson pulled clear again only for Lewis to respond with a 3-0 set and close the gap once more to 1, Lewis then hit his 17th and 18th maximum to break Anderson's throw, his 19th maximum of the match followed but Anderson checked out on 64, then produced a maximum 170 finish and hit the double 12 to seal a magnificent victory and retail his crown.

The final contained 34 maximums.The players averages where almost identical.

A truly great final to watch and one to remember.


Photograph: Anderson lifts the Sid Wadell Trophy for the second year in a row.

By John Lowe, Jan 3 2016 08:10AM

Gary Anderson went a long way to retaining his World Championship title last night when he brushed aside Jelle Klaasen to win in straight sets, allowing the dutchman to win only 5 legs, Anderson averaged 107.32 and hit 69 scores of 100 and over, and for good measure he threw in a perfect 9 dart leg.

Adrian Lewis defeated Raymond Van Barnaveldt by 6 sets to 3, Lewis raced into a 5-0 lead, which prompted Barney to set off on one of his comeback trails, which he has become renowned for in this championship, he reeled of 3 straight sets, Lewis however picked his game up to win the 9th set and seal his place in the final.

The final will be played for a record amount of £300,000 going to the winner.


Photograph: William Hill the sponsors of the Championship donated £9,000 to the Donna Louise Childrens Hospice for Gary's 9 dart leg.

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.

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About John Lowe

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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

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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.

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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 Explains his darts set up
  • 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's Tips from the Top

John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.

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World Champion Darts in Tungsten Titanium

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A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe

John Lowe's Sporting Heros

John talks about his sporting heros

John's in depth career interview

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.

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John was Unicorns first World champion

John Lowe - The Throw 1978-2008

The Throw of a World Champion

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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.

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