By John Lowe, Aug 10 2015 08:31AM
A massive Monday Morning well done to Shane Lowry winning the Bridgestone World Golf Championship in Ohio, I watched every shot he played in the last round and it was one of the most exciting rounds since the great late Seve days, Shane spread it around a little albeit some 310 yards off the tee but recovered with some of the finest shots playable, he was visibly nervous coming down the stretch but that's what makes great champions, now as Paul McGinley says the world is his Oyster, I look forward to watching this very likeable Irishman many times in the future, and for the record I hear Shane is quite handy with the Arrows.
By John Lowe, Aug 7 2015 03:01PM
While darts is taking a break we are approaching a big wekend in the UK, it's the start of the Premier League Football, our National sport, many millions of pounds have been spent in the trasfer market now it's time to find out if the buys have been good ones or like so many flops, Chelsea are favourites to reatin the title they won last year but many think Arsenal will be a strong challenger, I think Manchester City will be in contention from the off and my team Sunderalnd will do well to finish in the top half of the table. At the moment it's another sport that is catching the imagination of many English sports fans, Cricket, the Ashes series is in the fouth test stage with England 2-0 up, at the moment it's England in charge, after bowling Australia out for just 60 runs and scoring 391 in return, Australia are 138 for 4 and trail England by 193 runs, with 3 days to go England look certain to win the test, the series and win the Ashes, now I hope that's enlightened you and let you know what we do when darts is in a break period.
By John Lowe, Aug 4 2015 07:28AM
The flights I took an instant like to way back in the 70's are back in all their spledour, the Rainbow's, once again available in 4 variations of colours and 3 shapes. (P) The original Unicorn Flight we know as standard. (X) The Pear shape and (B) The Xtra Large flights that have become popular in recent years, flight shape and size is important in relation to the dart you use, the Pear shape is for players who are capable of controling the dart through the air, the Original shape is ideal for longer darts and the Extra large shape is ideal for players who throw in air conditioning rooms where there is a moving flow of air capable of sending the dart off target, the Rainbow's are back through player demand and can be found at www.unicornproducts .com
By John Lowe, Jul 31 2015 08:52AM
It's almost that time of year once again, The John Lowe Charity Golf Classic at the Amarilla Golf club Tenerife, this year it will be played on the 19th of September, the format is teams of 4 Texas Scramble, shotgunstart at 9am followed by a BBQ and prize presentation, entry is 240 Euro per team. This is the 11th year of the tournament that has become a part of the golfing calendar on the Island, our chosen charity is AMATE. Breast Cancer Care Tenerife and our main sponsor is Aberdeen Property Leasing. The day is competitive but also friendly, we invite all players to wear something Pink , the colour that represents AMATE, all teams have Buggies and drinks a food are on quite a few tee's, the BBQ is superb and plentiful and there are some good lots in the auction conducted by myself, we meet at the club around 8am and everything is over for 6pm, the BBQ is for golfers and non golfers, tickets available at the club house. If you are on the Island or visiting at that time and wish to play then visit Simon Shovlar on his Facebook page or mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By John Lowe, Jul 31 2015 07:37AM
The Party Poker Grand Prix of Darts will start on the 4th October through the 10th from The City West Dublin, 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit table alongside 14 qualifiers from the Pro-Tour Order of Merit. The order of Merit table is very close indeed around the 16 mark, Barney is in 16th place with £186.250, Van Der Voort is just £3,250 behind and Justin Pipe a further £7,000 adrift, Stephen bunting is £12,000 away in 19th place, so expect things to change dramatically over the next few months at the bottom end, Barney needs to find some good results to stay in touch, he is ranked 41st in the Pro-Tour table which would mean if he slips below the top 16 in the main tour table he would not qualify for events like the Grand Prix, because 12 of the players in the Pro-Tour are already included in the Grand Prix it means players as far down as 28 will make the starting line, sounds a little complicated but it is not really, it goes to show it is important for players who compete on the main tour to also have a good ranking position on the Pro-Tour, it's like having insurance should you find yourself in a position like Barney. The Grand Prix has thrown up some interesting draws and surprising first round defeats in the past, will it happen again?.
By John Lowe, Jul 29 2015 08:45AM
What a long way we have come since those dark days of 1994, when we didn't know if the game we all loved would ever be the same, of course I relate to the world of professional darts and not the game played by millions in our pubs and club, darts for the professional was in melt down, we had just 2 tournaments of any value, the World Masters and the Embassy World Championship, we did what we had to do and left the only organising body of that time, we tried to look to the future but it was far from clear, now some 20 year on and our justifications are above question, the PDC Order of Merit published after the World Matchplay show how successful the Profesional Darts Council have become and how the member players have reaped the rewards, Michael Van Gerwen goes over the 1 Million pound mark and Ronny Huybrechts down in 40th place earns £50,000, the earnings are from tournaments over a 2 year period, when the anniversary of an event comes along money is deducted or increased depending on the players performance, Golf has used this system for many years and in particular for picking Ryder Cup players, it's not perfect, but that's for another time, let's celebrate the success.
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,059,750
2 Gary Anderson £585,500
3 Phil Taylor £510,250
4 Peter Wright £384,000
5 Adrian Lewis £339,500
6 James Wade £325,750
7 Dave Chisnall £246,250
8 Robert Thornton £239,000
9 Ian White £231,000
10 Simon Whitlock £226,500
By John Lowe, Jul 27 2015 07:43AM
Michael Van Gerwen won the BetVictor World Matchplay in blackpool last night beating James Wade 18-12. The final did not come up to the expectations of the audience or the millions watching on TV, but that can often be the case when players have played so well to reach the final hurdle, Wade was not up to his usual high standard and he said so in his post match interview, Van Gerwen applied the pressure when needed in a very clinical way, he did fall just short of the 100 average with 99-91, Wade averaging 90, the match was decided by MVG's 5 breaks of throw and a respectable 41% finishing average, the £100-000 winners cheque took Van Gerwens prize money in PDC ranking events over the last 2 years over the magical 1 Million pound mark £1,059-750 to be exact and he clearly retains his position World number one. He will start favourite for the Grand Prix in Ireland and the bookies have installed him favourite to retain his Matchplay title in one years time, Van Gerwen is certainly the player to beat at this time.
Photograph: Michael with the World Matchplay Trophy.
By John Lowe, Jul 26 2015 07:08AM
James Wade ended Phil Taylor's amazing 7 year unbeaten run at the Winter Gardens last night, the match was even for a long time, level at 5-5 then 7-7 and 10-10, Wade then went into a 3 leg lead and looked to be in charge, at 16-12 Wade needing just one leg for victory missed eight match winning darts to let Taylor in and keep his hopes alive, Taylor won the 30 leg with a 14 dart game, Wade then closed the match out with a 12 dart leg and his place in the final was secure.
Michael Van Gerwen and Peter Wright matched each other dart for dart in the second semi-final, high scoring and good finishing meant the match was not clear who would emerge the winner until the dying stages, at 15-12 to Van Gerwen you always thought Wright was capable of pulling level, MVG was aware of the danger and when the opportunity came to close the match out he did so with a brilliant 10 dart leg, 140-174-171-D8 and claim his place in the final against James Wade.
Both Wade and Gerwen have played good darts all week and the final should be high class, Wade knows Gerwen's capable of a fast high scoring run that could leave him behind, Gerwen know's Wades finishing has been superb and a miss or two could be costly, all will be reveald tonight at 7pm on SKY Sports TV.
9 Dart Game
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
30 year anniversary 9 dart interview
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.
John Explains his darts set up
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.
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.
John's Tips from the Top
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.
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The next generation of players begins now.
30 seconds of John Lowe
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.
John Lowe's Sporting Heros
A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe
John's in depth career interview
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
6 perfect bulls
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 Lowe - The Throw 1978-2008
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.