By John Lowe, Mar 4 2015 09:15AM
In 1990 I was asked by my sponsors Unicorn Darts to visit Russia, the aim was to promote darts in every way first the playing side and then the sales of Unicorn darts products, it was a week long tour, the party conisted of myself Barry Twomlow and Michael Lowey, the sporting minister of Sovintersport was heavily involved in the setting up of the tour along with Jerry Presky who happened to be from Chesterfield before he went to live and work in Russia, I played live on TV for one hour demonstarting the method of throwing darts and letting a few press people play against me, we visited and played in the Balshio Ballet I was told I was the only Eastern person apart from Margaret Thatcher our Prime Minister who had graced that stage outside of Ballet performers, other visits included the Lada Car factory and the most immpresive the Kremlin, I can tell you they have a museum in there that is just unbelievable full of priceless artifacts many given by other countries. That was 25 years ago, I have been back since and played the Norwegian Dart champion on TV and playing a few exhibitions, whilst being optomistic that darts would develop into a big sport in Russia things did not seem to be happening very quickly but now a Russian EADC Pro-Tour is up and running and the future looks more promising as other tour events are planed throughout the year. Last weeks tour event saw Alexey Kadochnikov beat Maksim Belov 6-4 in the final, the event was held in the immpresive Omega Plaza in Moscow a far cry from 1990 when there was only one pub in the City, The Red Lion and not a dart board in sight, it's good to know that darts is begining to grow in Russia and more so that the Unicorn tour of 1990 probably set the seeds for today's growth.
Kadochnikov salutes the crowd on his win.
By John Lowe, Feb 28 2015 08:55AM
I will be playing in a charity night at the Shamrock club Welwyn Garden City tonight, 20 players over one leg of 501 will get the chance to play against me, start time is 8-30pm and everyone is welcome.
By John Lowe, Feb 27 2015 08:17AM
Dave Chisnall wnt joint top of the Premier League last night after his win over Kim Huybrechts, Michael Van Gerwen only managing a draw with Adrian Lewis who was 5-2 in fron at one stage of the match. Chisnell and Huybrechts both had identical averages of 107-01 good enough to win any match, the difference was Chisnalls 58% on the finishing.
MVG claimed Lewis had tried to slow him down in his post match interview, well that is not against the rules, just common sense in my opinion and if he did slow him down it was not noticable, Lewis was admirable in his interview saying he was dissapointed not to win after being well in front but recognised MVG's 80 finish was massive.
Gary Anderson defeated Wade by 7 legs to 4 the magin could have been higher if Gary had hit those illusive doubles. Barney took out Bunting 7-4 all down to Buntings dreadful night on the doubles, Taylor and Wright drew 6-6 in a even match, all in all a good night of darts except for those 2 draws.
Here I go again !!
By John Lowe, Feb 26 2015 10:24AM
The fourth week of the Premier Legue will be held Belfast Ireland and the turn out is expected to be huge, second place in the table Dave Chisnall opens the nights play against Kim Huybrects who is at the bottom of the table, Chisnall is finding his confidence and will be a handful for Huybrechts who is desperate to get a foothold on the ladder, with this in mind I am going for a Chisnall win. Gary Anderson takes on James Wade in the second match, on paper this should be a good game but Gary's missed doubles came back to haunt him last week against MVG when he missed 21 attempts, if he can return to his consistent form that brought him the World Championship he can just win the match, Anderson for me. The player in top form Michael Van Gerwen who has won and won in 2015 notably 4 of the UK Open Qualifiers will play Adrian Lewis, both players are quick in fact very fast, many say they feed off each others style of play, maybe that's true but the problem is one break of throw gives so much advantage that it can be catch me if you can, this game will be all about quality finishing, both are capable of that but MVG's present form persuades me this match is his. Stephen Bunting will be keen to show that he is capable of competing in this company, tonight he will face Barney who is not playing at his best and when he does it is only for short spells, this game is hard to pick a winner and a draw would be a good choice, but as you well know I dislike draws so much I am going to get off the fence and go for Bunting. Phil Taylor walks out in the last match of the night to what I am sure will be a noisy reception, back to his best in Wigan last week for UK Qualifier no 5 when he raced through the field with an average of 103, he will face Peter Wright who at the moment can do anything but produce the right result in the PL, this will be a tough night for Peter facing Taylor is never easy but when your exisitence in the Premier League is looking bleak panic must play a part, the pressure to win will be the deciding factor and that's why I take Taylor to win.
By John Lowe, Feb 20 2015 09:00AM
Week three of the Premier League produced only two results, Phil Taylor beat Stephen Bunting by 7 legs to 1, bunting managing to score only 8 scores of 100 and over, Taylor didn't have to be at his best a 100 average did the job with ease.
Michael Van Gerwen beat the World champion by 7 legs to 4 the Scott missing 21 dart at the doubles, reminicent of the old Anderson, MVG had a 101 average and now goes one point clear at the top of the table.
Lewis and Huybrechts finished all square a 6 legs each and Wade and Chisnell did the same and Peter Wright and Barney completed the three drawn match week at 6-6. Everyone knows my position about drawn matches, it's for Football and Rugby, team sports, if it happens in Golf they go on to extra holes to decide the winner, there just isn't any reason or place for draws in Darts.
By John Lowe, Feb 19 2015 02:39PM
Tonights Premier League visits the Echo Arena Liverpool and there are some interesting matches in store, World champion Gary anderson renews his rivalry with Michael Van Gerwen, anderson will wont to stamp his authority as World champion on this match, but will he be able to stop the amazing run of form that MVg is enjoying ? Anderson will have to get in front and stay there, chasing MVG will only produce a draw at best.
James Wade opens the night against Dave Chisnell, a very hard to read match, Chisnell is one of the best maximum players in the sport but Wade has been around a long time, he is capable of putting 5 or 6 good legs together at any time. Peter Wright will be desperate to get a point on the board but so will his opponent Barney this is a big match for both players. Stephen Bunting takes on the 16 times world champion Phil Taylor and he will have to be at his best to take anything out of this match, top of the bill or should I say last on his Lewis and Huybrects, Lewis was poor last week and I expect him to put up a far better performance against a player who has not shown his capabilites so far.
First match SKY Sports 7pm.
By John Lowe, Feb 16 2015 12:13PM
Michael Van Gerwen continued his magnificent run of form in 2015 by adding the German Darts Championship to the two UK Open Qualifiers and the Uniber Masters, his £25,000 first place took his winnings over the last fortnight to £110,000. MVG beat Joe Human in the quarter final and Mensur Suljovic in the semi-final before facing Gary Anderson the reigning world champion in the final, Anderson beat Justin Pipe in the quarters and Adrian Lewis in the semi-final. The final lived up to it's billing by the top two players in the world at this time, MVG came out the winner by 6 legs to 2 with a average of 117-94, it will be interesting to see how long MVG can keep this unbeaten run going, I remember going on a run of 9 event wins in a row, it is all about confidence in yourself coupled with the thoughts of others that they cannot beat you, a kind of over respect, I know MVG is looking to record a 120 average, maybe this Thursday's premier league will be the night he hits his target.
By John Lowe, Feb 13 2015 09:05AM
Looking to stage an exhibitions, a challenge against a professional and you don't have £2000, £3000, £4000 or even £8000 some players are asking today, then you should be aware there are players of good pedigree, world champions, players with more titles than half the Premier League players can total together and they charge a lot less and in some casses give a lot more, who are they? Bristow, Priestly, Deller, Anderson and I will put myself in there. You can hire one of these players, the full stage set and a professional MC, in other words the full Monty for around £1100 depending on location, you can add a player or even 2 to suit your budget and still make a good return on the night. If you are interested then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and together we can arrange your show. Presentations are traditional in darts leagues, it is now common to hire a professional preferably a World Champion to present the awards and have photographs taken or even have the top players in the league compete against him early in the night, these nights need to be arranged early in the season to get it right, contact me if you are looking for an exhibition or presentation, satisfaction guaranteed.
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
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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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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.