By John Lowe, Feb 5 2014 01:45PM
On sunday the 2nd of March I will be visiting the Hop Pole in Leominster, Herofordshire, at 4pm it will be toe the oche game on, 16 players will have their opportunity to play against me and their chance to beat me, the Hop Pole has been host to a few world champions including Martin Woolfy Adams, and I expect a great afternoon of friendship and good arrow throwing. Tickets are limited to 48 and cost £10 each, a ticket draw will be made for the 16 players and you can nominate someone else if you do not wish to play, you can book your ticket by calling the hop Pole on 0871 951 1000, make a day of it and book your Sunday Roast before the darts, See you on the 2nd.
By John Lowe, Jan 15 2014 01:55PM
Stephen Bunting became the BDO Lakeside Champion and started speculation about his future, many thought he would make the move over to the PDC and it's lucrative financial circuit, but rumour as it the BDO have contracted him for the next three years, if this is true then it's a sad loss for the sport and for the potential Stephen has, he is a very good player, with the skill to hold his own in any PDC event, to remain with the BDO will mean he is limited to a possible three TV events in the next twelve months, hardly worthy of a World Champion, I am not trying to belittle the BDO or Stephens status in the sport, but all players who have practised to reach the heights of being able to call themselfs a World Champion deserve the right to reap the rewards that come with that title, Stephen is at the point in his career when he should be reaching out for greatness, challenging the best, let's hope he is given that chance.
By John Lowe, Jan 9 2014 04:54PM
Michael Van Gerwen is the new World Darts Champion, when he beat Peter Wright at Ally Pally, he did not only become the World champion, he became the World No1, this will make for a very interesting 2014, Phil Taylor will not like being overtaken in the world rankings, this will be the acid test, as Phil lost his tremendous level of throwing consistent averages over the 100 mark, if so the door is open, not a lot because MVG is now the player to beat, but it is Taylor who is still the threat to his reign, does he still have the will to compete at the highest level ? I ask myself and come up with the answer, yes, he will try his hardest to turn the tables even if it's not in the long term, but I am sure he will not lie down, go away, we don't have long to find out, the Premier League will be with us in one months time, and it's going to be fun.
By John Lowe, Dec 31 2013 09:05AM
What a unpredictable night at Ally Pally, Peter Wright beats Simon Whitlock and then MVG whitewashes Adrian Lewis.
I would think Adrian Lewis is wondering how he could lose 5 sets to nil this morning, I am sure it will not be comfortable, it's all well saying just another match, but it wasn't just another match, it was a Taylor type of defeat, something he has managed to do to quite a few players, especially in the World Championship, I guess the sport is now so busy he will not have time to dwell on it, in my day we did not play another major event for months, so we had plenty of time to reflect, Adrian will be back in tournament play within weeks and the Premier League will kick off in a months time, now I wonder who will be in that ?
But before that there is a little matter of a World Championship to conclude, Peter Write will face Michael Van Gerwen on New Years Day, will Write continue his excellent form shown throughout the championship, or will Mighty Michael play with the ruthless streak he did against Lewis, we do not have long to find out.
Have a wonderful New Year.
By John Lowe, Dec 30 2013 03:58PM
In the words of The King of Bling, Bobby George, Scoring is for show, doubles are for Dough, will he be right when tonights semi-finals of the Ladbroke.com World Championships are played at Ally Pally ? the quarter final form of the players, especially how they are paired tonight suggest little in the averages, Write's average 95.85, Whitlock 95.77, and their finishing average only 1.10% better to Write, they both played the full 9 sets in their respective matches, so on form this match should be tight and maybe go all the way. The second semi-final clash between MVG and Lewis tells a little different story, the average difference is only 2.30%, but the finishing is 24.34% both to MVG, could that be the telling factor of tonights clash, we have to remember Lewis only played 5 sets to MVG's 8, and that makes a difference in the averages both throwing and finishing, the style of throw between these two players is minimal, Lewis stands taller these days and releases his darts a little slower and smoother than he used to, MVG leans forward and powers the dart towards it's target, but his finishing is his strong point, from double three to 170, he is the best, so it's all set for two classic games, I know that doesn't always happen, many of the classics on paper turn out to be ugly games, a win is a win situation, it could happen tonight, let's hope not, one thing is for sure there will be high scores, maybe a 9 dart game (we havn't seen one since day one) but both winners will come from the most important part of throwing darts, Doubles.
I won't sit on the fence, my prediction: Whitlock and Lewis Final.
By John Lowe, Dec 30 2013 03:22PM
Adrian Lewis made short work of his Quarter final match with James Wade, winning by 5 sets to 1, there was not a lot to say about the contest mainly because it did not happen, Lewis dominated, Wade was mediocre, which surprised everyone including myself who thought he would give Lewis a tough match. MVG did have a little more to do against Mark Webster, the 5-3 score line was a tribute to Mark who has had a terrible year on the circuit, now we are set for the clash of the speed merchants, MVG V Lewis, a semi-final match that many wanted to be the final, these two players have played each other a few times this year outside of the final, such is their ranking position, hopefully that will change in due course and they can fight it out in seperate half, but until that happens we will have to enjoy watching two of the finest players of the modern game battle each other.
By John Lowe, Dec 29 2013 09:01AM
What great Saturday night darts from Ally Pally, first Peter Wright showing he is in it to win it, against Wes Newton, both playing superb, the match living up to it's quarter final billing, Wrights 5-4 win which included a last set of 8 legs had the crowd on their feet, a total of 178 scores of 100 and over including 18 maximus, superb. The second match between Simon Whitlock and Ian White looked to be all one way traffic, Whitlock going into a 3 -0 lead and then 4-1, but White had other thoughts reeling off 3 straight sets all 3-1, and the match was level at 4-4, Whitlock did not intend to let this one slip and ended a great challenge and championship by White, winning 4 legs to 2 and 5-4, 166 scores of 100 and over including 27 maximums, 15 to Whitlock, the first semi-final is now set, Wright V Whitlock, not to be missed.
By John Lowe, Dec 28 2013 09:08AM
No one can say this world championship was predictable, in fact anything but, of course Taylor going out so early was a big shock, but when you look at the other top names 6 of them Premier League players, you suddenly get the feeling the old guard is under extreme pressure. Yesterdays matches produced some great TV and once again some rather unexpected results, Devon Peterson deserved his win against Justin Pipe and will be a hero at home reaching the last 8 of the event, Newton brushed Thornton aside 4-1, that was another shock for myself, expecting the match to be close, Whitlock beat a lack lustre Painter 4-0, and Burnett almost surrendered to Ian white after being in control, Mark Webster played a determined game to beat Barney 4-3, but the match of the day was Michael Smith conquerer of the reigning champion Phil Taylor, once again he produced top flight darts averaging 98, but he came up a guy who is determined to show the world he is more than a dress up artist, Peter Snakebite Wright produced the best average of the whole competition 106, he played rock steady, did not crack when behind and when maximums came at him like bullets, he responded like only champions can do and at this stage of the tournament he is the man to beat.
Photograph: Peter Snakebite Wright
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.