Michael van Gerwen has been playing with the latest edition of his darts at the World Matchplay, of which he is on a journey with to help propel his game forward.
During the Premier League we saw some extremely strong finishing from Michael, that even surprised him such an early in his transition to find his perfect set of darts.
Michael said “I’ve been trialling two or three sets of darts in practice over the last few weeks and I’ve now settled with one set. These darts are really helping me finish and the more I practice I’m really seeing my confidence rise.”
Michael’s practice routines have changed a great deal over his entire career, but the World No.1 knows exactly when and how he needs to sharpen up his finishing and in which way.
As one of the game’s finest counters he is regularly setting up finishing such as 164, which he’s hit multiple times this year already, finishing with aplomb on T19, T19, Bull – which is an outstanding feat to take on.
Michael’s practice has changed during lockdown as the intense schedule and high amounts of travelling has disappeared. We spoke to Michael to find out how he maintained the sharpness in his game.
“For me practice is not about how much, but more about focusing on key drivers and currently these are my new darts and how I’m placing them around the board more naturally, and I’m getting there week by week”
The MvG design range has been received phenomenally in the marketplace and Michael is excited for the new journey that he is on with Winmau, where he can add his world-class expertise to the company’s decades of design experience and very much look forward to this partnership.
Michael navigated his way into Round 2 of the World Matchplay with a professional win over Brendan Dolan, where he averaged nearly 100, but added "There is still so much more to come from me with my new darts".
Michael faces Simon Whitlock tonight live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV for Rest of the World subscribers and through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners.
Tuesday July 21 (1800)
1x First Round, 4x Second Round Matches
Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri Van den Bergh (R1)
Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock
Gabriel Clemens v Krzysztof Ratajski