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‘YOU NEED A LOT OF COMMITMENT AND HARD GRAFT’ Darts pro Mark Walsh talks to My Local News about his life throwing arrows


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he last six months have seen Abbots Langley darts star Mark Walsh


maintain a steady presence in the sport‘s World Rankings. During that time the 46-year-old has


beaten 15 time World Champion Phil Taylor, reached eighth in the World listings and employed a sports psychologist in a bid to beat big match nerves. Mark, who has lived in the village for


more than ten years, told My Abbots News why he has employed the sports guru. He said: ―I seem not to be performing to my peak when I know a game is being televised. I seem to lose 10 per cent of my game when I know the cameras are on. I‘ve been working with the sports psychologist for around three months and we focus on thinking positively and having a good attitude. I just feel there‘s something missing in my game and if this helps me to click that will be fantastic. My goal for this year is to stay in the top ten and have a good World Championship. The father-of-five, whose Darts nickname is


Special Brew after the Bad Manners song, said that beating Phil ‗The Power‘ Taylor last November was his most recent highlight. ―Beating Phil was great because he is an absolute legend of the game. It‘s not the first time I‘ve beaten him but it‘s always special when it happens.‖ He also gave insight into the life of a


professional darts player. ―I‘ve been a full time pro for about four years. Going full time means you can put more time into your game and I aim to get three to fours hours‘ worth of practice in every day. ―There‘s a lot of travelling involved in the pro


game and you are looking at spending £30,000 per year simply paying for travel, accommodation and things like that. It‘s very hard for up and coming talents. I‘m lucky in that I‘ve got good sponsors.‖ On the subject of fresh talent Mark thinks


another Walsh might be making a name for himself in the darts world. ―My 18-year-old son Luke is turning into a handy player and plays in the Hertfordshire Super League. To get anywhere in this game though you need a lot of commitment and hard graft.‖


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