Down the local pub many an argument has occurred over what shaft size is best? Now the best answer to this is simply player preference! There is no right or wrong.
There are some basic rules which will suit most players such as the heavier the dart the longer the shaft should be, so in this case for darts over 23g-24g a medium shaft is going to suit most players. However there will be plenty of people reading this that use 26g darts with extra short shafts!, as I have said there is no rule, just guide lines. Just because James Wade uses short shafts with his 20g darts does not mean that short shaft will work for you in the same dart. The best thing to do is just try lots of different lengths and find what suits you best, the aim is to keep the darts flying smoothly and straight in the air so if your darts are doing this then you have the right shafts.
Darts Companies all make their own shafts and the majority call the shafts mini, extra short, short, and medium. Please note companies like Cosmo do not call their shafts these names they just number their shafts and there is a wider range of sizes, so it’s best to know what the average sizes of these shafts are so you can always find the right length stem that you like from any company, here is a list below of the standard lengths of modern dart shafts.
Former PDC player & owner of Perfectdarts, Andy, has created a short video on how to choose your dart shafts.
Mini Shafts - 12.8 mm not including thread - You can find our selection of Mini size shafts here
Extra Short Shafts - range from 26mm to 35mm not including thread - You can find our selection of Extra Short size shafts here
Short Shafts - range from 33mm to 36mm not including thread - You can find our selection of Short size shafts here
Midi Shafts - range from 39mm to 42mm not including thread - You can find our selection of Midi size shafts here
Medium Shafts - range from 44mm to 48mm not including thread - You can find our selection of Medium size shafts here
Shafts come in a variety of sizes but also a variety of materials. We have listed below the types of shafts that are available.
Heavy, strong and durable just about sums up aluminium dart shafts, not overly expensive and they last much longer than standard nylon plastic shafts. They are a lot heavier than nylon plastic shafts as well, so they can alter the balance of the dart so this needs to be taken into consideration if you’re thinking of giving them a whirl. You don’t often get auminium shafts ‘snapping’ but they can bend without you noticing so the best thing to do is before every game just roll your dart along a flat surface on its side and this will show you if your shaft is bent or not.
You can find our range of Aluminium shafts in a variety of sizes & colours HERE
The perks of carbon shafts are simple, carbon is an ultra-strong material and it’s also very very light! The down side is that carbon shafts tend to be a little on the expensive side but at least you will get your monies worth out of them. These shafts are so lightweight they can have a massive effect on the balance of a dart, if you have been using alumnium shafts then decided to try carbon you would have noticed the dart feels like a completely different object and the dart becomes very front weighted. These types of shafts are not for everyone but if you’re looking for that little something else that’s missing from your set up then these shafts could be right up your street.
You can find our range of Carbon shafts in a variety of sizes HERE
Magnesium shafts are not a common type of shaft by any means and are not overly cheap, but they do fit into the bracket of ultra-strong yet ultra-light so they are in a select group when it comes to that. Because they are so light they will help keep the balance of the dart towards the front and you can be safe in the knowledge that they won’t break or bend easily.
You can find our full range of Magnesium shafts in a variety of sizes HERE
Nylon plastic shafts are by some distance the most popular shafts used by darts players at either beginner or professional levels today. There are some good reasons for this, firstly they are very cheap and unless you're very unlucky and snap or split one in your first throw (which can happen) then you will get your monies worth out of them a few times over. They are also just about the right weight for most players as they're not too heavy or too light so they keep the dart perfectly balanced. The obvious draw backs are that they can break very easily and they can bend but because they tend to be so cheap it’s not the worst thing in the world to carry replacements.
You can find our full range of Nylon shafts in a variety of sizes & colours HERE
Similar properties as the magnesium shafts these stems also fit into that category of ultra-strong and ultra-lightweight with the only exception that titanium is more commonly used in darts. Again these types of stems cost more than your typical aluminium shaft but they are ultra-tough and very rarely bend or break.
You can find our full range of Titanium shafts in a variety of sizes HERE