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Dart Shaft Setup

Down the local pub, many an argument has been had 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. 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 mentioned there is no one rule, just guidelines. Just because James Wade uses short shafts with his 20g darts does not mean that a short shaft will work for you in the same dart. The best thing to do is to 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 or medium. Please note that companies like Cosmo do not call their shafts these names —  they just number their shafts and there is a wider range of sizes available, 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.

Below we have the lengths that dart shafts are available in:

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 Materials

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. They’re not overly expensive and they last much longer than standard Nylon plastic shafts. They’re 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 Aluminium shafts ‘snapping’ but they can bend without you noticing so the best thing to do before every game is 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 and 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’ll get your money’s worth out of them. These shafts are so lightweight they can have a massive effect on the balance of a dart. If you’ve been using Aluminium shafts and decide to try out a Carbon shaft, you’ll notice that 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 an ultra-strong yet ultra-light material, so they’re in a select group when it comes to that. Because they’re so light, they’ll 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’re very cheap and unless you're very unlucky and snap or split one in your first throw (which can happen), then you’ll get your money’s worth out of them a few times over. They’re also just about the right weight for most players as they're not too heavy and not too light, so they keep the dart perfectly balanced. The obvious drawbacks 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 and colours HERE



With similar properties to the Magnesium shafts, these stems also fit into that category of an ultra-strong and ultra-lightweight material 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