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Phil Taylor reveals the pre-game rituals that make him a winner

| 26.11.2010

For those of you getting a bit nervous at the prospect of walking to the oche at a packed Alexandra Palce in the Ladbrokes Lads Cup, you could do a lot worse than listen to a certain Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.

Lads Cup expert Taylor has won 15 world titles and over £1 million in prize money, making him easily the most successful player in the history of the game. However, not even he is immune to nerves before a big game.

He said: “My pre-match practice is important. I talk and play and then I go a bit quiet. Mentally, I want to be ready. I am just lining things up – my arms, shoulders and eyes. Make sure there’s no ones or fives. Stay nice and loose, feel good – it is all about the complete package up there.

“I have to be robotic, like a machine. Once I am playing, I don’t notice the crowd. They are not there for me. I don’t interplay. Some players are upset by the obscenities. Not me. I’ve heard it all before…

“The pressure is on my opponents. Eric Bristow made me into a winner. He taught me to have a winning mentality and behave professionally.

“That’s why I’m careful. Those walk-ins can be dodgy. I can’t afford to get my hand cut. I shake hands – left only – with the kids and touch knuckles. I’ve got my darts in my pocket and I know I’ve to go on stage and perform.

“I get the butterflies, feel excited, the same as always. I thank everyone for coming. ‘Have a good night’… ‘Nice to see you here’ and then we start.”

Taylor is currently massive favourite for the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at 8/15 and you could be joining him at Ally Pally if you enter the Lads Cup.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.