The Wizard Searches for Form Slump Answers

Simon Whitlock. Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Australian darts powerhouse Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock is facing a crisis of confidence as he fails to regain from.

Whitlock was known for his heavy scoring and fast finishes, gathering momentum as the match proceeded. He took the world by storm in 2010, charging into contention in the 2010 world championships. Since that time he has made a name for himself rising as high as number 4 in the world rankings.

More recently, however, he struggled with form.

In the current world championships, held at Alexandra Palace in London, he appeared nervous ad distracted, with his hand shaking prior to throws.

Whitlocks mentor, Noel potter, has confidence in his charge,. “It’s just probably mind problems and that sort of stuff,” he told reporters.

Whitlock has slid to number 7 in the world rankings and frankly admits he doesn’t know what to do to reverse his current form. In his past six tournaments he has been unable to move past the first round or group stage.

He will need to do something soon, Whitlock is scheduled to compete in the 2015 Invitational darts Challenge at Etihad stadium on January 9 – 10. There he will face an on form world number 1 by the name of Micahel van Gerwen.

“I’m looking to have a chat to him about how he’s doing,” said Potter. “And hopefully we can sort some things out.

“It could be sleep or he could just have a lot of things on his plate at the moment.”

Potter was quick to point out everyone endures slums in form at some stage of their career. Even darting legend and 16-time world champion Phil Taylor had fallow spells.

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