Jamie Hughes thinks that he can jolt Michael van Gerwen in the World Grand Prix following a solid year that owes much to staying in full-time employment.
After he worked on the Challenge Tour in 2018, his big break came since 2019 dawned – the Englishman sealing his PDC tour card at Q School in January thanks to a display. He has not looked back since.
In June, he scooped his PDC name, beating Stephen Bunting from the Darts Open which guaranteed him a spot in the World Matchplay. Hell have taken heart although he glanced in the first round in Blackpool, losing 10-7 to finalist Michael Smith.
The isnt lacking confidence even though being drawn against the worlds best player in Sundays first round of this Grand Prix heading to his next major.
It is quite a brief format actually, first to two collections, he told The Darts Show Podcast. It is essentially like a Pro Tour, youve got to win six legs. That. Its quite a short format. If I could hit the floor running, getting into it ancient hopefully, I could cause a significant upset.
He does not have any motive to lack perception.
The confidence has ever been there, however, [the Czech Darts Open name ] proved not just to myself but to everybody else how much of a hazard I am when I am playing well, he continued.
If anything, it included a bit more pressure, because theres a little more anticipation. Im probably regarded as a possible winner of Euro Tours today since I have already won one
Players should acclimatise into thedouble-in format of this World Grand Prix in Dublin, but it will not unsettle the BDO World Championship semi-finalist.
I have played my darting career in double-in leagues, in lesser leagues, so Ive a whole lot of expertise, Hughes said.
I dont attempt to do anything different [in training]… I simply carry on using the exact routines. Im a bit of a creature of habit. I like to get into patterns, and I believe thats more important.
You can throw the form book out the window a little bit whenever you do mix things up. It [the structure ] is different. The players are not going to be in that respect in shape.
It probably will be better for audiences to freshen things up a little, as it does appear to be the exact same kind of players playing with the TV the whole time, so it might freshen it up with a few more upsets when it did spice up things a bit.
For Hughes, hell revert to kind – . When many players opt to commit full-time to the oche,Yozza has remained in employment.
As he proceeds to climb through the ranks, staying occupied has worked a deal for him. His match was never satisfied by playing.
Id try it about 12 weeks before I changed [into the PDC], he explained. It didnt work very, and it had been a lot of darts. There was not anything [else]. It had been 24/7. This was a small bit too intensive. That is the reason why I went back to do the job. I wanted to take my mind off the match.
I was putting myself under much more pressure since I was putting far more time in, expecting to get a lot more out. That will not necessarily work like this.
I have discovered my game popped up once I began working . Its one of those kind of balancing functions. You have to balance it. You have to give a great rest time to yourself as well as getting the clinic in, and obviously the travelling and matches.
If you have the balance right, then fantastic. I think that the balance is not too bad at the moment.
Hughes knows what works for him personally and he has no shortage of belief. He will be looking to show what he is capable of.
You can listen to the interview with Jamie Hughes about the episode of this Darts Show Podcast.
Coverage of all seven days in Ireland gets on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm on Sunday and continues before the closing at the Citywest Hotel on Saturday, October 12.