It has always been my contention that soft tip players are better off practicing on a steel tip board rather than a soft tip board.
Steel tip boards have smaller targets (i.e. doubles, triples, bull). Smaller targets have less room for error and this requires you to focus more intently. Hitting smaller targets will also help you refine and hone your dart control motor skills. Becoming adept at hitting the smaller steel tip board targets, will also improve your confidence when you compete on a soft tip board.
If you are a primarily a soft tip player, try practicing on a steel tip board, but remember that the steel tip distance is 7′ 9.25″ and you’ll need to adjust your stance back to 8′.
After several practice sessions on a steel tip board, you will notice that the triples, doubles, and bull on a soft tip board will look larger and you may find that hitting those bigger targets is a little easier.