My Monster Barrel Design signature darts debuted at the 2012 Las Vegas Open. The name of my new signature barrels is Hades.
The Hades grip is a reverse cut design that begins at the middle of the barrel and extends to all the way to the back of the barrel. The reverse cut is a mixture of narrow flat edges and razor style edges. This combination provides a lot of grip traction with only moderate finger pressure and it will last a long time. Less finger pressure means less muscle tension in the hand and this allows a smoother release with increased consistency. Double click the pictures above for an enlarged view.
When people hold the Hades dart for the first time, they notice the high quality engineering and they comment on how good the dart feels in their hands. When they take a few turns throwing with them, most of the comments are about the reverse cut grip and how the reverse cuts increase their control of the dart.
The steel tip Hades model comes in both 22 gram and 24 gram models. The soft tip model is 18 grams. In 2013, the Hades barrels will have an updated design. There will also be a new 22 gram 2BA soft tip barrel added to the current line up. I will use this heavier soft tip dart when I compete in THE WORLD events, which have a 25 gram maximum weight limit.