Luke Littler extracts the absolute most out of his talent for darts by practicing for just 20 minutes per day, the 17-year-old claims. One of the country’s most exciting young sportsmen has a daily routine unlike most others gunning for global titles, with Xbox and afternoon lie-ins at the forefront of his recipe for success.
Littler burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old at the World Darts Championship in December, building on his success in the youth ranks by taking out seasoned heavyweights Raymond van Barneveld and Rob Cross en route to the final.
‘The Nuke’ fell short against Luke Humphries at Alexandra Palace, but subsequently proved his time in the spotlight would not be a short one by winning the Bahrain Darts Masters and reaching the final of the Dutch Darts Masters in successive weeks.
Littler is now pitting his wits against the best the world has to offer in Premier League Darts, sitting third in the table out of eight competitors after two weeks of action.
Whereas undisputed darts GOAT Phil Taylor practiced for up to 10 hours per day, Littler takes a decidedly different approach. “I don’t know why but I am always up until, like, 2am or 3am on my Xbox,” he told The Daily Mail.
“I wake up at 1pm or 2pm and I do the same every day. I might need to get into a routine of going to bed at a normal time – I never see the morning. I get up, I go on my Xbox.
Littler proved the value of his unique approach to training earlier this year. He claimed to have done no practice whatsoever in the two weeks between his Ally Pally defeat and arriving in Bahrain, where he beat Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen and hit a nine-darter against Nathan Aspinall.
The 2007-born talent is cashing in on his immense talent, with a staggering £200,000 in prize money earned from his world championship run and plenty more on offer in the Premier League over the coming weeks.