Today I will be chatting to experienced PDC player player ‘Ladders’ Dave Ladley, Ladley has been with the PDC since 2002 his best run in the PDC was Last 32 in the World championships and a few last 32 performances in players championship pro tour events last year he also hit a 9 darter in a UK Open Qualifier last year against Nick Fulwell but he went on to lost that game 6-3
TS: Thanks for chatting with me Dave, first of all you just played 2 Players Championship Events in Wigan how did that go for you?
DL: “I played very well on Saturday beating Ricky Evans then Mark Webster and losing 6-5 to James Wade. I had a dart at the double to win and he took out 141 to win 6-5. He won the event and I think I was the only person to get a shot to knock him out all day”
TS: I have seen you have created your own darts den with bar and darts room etc? Tell me more
DL: “My dad passed away on Boxing Day just gone and he had always loved the bar atmosphere and surroundings. He taught me how to play in a similar sort of bar in the village we lived in, I have let darts take a back seat over the last 4 years while worrying so much about my dad and his terrible illness. I just used it mainly as a getaway and time with my great friends Darren Johnson and Terry Temple and if I played well then that was a bonus but I was hardly practicing at all and relying on natural ability. I’m afraid that natural ability against the worlds elite is simply not good enough, I thought if I build the bar and make it similar to what my dad would have liked and incorporate a set up similar to the PDC pro tour I could practice again and would improve my form whilst feeling that my dad would be sitting there advising me still as he used to when I was very young. I named it Hicky’s Bar after him. My dad would always talk about what ability I have so I want to do it for him now and I feel this is now starting to show”
TS: What are your targets for the rest of 2015?
DL: “My target is to keep playing how I am and push for a last 16 or quarter final spot at one of the remaining players Championships. I am realistic and realise that Q School in 2016 is where I will be and am focussed on getting a 2 year card back and pushing for consistent results throughout 2016/17 and pushing to qualify for TV majors”
TS: Who inspired you to take up darts?
DL: “My dad inspired me but I would always watch TV darts and loved watching Brostow, Lowe, Wilson and Alan Glazier were my favourites, My local heros were Syd Smaller and John (Flash) Ingram. Syd taught me the finer high level game that my dad couldn’t and flash was just an absolute local legend who I loved to watch play”
TS: Who is the toughest opponent in the PDC?
DL: “I would say there are plenty but obviously Phil Taylor is the toughest”
TS: What is your most memorable victory?
DL: “My most memorable victory was over Raymond Van Barneveld in this years UK open qualifier in Wigan. This was a good victory but the first sign that all the practice I had been doing was paying off”
TS: How many hours a day do you practise and do you have a partner or practise on your own?
DL:,”I have 3 practice nights, Monday, Wednesday and a Saturday or Sunday. They are 3 hour sessions, I practice mainly with my son Daniel but play the computer at a high level during these sessions too. If I practice with anyone its Darren Johnson from Mexborough who is a terrific player and I expect him to do very well over the next 3 years”
TS: What do you work on in practise?
DL: “Mainly finishing then at least 4 matches of best of 11 legs like the pro tour”
TS: What do you like to do when your not playing darts?
DL: “I love weight training but don’t overdo anything because I don’t want to affect my darts”
TS: Are you one of these players who likes to get to the venue first thing and practise?
DL: “I like to be in the surroundings at least an hour before then do the same routine as my practice sessions”
TS: What’s the best venue you have played at ?
DL: “Circus Tavern”
TS: Thanks for joining the Dave, and all the best for the future….
DL: “Thankyou and hopefully we meet up again at an event in the near future”