Golfers call it "the yips," an affliction that causes a normally steady putter to suddenly lose all control of his flat stick. In baseball circles, it's sometimes referred to as "the thing," and former major league second baseman Steve Sax can testify that losing the ability to make the short throw from his position to first base was as frustrating as it was inexplicable.
Escondido's J.D. Newman knows the feeling. A little more than a year ago, he came down with a debilitating case of "dartitis."
Newman, a top-level amateur dart thrower who has been playing the popular pub game all his life, suddenly couldn't have hit a bullseye if it were the size of a basketball rim. For someone who enters competitions nearly every weekend, it was serious as if he had suddenly forgotten how to drive his car or tie his shoes.