There were a few moments, but James Wade effectively took care of business Sunday night in the Citywest Hotel to pick up his first World Grand Prix win because 2014, beating John Henderson 2-1.
The Machine is look forward to his second-round tie from Mervyn King with genuine confidence, since he chases a third in Dublin, and a PDC title.
Its been some time, I forgot just how to win here I presume, he told The Darts Show Podcast.
It is good. It is a win, and I can move onto the next one. It is nice to get that first one under the buckle
Wade believes hes currently getting back to where he belongs, and has enjoyed a spike in fortunes at the past 12 months.
He claimed victories to end on a top – and – things have lasted using five Pro Tour titles this season – .
Unfortunately I have gone through a genuine poor portion of my career for the last three or four decades, he said.
Its [down to] myself not putting enough effort in, rather than wanting to be there. You have a couple of years of not and not placing enough in wanting to be there, and also all with not performing well, those mixed up, it brings negatives to the match.
Now there is not that many downsides there and theres a great deal more positives.
Growing becomes a habit, and losing becomes a habit. Ive been doing just a small bit of this winning rather than a lot of this losing.
Even the Grand Prix attracts its own challenges for gamers, most notably thedouble-in format, rather than match-play but it is also one of two tournaments where set-play is utilized.
Wade found himself level at one set apiece against Henderson, despite winning more legs up to there, and he believes directly match-play gives atrue reflection of power.
I have always preferred match-play instead of sets, he further added.
Using sets, you can acquire more legs but lose a game. Ive never known that.
I dont think a good deal of the period [set-play] is a real reflection. In addition, it gives folks something to conceal. People can hide behind never playing well and figure out how to nick a game in places. It is a game whereas in match-play. You win, if you get to 10. If you dont you shed.
It is as simple as that.
The business end of the darting season is well and truly upon uswith the Grand Prix and Grand Slam among the contests leading intothe granddaddy of them in the Ally Pally at less than 10 months time.
Wade holds the television events in higher esteem although the remainder of the calendar keeps players on their feet with all the schedule.
It has two entirely different games. Floor tournaments and European Tours, its not exactly the same as that which I call a correct TV tournament, he said.
It is not even close. You can play not well and well in one from the opposite. I think its completely different. Some individuals are able to play really well on the ground, but when they get on the stage, not really well. I really dont think the two are similar.
The left-hander knows he needs to pick and choose tournaments to sit and can be in awe of a number of his peers stamina.
He added:There are a few players that I cant think still do each of the tournaments. The likes of Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright. They hardcore. They visit everything! I dont know how they do this !
But its about peaking at the biggest tournaments, and also the 36-year-old is convinced that hes currently doing just that at Dublin.
Next up is a second-round meeting with King. Wade is back to winning ways in the venue that is Irish, and he has tasted success, hes not likely to want to wait another five years to get his second one.
It should be good. It needs to be fascinating, he said of his interview with King.
Hopefully its interesting and that I win.
Coverage of the World Grand Prix continues on Tuesday night from 7pm on Sky Sports Action & Main Event and runs during the week up until Saturdays final from the Citywest Hotel
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