Tay­lor vows to switch on full power in 2012


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Daily Sport Tip: LADBROKESPOKER.COM HAND­I­CAP HUR­DLE (4) PHIL TAY­LOR has warned his ri­vals that he’s chas­ing a clean sweep of darts’ hon­ours in 2012 fol­low­ing his amaz­ing start to the Mccoy’s Premier League sea­son.

“The Power” had ques­tioned whether he was in de­cline af­ter suf­fer­ing a sec­ond round World Cham­pi­onship de­feat to Dave Chis­nall.

But he bounced back in sen­sa­tional fash­ion, part­ner­ing Adrian Lewis to glory in the World Cup of Darts be­fore pick­ing up two bril­liant wins and a draw from the open­ing three weeks of the Premier League.


Tay­lor has recorded the sec­ond and third high­est av­er­ages in the his­tory of the league, hit­ting 112.79 against Lewis and 112.91 in an 8-4 win over Ray­mond van Barn­eveld.

The 15-times world cham­pion also fired a nine-darter as he came from 5-3 down to de­feat Kevin Painter.

And he said: “I’m lov­ing ev­ery minute of the Premier League so far.

“The crowds have been fan­tas­tic, I’m en­joy­ing it and I’m get­ting some great re­sults be­cause I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing right.

“Some­times you make changes and you don’t know if it’s go­ing to work, but what I’ve done so far this year – los­ing weight and start­ing a new fit­ness regime – is work­ing and I feel great.

“If I don’t win ev­ery­thing this year, then I’m go­ing to be dis­ap­pointed.

“That’s the way my mind­set is at the mo­ment and I want to keep push­ing my­self to get bet­ter.

“I’m 52 in Au­gust and when I get to 55 I’ll look at re­tir­ing then.

“I want to win at least one more World Cham­pi­onship but I don’t want to get to the stage where I’m 60 and I could use my bus pass to come to events half-price.”

Tay­lor meets Si­mon Whit­lock in Ex­eter on Thurs­day, the Aussie hav­ing lost last time to Kevin Painter.

The Stoke chucker added: “Si­mon’s a great player but he showed last week that he was feel­ing a bit of pres­sure when he lost to Kevin.

“I’ve got to go out and put him un­der pres­sure from the start and make him think about the week be­fore, which will make it hard for him.”


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