David Pallett secured his maiden PDC Challenge Tour title recently as the return to form continued for the former major semi-finalist.
"Definitely still on a high, a bit shattered after coming back from Germany. Had a few days off and back down to Southampton (Live League) now so I haven't had much time to let it sink in but happy to win," said Pallett to Weekly Dartscast.
Rebuilding after Tour Card loss
Losing his Tour Card again going into the pandemic, Pallett was pragmatic on the period of time and used it to refresh.
"Lockdown was quite good for me. I had a good break and spent time with the missus, dad and dogs and chilled out. Started picking it back up from then really."
Starting this season, he sealed the England Open in the WDF with the World Masters and potentially Lakeside on the radar.
"Fingers crossed, that's the plan. This year I was just going to plan on doing as many competitions as I can really, keep myself busy. Try and build the confidence back up and see bits of Europe. Do some sightseeing while we're at it. The England Open went quite well for me, if I keep picking up points and tournament wins hopefully I'll have a trip to Lakeside at the start of next year as well."
After being on the ProTour for so long, it was a bit of a culture shock for Pallett which he admitted knocked his confidence initially.
"I was really happy. When I first went onto the Challenge Tour, it was after the weekend in Minehead when I got to the semi-finals at the UK Open so I thought I'm in great form, want to carry it on. It didn't happen, I completely lost everything. The next year I was playing horrendously, so it's taken me a good while to get used to the Challenge Tour."
"Two tournaments in one day, I really did despise it when I first went on the Challenge Tour. You think to yourself you're competing against the best in the world and now you're on the second tour, you're just trying to get your head round it to start with but that's the most difficult part."
"When the winning double went in, it was more relief than anything else."
But the PDC is still the goal as he looks to return to the top 128 through the top two spots on the Challenge Tour first.
"As long as I can keep my consistency going, I'm more than confident of getting into those top two spots. But it's how it goes on the day unfortunately, it's not something you can predict."
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