Winning the Grand Slam of Darts last month proved a lot of doubters towards Michael Smith wrong and showed that he could win a major title amid eight previous finals lost by 'Bully Boy'.
Speaking to the Weekly Dartscast, he discussed how he has improved in the past few years mentally after the setbacks to seal major glory and how now he is looking to get a more complete game in order to push on to even become World Number One.
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"You could see when I fell that there was relief and thank god it's finally done. I was going to run to my kids but my legs went. The past couple of years just come out of me. Finally now I can settle down," said Smith to the Weekly Dartscast.
"It just proved me right and proved everyone else wrong. It just proves what you can do if you don't quit and never give up. Every year I've improved, if not with my darts then the mental side and not dropping my head.
"This year I finally got most things clicked into one but it's just about finding a middle ground now because I'm either really good at scoring and bad at doubles or mediocre at scoring but amazing at doubles. It needs to click now that I'm good at both. Once I'm good at both, I know I'll be World Number One and best player in the world."