Tips for Curling Practice

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IF IT LOOKS GOOD!  -- IT IS GOOD!

Delivery

First 3 feet--always straight back and straight forward

Last 3 Feet--12 o’clock release

Grip                                               

Hold in 2nd knuckle area with fingers together

Hammer hold(ie holding it like a hammer) is acceptable but ensure the last 2 fingers do no affect release

Top athletes hold at the back of the handle

Leg Angle 

90 degrees always for back and forward thrust (increases leg drive)

Lift

hips always lower than the shoulders

Rock

should be in line with the shoulder in the set up

Right eye in rock line            

“Own the Rock” do not let the rock control you

 

LOD 

step into the line

Slightly wide is always okay

Narrow develops the majority of trouble

 

Practice Slides           

Five slides to do prior to every game and practice to keep you on track:

  • back line, Tee line, Top 12, Half way between top house and hog, Hog line

At the end of each slide, hold position for 1000, 2000, 3000 and stand up not touching the ice surface

 Sweeping 

Head over rock

Back straight

One foot placement out from hip

Throwing

Always aim at something. Whether its a gripper or a broom aiming is crucial to a beneficial practice

Always protect the hacks when throwing