Technique, Sweeping & Scoring

Technique

Technique is vital in curling. Without technique it is difficult to direct the stone in the correct direction and at the right speed. Some people are naturally gifted, others will take their time to develop.

Like any sport, perfecting technique is an extremely difficult achievement, but here are some hints and tips to get you started:

  • Hold the stone with your strong hand and hold a brush or crutch to support your balance in the other
  • Crouch into the hack with your strong leg, hold the stone slightly in front and to the outer side of your stronger foot
  • Push off, extending your strong leg behind you, with toes sliding along the ice, and gliding on your opposite foot
  • Extend your arm and hand in the direction to which you are aiming the stone for. You must be accurate in aim and weight (velocity and delivery) to ensure your stone comes to rest upon your anticipated target
  • To apply curl to the direction of your stone you must turn the handle in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. This is called giving it the correct handle
  • The player must release the stone before passing a certain point known as the hogline
There’s several videos showing curling techniques on You Tube. Watch Scotland's David Murdoch give you an introduction to curling:

Sweeping

Sweeping with a brush, also known as a broom, reduces the friction between the ice and the stone’s surface, ensuring it curls less. It also creates a thin layer of water that helps the stone glide across the surface, allowing the stone to continue momentum in its intended direction.

Learn more about sweeping in this exclusive World Curling TV video:

Scoring

After completing each end, the team with the stone(s) closest to the centre of the house (known as the tee or button) scores one point.

Teams can score more points for every other stone in the house closer to the tee than the closest stone belonging to the opposing team. Stones must be in or touching the house to be considered for scoring.

The team scoring delivers the first stone in the next end, giving the opponents what is called the ‘hammer’, or the last stone advantage of that end.