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First, a little note. The stone isn't get delivered with the hand. It gets delivered with the leg. That sounds stupid, but itis so. A right-handed person holds the stone with the right hand and pushes itself with the right leg out of the hack. In the left hand, he holds the broom to keep balance. A left-handed person is doing it the other way.
Right-handed persons slide with the left foot and streche the right leg behind them (see pics below). Offcourse left-handed curlers do it the other way..
The sliding delivery is divided in different phases:
That was a very simple explanation
of a sliding delivery. In reality , the sliding delivery is a very complex
move. Even professional curlers have some flaws in their delivery.
Curlingstones have a hollow
grind at their bottom. Through this grind, they're able to "curl"
if the player turns them while hes delivering the stone. When a stone
curls, it makes a curve. This curve is called curl. Ice is a very important
factor for the curl. On some ices, a stone curls 3 feet on others only
1 feet (3 feet = a big curve, 1 feet = a small curve).
Through sweeping, ice gets warm and a little (VERY little) bit of water results from sweeping.
Sweeping has two effects:
1) A stone that is played to short (=to slow) can be maked longer through sweeping (but not faster) In example: a stone should be played into the house, but the player delivers it with te length (weight) of a guard. The two sweepers sweep the stone, and if they do that good, the stone arrives in the house.
2) The curl can be suppressed. When a stone gets sweeped, it curls less than it would without sweeping.
Different ways, how a stone can be played
You can play the following
In / Out-Handle
Handle means the turn of the stone. Without the handle, a stone wouldn't curl. For a right-handed curler, a stone with an In-Handle turns clockwise and an Out-Handle turns counterclockwise. Left-handed do it the other way.
The skip controls
the game. He/she decides what stone gets played (Draw, Wick, ...). If
the skip decides to play defensive, he/she gives the commands to play
Take-Outs and Draws. Because the rink is very big, the skip communicates
with hand signals.
If the skip wants to play a Draw, he/she gives the signal for "Draw". Afterwards he/she "calculates" how much the stone will curl. The skips takes this distance and puts the broom so much beside the target. Example: the skips thinks, that the stone will curl 3 feet. So, the skip puts the broom 3 feet beside the place, where the stone should stop (see picture 1)
The player prepares now himself and delivers the stone toward the broom of the skip. If the player is doing this well, the stone gets good.
Moreover, the skip gives the sweeping comands.
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Damian Amherd & Stefan Hubacher
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