- Practice a lot. Curling is a game of precision and takes plenty of practice to master. "If I took you bowling and told you to roll the ball down the alley and stop it before hitting the head pin, that's how precise you need to be in delivery of the stone," Peckinpaugh says. Casual curlers might achieve 30 percent precision while Olympic curlers average 80 to 90 percent accuracy.
- Be flexible. That deep bend at the hips you see Olympic curlers sink into as they deliver stones is the ideal, Peckinpaugh says. But it's not a requirement; some players slide on one knee or use a special delivery stick.
- Learn the art of sweeping. Sweeping takes endurance but also an understanding of how the pressure and motion of the broom head affects the stone's trajectory. "A sweeper must develop good judgment of the speed of the rock over the ice," Peckinpaugh says. "Good sweepers can save a curling shot."
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November 30, 2010