The technique of brushing – part deux

Posted by on November 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

While attending the Level 3 Technical coaching course in Napanee the last weekend in October, Brian Savill gave us a one-hour “Sweeping Update”, summarizing the latest research undertaken at the University of Western Ontario on the mechanics of brushing and its best practices. I’d like to summarize Brian’s remarks here. There is some other online […]

Delivery mechanics and take-out weight

Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

One article that Bill Tschirhart left out of the book “A Pane in the Glass” is this one, entitled “The Physicist, the Exercise Physiologist, and the Coach“. In it, Bob Comartin of the CCA Performance Enhancement team discusses the physiology and technical mechanics of the delivery with Jerome Gazdewich, a Level 3 CCA-certified instructor from […]

Book review: A Pane in the Glass

Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Bill Tschirhart has been involved in coaching the sport of curling for many years. I was first introduced to Bill in 1990 when he was coach of the University of Waterloo varsity curling teams, which was Bill’s first coaching position. Since then, Bill has held coaching positions provincially and nationally, coached at both national and […]

The technique of brushing

Posted by on November 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Curling is a team sport; every shot is a team shot. Each shot requires co-operation by all four players: the skip to call the line, the thrower to throw the stone at the broom, and the sweepers to place the stone at exactly the right point on the sheet. But brushing, while being critical to […]

How many rotations?

Posted by on October 25, 2010 at 8:28 am

Just how many times should a curling stone rotate as it moves down the ice? Ideally, during a delivery a stone travels – initially – down the line of delivery towards the target, with a rotation applied by the wrist just prior to the release. On a draw shot, when the stone reaches the other […]