Curling for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0470838280

ISBN-13: 9780470838280

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Bob Weeks

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Packed with easy-to-follow illustrations explaining curling strategy. From hogs and hacks to brooms and bonspiels - your ultimate guide to curling! This updated guide has curling covered, from game fundamentals to complex strategy. Whether you2re a rookie or seasoned player, fan or coach, this is the curling book for you. Armed with the many tips and pointers in this fun, friendly book, you2ll have no excuse not to head down to your local club and get curling! Discover how to: Get the most out of the game - as a fan or as a player. Improve your delivery, shots, and sweeping. Form a winning team. Enter and play in curling events. Enjoy the unique spirit of the game. Get smart! Find listings of all our books Choose from many different subject categories. Sign up for eTips at
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List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/8/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

Russ Howard has established himself as one of the most-celebrated curlers in the world in more than 30 years of curling, winning two Canadian championships and two World championships along the way, and setting records as a skip in the Brier - the annual national men's championship -- for appearances, games played and wins. He contributed to building the game with an idea that put more offence into it and also fought for players' right to wear sponsorship cresting in national competitions. Beyond all that, he became an Olympian--and turned 50--at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, where Howard won Olympic gold as skip of Brad Gushue's rink, the first-ever Olympic gold medal for Canada in men's curling. Russ Howard is an Ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the Canadian Liver Association.Bob Weeks is the editor and co-publisher of the "Ontario Curling Report," now in its thirty-first year of publishing. For 18 years, he has written a weekly column on curling in "The Globe and Mail," while providing coverage of curling's major events for Canada's national newspaper. He has written on curling for publications across Canada and is a regular commentator on both radio and television. He is a two-time winner of the Scotty Harper Award for the top curling story in Canada, and in 1995 he wrote "The Brier: The History of Canada's Most Celebrated Curling Championship," the first comprehensive history of that great event. He is also the author of "Curling for Dummies," When not writing about curling, Bob is the editor of "SCOREGolf Magazine,""" Canada's leading golf publication. He is also heard talking about golf on a nationally syndicated radio program and appears frequently on TSN.

About This Book
Why You Need This Book
How to Use This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Getting Started
Curling Fundamentals
Hurry Hard! Playing the Game
Getting Better
Behind the Glass
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Getting Started
What Is Curling?
What's This Game of Rocks and Brooms About?
Throwing rocks
Curling rocks
Shooting and scoring
Sweeping - more than just cleaning up around the house
A thinking person's game
Why Curl?
You can play at any age
You can play with your wife - or girlfriend, or husband, or boyfriend, or...
You can learn how to play in one day (really, you can)
You can play without taking out a second mortgage
You don't have to be in rip-roaring shape
You can play in a wheelchair
A Game for Everyone
A Community's Heart and Soul
Kilts and Cannonballs: Where Curling Comes From
Origins of the Game
Continental Europe
Scotland the brave
Canada Rocks
Prairie roots
The iron crowd in Quebec
Around the Globe
Oh say, can you curl
Europe and the rest of the world
Curling Fundamentals
The Equipment
Shoes and Sliders
Types of sliders
The speed of your slider
Caring for your slider
The best shoes for the game
Push brooms
Types of push brooms
The Ice
This Isn't Hockey Ice, You Know
Pebbling the Ice
Maintaining the Ice
Cleaning the ice
Breaking in the ice
Scraping the ice
What players can do
Rock and Roll
Crafting a Rock
Ailsa Craig: Another Scottish connection
How rocks are made
Sizing Up Your Stone
The striking band
The running surface
How a Rock Curls
As Unique as a Snowflake (Just Heavier)
How Rocks Get Fixed
Fixing the striking band
Fixing the running surface
The Rink
The Team as a Whole
The Lead
Throwing stones
The Second
Throwing stones
The Front End: Working Together
The Third
Throwing stones
Holding the broom
Keeping score
Tossing the coin
The Skip
Throwing stones
Understanding strategy
Reading the ice
Forming the Team
Putting It All Together
Hogs and Hacks: Understanding the Playing Field
The Game
The Sheet
The House
The Lines
The Hacks
The Rules
The Basic Rules
Common Infractions
Touched stone
Moved stationary stone
Rules Regarding Sweeping
When and where you sweep
How you sweep
Measuring Stones
The Free Guard Zone
Sizing Up the Scoreboard
The score after the first end
The score after the second end
The score after all eight ends
Hurry Hard! Playing the Game
The Delivery
Setting Up
Feet first: Stepping into the hack
Keep your balance: Using your broom
Hold onto your stones
Delivering the Rock
Pressing ahead
The backswing
The forward swing
The slide
Sliding at the broom
The release
The Shots
What Makes a Good Shot
Watching your weight
Staying in line
Waiting for the signal
The Draw
Throwing it
Getting good at it
Here a draw, there a draw
The Takeout
Throwing it
Getting good at it
The Guard
The Freeze
The Split
The Run-back
The Raise
How to Sweep
Slip-sliding away
Holding the broom
Brushing the stone
Putting it all together
Where to Sweep
Stay in line!
You're not sweeping alone, you know
Why You Sweep
Special sweeping circumstances
Don't forget your stopwatch
Stepping onto the Ice
Before First Rock Is Thrown
Warming Up
Upper body
Heading Out to the Sheet
Which sheet?
Practice slides
Shaking Hands
The Coin Toss
Choosing your rocks
Setting up courtesy stones
Let the Game Begin
That's quite a pace!
The end of the end
The beginning of the next end
Accidents Will Happen
Throwing the wrong color
Playing out of order
Arriving late
Having an injured teammate
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Before You Call It a Day
Getting a Game
Signing Up
Drawing Conclusions - Make Sure You Know When You're Playing
Types of Games
Club games
Competitive games
Bonspiels and other fun stuff
Getting Better
Curling Strategy in Theory
Last Rock
With last rock
Without last rock
Curling Strategy in Practice
Game Situations
When you're behind
When you're ahead
Not scoring
Strategic Thinking
Get inside your opposition's head
Play to your strengths
Why You Need to Practice
Your Basic Routine
Training Alone
Practicing your slide
Practicing shots
Finishing up
Training with Your Team
Work in pairs
Work as a team
Finishing up
Adding an Element of Fun
The Howard Game
The Short Game
Speed Play
Dryland Training
At the gym
Your weekly workout
Eating right
Behind the Glass
Kids and Curling
Little Rocks
Teaching and Coaching Juniors
Giving Lessons to Beginners
How long?
Fun takes planning
Fun, fun, fundamentals
Good teacher, bad teacher
Send Me In, Coach
Singing from the same song book
Head games
At practice
During the game
Knowing the rules
A Few Final Words of Advice
The curling mom or dad
Coaching your own
Legal challenges
Be careful out there
More than a coach
The Role of the Coach
Getting a Team
The Head Coach
Putting everybody on the same page
Setting up the season
Game Preparation
Before the game
Off the ice
On the ice
During the game
Mental Preparation
I don't need a shrink
Mind games that work
Chewing on Rocks
The Numbers Don't Lie
Fun and Furor: Being a Fan
Watching a Game at Your Club
Know why you're there
Know when to be there
Know what you're watching for
Organizers: Make it a big draw
Watching a Game on Television
Know what you're watching for
Games worth watching
Know who's in the booth
Watching a Championship Game
Who needs a pair?
Rah, rah, sis boom bah
Wet your whistle
That volunteer spirit
A World of Championships
The Brier
What is it?
Where is it held?
Who runs it?
The format
The spoils
The road to the Brier
More than a curling event
The Tournament of Hearts
The spoils
The event
A big television draw
The same, but different
The Canadian Junior Championships
The format
Boys will be boys
A girls' thing
The World Curling Championships
The format
The history
The world on television
The World Junior Championships
The format
The history
You're holding it where?
The Olympics
The format
The history
The champions
The Part of Tens
Ten Top-Notch Curling Skips
Randy Ferbey
Elisabet Gustafson
Russ Howard
Colleen Jones
Debbie McCormick
Hammy McMillan
Ernie Richardson
Sandra Schmirler
Bud Somerville
Pal Trulsen
Ten Memorable Curling Shots
Al Hackner's Double Takeout
Mark Nichol's Double Raise Takeout
Guy Hemmings' Draw to the Button
Jennifer Jones's Hit and Roll
Eugene Hritzuk's Last-Shot Hog
Hammy McMillan's Round-the-House Triple
Debbie McCormick's Double Takeout
Sandra Schmirler's Hit and Roll
Billy Walsh's Extra-End Winner
Ed Werenich's Triple Takeout
Ten Tremendous Curling Games
Ten Terrific Curling Information Sources
The Curling News
In the
The Ontario Curling Report
The Rulebook
TSN (The Sports Network)
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