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Curling Split Times

What is a split time in curling? How are they used during curling games? Get ready to learn about split times and their significance to the precision of a shot.

Split Times

Curlers can judge the speed at which they need to push out of the hack, and the time that they release the stone. One way to keep track of how quickly the stones are travelling is by their split time. A split time is the time it takes for the stone to travel from one point to another on the ice. Split times are useful to help determine the likely area in which the stone will end up after it is thrown. Two common split times are called:

  1. Hog Line to Hog Line Split (hog-to-hog split)
  2. Hack to Hog Line Split

As a point of reference, a draw to the button requires a hog-to-hog split time of about 14 to 15 seconds, and a hack to hog line split time of 3.5 seconds.

Curling Split Time

REMEMBER: The ice conditions for a given game may be slightly different, and may require slightly shorter or longer split times. These split times are just a suggestion, and may need to be modified slightly to adapt to the ice you are playing on.

Hog Line to Hog Line Split

A Hog Line to Hog Line Split refers to the time that it takes for a stone to travel between the two hog lines. This split time is useful for curlers, opponents, and spectators, because the time it takes for the stone to travel between the hog lines directly relates to where the stone will end up. This split time is generally recognized as the best way to determine where a stone will end up, and does not vary on a person-by-person basis.

Curling Hog To Hog Split

PRO TIP: If you have ever seen the United States Women's Team skipped by Nina Roth on television, it is common that you will hear them say nine five throughout the game. This is referring to a Hog Line to Hog Line split of 9.5 seconds, and is a typical takeout weight that they throw.

For a guard, it will take the stone about 16 to 17 seconds to travel between the hog lines. For a guard closer to the house, the split time will be closer to 16 seconds. For a guard closer to the hog line, the split time will be closer to 17 seconds.

For a draw to the button, it will take the stone about 14 to 15 seconds to travel between the hog lines. For a draw to the top half of the house, it will take between 14.5 and 15 seconds. For a draw to the back half of the house (which is uncommon), it will take 14 to 14.5 seconds.

For a takeout, it will take the stone about 11 seconds to travel between the hog lines. If you are throwing a takeout where you just need to tap the opponent's stone back gently, your split time may be closer to 12 or 13 seconds. If you are throwing a heavier takeout, your split time may be closer to 9 or 10 seconds.

IMPORTANT: Curling can be a game where inches and tenths of seconds matter. The quicker you can find your split times to reach the hog line to make different shots, the more accurate the weight of your stones will be. These split times are general suggestions for a time to reach the hog line, and may vary on a person-by-person basis.

Hack to Hog Line Split

The Hack to Hog Line Split refers to the time that it takes a curler to travel between the backline and hog line after pushing out of the hack and releasing the stone. This split time is useful for individual curlers because they can use a stopwatch, or count in their head the time it takes for them to reach the hog line. As an individual curler pushes out of the hack, they know about how hard they need to push in order to reach the hog line by a certain time.

Curling Hack To Hog Line Split

This split time isn't as useful for coaches and opponents that are determining where the rock will end up. Each curler may have slightly different split times based on how they deliver the stone. Thus, the Backline to Hog Line Split is best suited for individual curlers.

For a guard, it should take about four to four and a half seconds to travel to the hog line. This is because a guard is a light shot and needs to stop before it reaches the house.

For a draw to the top of the house, it should take about three and a half to four seconds to travel to the hog line. For a draw to the button, it should take about three and a half seconds to travel to the hog line. For a draw to the back half of the house (which are uncommon), it should take about three to three and a half seconds to reach the hog line. These shots require players to push out a little harder so that the stone can reach the house.

For a takeout, it should take less than three seconds to reach the hog line. The harder the stone must be released, the less time it should take to reach the hog line.

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