How To Hold A Curling Broom

The holding the broom in curling is how a player holds their broom while they sweep. If a player is standing on the left side of the stone, their right hand will be towards the broom head and their left hand will be higher on the shaft. If a player is standing on the right side of the stone, their left hand will be towards the broom head and their right hand will be higher on the shaft.

Holding the Broom

Depending on which side of the stone you are on, you will hold the broom differently. When sweeping the stone, the sweepers always face forward with the broom in front of them. For the purpose of this section, imagine that you are facing forward and the stone is next to you. There are two possible sides that you could be standing on:

  1. The left side of the stone
  2. The right side of the stone

Holding the Broom on the Left Side

If you are standing on the left side of the stone, your right hand will be closer to the stone and your left hand will be farther from the stone. Grip the shaft about one-third of the way from the broomhead with your right hand. Grip the shaft about one-third of the way from the top of the broom with your left hand.

Holding the Broom on the Right Side

If you are standing on the right side of the stone, your left hand will be closer to the stone and your right hand will be farther from the stone. Grip the shaft about one-third of the way from the broomhead with your left hand. Grip the shaft about one-third of the way from the top of the broom with your right hand.

Variations in Holding the Broom

As you begin to sweep curling stones, you may feel more comfortable sweeping the stone with your hands located on different parts of the shaft. As long as you keep both of your hands at least one-half of the shaft length (about 2 feet) away from each other, you will be able to sweep the stone effectively.


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