The Between-The-Rocks Drill
The Between-The-Rocks Drill

Curling: Between-the-Rocks Glide Drill

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

Curling is unlike most throwing sports in that the curler's body literally follows the rock during the delivery. If the trajectory of this initial “glide” phase isn't straight, or if the curler loses balance, the shot cannot be accurate.

The Between-the-Rocks drill is a great way to practice a straight and balanced glide. Place two curling rocks a few feet apart at the release line and instruct your students to glide between the rocks. Practice several times without a rock. This will force them to maintain their balance and hold a long, straight glide.

Once they master their glide, have them repeat the drill while delivering a rock. 

1. Russ Howard, Ford “Hot Shots Curling Tips,” World Curling Championships, The Sports Network broadcast, April 9, 1995.
2. Bob Weeks, Curling for Dummies, 2nd Edition, For Dummies Publishers, 2006.

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