rock placement

Last Rock Disadvantage

No, it’s not a misprint. You read it correctly. The title of this post is indeed, “Last Rock Disadvantage”. When the four rock rule was adopted by the curling world, it really was uncharted territory. Sure, in Canada we had a three rock rule but the four rock version dramatically changed the game from both  participants’ and well as spectators’ perspectives! Spectators loved it and still do although, and this may be tantamount to heresy, when the truly elite teams play one another, you can

What Do I Do With My Lead Stones?

It’s the last end and you have control of the game, in fact “definite control” but it’s never over ’til it’s over and you don’t have last rock. What are your possible opening moves with your lead’s two shots? This is another “table top and salt shaker” dilemma. Do I ask my lead to throw his/her stones through the house or do I strategically place one or both somewhere in the house? Let’s examine both theories starting with throwing them

There’s More Than One Way To Steal

This was not a planned post but rather one that had its impetus from the 7th end of the game at the Scotties tonight (02/18/13) in Kingston between BC (Scott) and ON (Homan). At the time BC was up one (6-5). The end was down to skips’ rocks and Ontario skip Homan’s 1st she executed an extremely precise run-back by just missing a guard to hit the target rock exactly on the right spot to send it onto the BC stone

Now What Do I Do?

On occasion the curling gods will smile upon thee and provide a situation about which skips dream. You have last rock advantage and you have stones counting on either side of the house and your team is shooting. Now what do I do? The dilemma is caused by the precept that with last stone advantage you did what you were urged to do by people like yours truly and got play to the sides of the sheet but now putting another

Turning Two Into Three

I had several club curlers contact me regarding my recent post entitled, “It’s How You Finish” (02/12/13). Many wanted to know if I had more advice re. strategy & tactics about which curlers in their competitive environment might not be aware. This is another one of those. You have last stone advantage and through an early-in-the-end missed shot by your opponent, you find yourself with a stone, at the side of the sheet (let’s say nicely biting the inside of the