Curling is usually seen as an affordable sport and for the most part, it is. Nevertheless, it’s straightforward to get caught up thinking you need everything to be top of the road in order to benefit from the sport. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
While it’s pretty to have a carbon fibre shaft curling broom, (I wouldn’t trade mine for anything but I teach curling shoes for a living and spend the majority on the winter on the ice) at $200 bucks a pop it looks like an excessive expense in the event you’re just starting out. Fear not! There are tonnes of reasonable options out there that may work just wonderful for somebody who’s curling a couple of times a week.
When it comes to brooms your options are synthetic or hair. It’s all about personal preference. I like hair myself however synthetic (the heads covered with fabric) are additionally very talked-about and just as good. Many pro shops will allow you to attempt them out on the ice or generally they have a chunk of artificial ice you may actually demo on in the store. Take the time to try a couple of out if you happen to can to get a better sense of what feels finest to you. Consider you want something you discover simple to move and something you’re feeling consolationable putting a variety of pressure on.
Usually brooms shouldn’t be purchased second hand unless you propose to just buy the shaft used (this function is barely available on newer brooms, if you do go this route double check the head is detachable with screws) and exchange the head with a brand new one. The reason for this is broom heads typically need to be changed each 1 -2 years, more usually if you curl more than a couple times a week. In case you’re buying a used broom there’s no approach of understanding how lengthy it’s been sitting around, if it’s been used to scrub the snow off somebody’s windshield, or if it’s simply been worn out.
As for sneakers, for your first season you may want to opt for a slip-on slider. They’re cheap they usually work great. They do get somewhat tiresome after a while as they tend to move around a bit in your foot, it’s a must to keep in mind to take it with you to the tip you’re throwing from, and infrequently it’s important to sit right down to take them on and off.
For those who do need to buy sneakers needless to say prime of the line isn’t at all times finest for beginners nor is it economical. The more costly footwear often have very quick sliders on them (the thicker the slider the sooner it goes and the more costly it is). Ask within the professional shop for a newbie shoe. There’ll typically be a number of totally different types (they’re even beginning to are available colours other than black now!). Sometimes you possibly can demo them. If you’re going from a slip-on to a shoe with a fixed slider be aware you’ll possible discover it to be somewhat slick at first however you’ll get used to it quickly.
One thing you by no means need to skimp on is a gripper. Unfortunately, they wear out rapidly (I am going by several a season). For somebody curling as soon as per week they need to be replaced at the least once a year. Keep an eye on the rubber to make sure it isn’t flaking off as often instances when rocks are constantly picking it can be blamed on both dirty brooms or flaking grippers.
Have fun shopping and have enjoyable on the ice! Watch subsequent week for more beginner tips.