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Packed with easy-to-follow illustrations explaining curling strategy.

From hogs and hacks to brooms and bonspiels - your ultimate guide to curling!

This updated guide has curling covered, from game fundamentals to complex strategy. Whether you're a rookie or seasoned player, fan or coach, this is the curling book for you. Armed with the many tips and pointers in this fun, friendly book, you'll have no excuse not to head down to your local club and get curling!

Discover how to:

  • Get the most out of the game - as a fan or as a player
  • Improve your delivery, shots, and sweeping
  • Form a winning team
  • Enter and play in curling events
  • Enjoy the unique spirit of the game

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About the Author

Bob Weeks is the editor and co-publisher of the Ontario Curling Report, which is now in its thirty-first year of publishing. And for 16 years, he has written a weekly column on curling in The Globe and Mail, while providing coverage of curling's major events for Canada's national newspaper. He has written on curling for publications across Canada and is a regular commentator on both radio and television.
He is a two-time winner of the Scotty Harper Award for the top curling story in Canada, and in 1995 he wrote The Brier: The History of Canada's Most Celebrated Curling Championship, the first comprehensive history of that great event.
When not writing about curling, Bob is the editor of SCORE Golf Magazine, Canada's leading golf publication. He is also heard talking about golf on a nationally syndicated radio program and appears frequently on TSN.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (September 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387335382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819428455
  • ASIN: 0470838280
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 2nearsighted on September 5, 2003
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I'm one of the few people I know who has the entire "For Dummies" library, ranging from auto repair to gastro-intestinal surgery. CURLING FOR DUMMIES is a welcome addition to the set, especially since the popularity of the sport has skyrocketed in recent years due to winter olympic coverage. Whether you intend to start your own local curling team, or whether you're simply interested in following the Canadian league with satellite television or some kind of short wave radio--CURLING FOR DUMMIES will acquaint you with all of the rules and nuances of the games, from techniques and ice conditions, to a lucid explanation of what all that yelling is about and what that one person is doing with the broom. Thank you Bob Weeks, for opening the door to a beautiful ballet, crossed with a chess match, and taking place on ice, mostly with Canadians.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 26, 2006
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The book is great as a stand alone, or as a backup for those of us who have embarked on our curling careers already, and need a little extra help remembering all the phrases, shots, rules, etc.

It also gives some background and history on alot of the aspects of curling, which help you better understand the sport as a whole. Anyone who thinks curling is easy needs to sit down and read the book and sign up for a class. There's nothing 'easy' or 'dumb' about it, but you will meet alot of very interesting people and gain a new respect for the people who have been doing this their entire lives.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2003
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A great book for beginners. Covers all the basics very well. Not only does it discuss how-to and strategy but also talks about watching games on TV and attending bonspiels. It is also a very smooth read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RonAnnArbor on March 9, 2009
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The best (and really, for all intents and purposes the ONLY) guide to Curling for us non-Canadians....

I used it while taking a Curling class here locally....it was great fun, it had all the information I would ever need, and it helped me keep up with the lingo and rules without looking like a total homer....
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Back in February of 2010 my wife and I were watching curling in the Olympics and my wife, not familiar with the sport (I knew a little about it, enough to be dangerous), became fascinated. We went home from dinner and continued watching the games. While watching, I surfed around and learned that we had a local curling club and they did Learn to Curl's. We did that in March and have sense participated in a Beginner's League. Wanting to learn a little more, and not being afraid to admit I'm a dummy I picked up Curling for Dummies.

Curling for Dummies presents curling at the beginners level but seems to give much more (while I'm just getting started, I've seen a few things I know I should cover again after I have more experience). The book is divided into six sections that go from introducing the sport to the fundamentals to playing the game and getting better. Subjects are presented in a nice simple format with subsections covering details very nicely.

Rating wise I'm calling this a 4 star book. I was generally impressed with its presentation of curling. There's good details to expand a beginners understanding but its no substitute for learning from a certified curling instructor (if you're interested in curling I highly recommend attending a Learn to Curl from a local curling club). I do believe this book is helpful to beginners and intermediates to understand more about curling so they can talk with the more experienced curls in their club and possibly improve their game.
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By DTroppens on January 14, 2014
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I've been a curling fan since I was a kid, and a year ago I finally found the drive to join a league at a curling club located just a tad bit less than 90 minutes from my home. I enjoyed it and am now addicted.
This season my wife joined one of my leagues, and I purchased this book to help her adjustment to the sport. And while it was purchased for her, I found myself reading it as well. Much of what was in there, I already knew (I'm already to a point of preparing the ice for league play), but it never hurts to read what you think you know as confirmation. And, upon occasion, the book added some "that makes sense" thoughts through my head.

If you want to learn the basics and read it in a simplified yet fun way, this book is idea. And even if you've played for a few years and "think you know it anyway" it probably wouldn't hurt to read the book.
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This book was a surprise. I bought it because I was looking for some books on curling and it was used, but a very reduced price. I have read other Dummies books and some were good and some were not that good. Curling For Dummies I found to be a good foundation book with really pretty decent content. Although I was not a curling greenhorn when I bought it, I found it to have a good breadth of solid information. I would recommend it as a curling primer. Good curling!
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By A. Herrmann on December 19, 2010
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A fun, easy to read book that covers the sport of curling from A to Z. No stone is left unturned (no pun intended!). From the history of the sport to it's debut in the Olympics, this book covers it all. Rules and strategy are covered, as well as customs and courtesies that are common among the sport. This book is an absolute must for all beginner curlers and anyone who wants to know more about the game without being overwhelmed.
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