Curling Brooms: The Basics

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Dr. Goldline. There have been 2 comments.

In a curling game, players (other than the skip) throw only two rocks but sweep six others. The importance of sweeping cannot be underestimated! Good sweepers can make the difference between an average shot and an amazing shot. Given the importance of sweeping, it should come as no surprise that curling brooms (or curling brushes) are the second most important piece of curling equipment, ranking only behind curling shoes.

Curling BroomsIf you are like many curlers, you probably started off using a club broom that was available at your curling club when you took up the sport. But as you continue to play the game, you may be wondering whether it is time to invest in a broom of your own.

In choosing a broom, there are three key things you need to consider:

  1. Material comprising the shaft/handle
  2. Diameter of the broom shaft
  3. Type of head

Material Choices for Curling Brooms

The broom handle, or shaft, is typically comprised of some combination of wood, fiberglass, and/or carbon fiber. And with such a wide variety of materials used, it leads to a broad range in the weight of brooms. Weight is key: the lighter the broom, the easier it is to apply pressure when brushing and the more effective a sweeper you will be.

Generally speaking, the greater the proportion of carbon fiber, the lighter the broom. At Goldline, we have two choices in handles. Our Carbon Fiber broom handles weigh between 170 and 200 grams (depending on the diameter of the shaft) whereas on our Fiberlite brooms (which are basically comprised of 65% fiberglass and 35% carbon fiber), the handles weigh between 270 and 300 grams.

If you’re just starting out, you don’t need to invest in a carbon fiber broom: a Fiberlite broom will already be much lighter than the club broom you’ve used previously. At some point, though, the logical choice may be to take the extra step and invest in a 100% carbon fiber broom.

Handle Diameter of Curling Brooms

Typically, broom handles come in different sizes to accommodate varying hand sizes. At Goldline, we offer 1” and 1-1/8” handles on our brooms. Which size handle you prefer is entirely a matter of personal taste; there is no requirement that women use a broom with a thinner handle while men use brooms with a thicker handle. When shopping, make sure to hold brooms with differing sizes of handles in your hands and determine which feels most comfortable.

Horse Hair Curling Broom Head Horse Hair Curling Broom Head

Synthetic Curling Broom Head Synthetic Curling Broom Head

The vast majority of brooms come with a swivel head and a replaceable synthetic pad. This type of broom will be very effective on curling club ice. While the brush itself can last many years, the pads are replaceable and should be replaced at least once per season.

In addition to the synthetic head Goldline has reintroduced a horse hair head this year, which is generally felt to be more effective on frosty ice, found in arenas and at televised events (where crowds and cameras combine to increase the frost on the playing surface).

Once the choice of material, diameter of shaft, and type of head are made, the toughest decision remains: colour. At Goldline, we have a wide variety of colours available in both our Carbon Fiber and Fiberlite brooms. New colours this year include Metallic White in our Carbon Fiber line, and Steel and Ebony in our Fiberlite line. And if your current broom is still in excellent condition, evaluate if your synthetic pad needs to be replaced, or perhaps it’s time to try a Norway pad!

Buying your own broom: it’s a small investment which will make a world of difference in your game.

This post was posted in Curling Brushes and Replacement Pads, Curling Equipment

2 Responses to Curling Brooms: The Basics

  • Good Evening,

    I am wondering if you could recommend a decent intro curling broom. My previous curling experience has included a guys weekend every year to the Bemidji Curling Club (Bemidji, MN) for the past several years. I am going to increase my playing time as the St Louis Curling Club (St Louis, MO) has found a new home and is going to offer curling lessons until the end of April (Saturdays).

    I am looking for a good broom that I can use right away and will last for several years. In the past I have only used synthetic heads. i assume a fiberglass shaft will work?

    Thanks you for any assistance,

    Posted on February 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  • Andrew says:

    Hi Jesse,

    That`s great that you`ll be playing more!

    I would recommend our Fiberlite brush - it`s the most popular brush out there for a reason! It`s lightweight and features great color designs. It`s much lighter than fibre glass and has a rotating brush head and synthetic brush pad.

    Hope this helps!

    Goldline Customer Care Team

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:31 am