Below are some guidelines to teaching the standing / walking stick delivery. While this document should provide guidance, adaptions will be required dependant on the player’s physical ability.
Many players just stand arbitrarily in front of the hack ready to deliver but there are actually rules. Just as with an orthodox delivery, players using a stick also deliver from the correct hack.
Right-handed players shall deliver from the hack on the left of the centre line,
By adjusting the length, ensure that the angle created allows the end of the stick to easily lie flat on the stone handle and curler is able to twist stick to create a handle on the stone. The end of the stick should be held at a comfortable height. Generally, the end of the stick should be held level with their hip while the other end touches the stone.
Standing behind the hack, the curler should place foot (right foot – if right handed, left foot if left handed) securely into the hack, with their other foot on the ice, parallel to the hack foot.
Usually an odd number of steps is advised (5, 7, 9 etc) so that at the end of the sequence, the foot forward is opposite to the delivery hand – similar to the slide delivery.
Now that you have got this far, here is a short video that consolidates the above tips with a couple of extra golden nuggets of information.
Learn to Curl with a Stick Delivery