It's been a season unlike any other in curling.
When the issue of new, more aggressive materials on broom heads first came to the fore last autumn, it ushered in a year of measures and counter-measures peppered with finger-pointing, accusations of cheating and of frustration. As well as charges of "corporate bullying." When a moratorium on one abrasive synthetic fabric was brought in, good old-fashioned hair brushes then became a target of new regulation. Now, a third wave of consternation. Because with virtually all teams using what's called "Top Gun" material on their broom heads (it's said to be less abrasive than the material banned earlier this season yet still of an aggressive nature), the World Curling Federation is poised to take some off-season action on regulating the game and the equipment used to play it more rigidly.
With next month's "Broom Summit" looming, and many of the best players on the planet in Toronto to take part in The Players' Championship, it seemed a goodRead More »from What to do about the broom? Top skips weigh in on curling's possible sweeping solutions