The parallel orientation is preferred over the perpendicular orientation as it is found that the Brush warms the ice to a slightly higher temperature. Also, the stroke width is much harder to control in perpendicular orientation. Therefore, the parallel orientation offers greater consistency and much better control.
Steps to follow while sweeping with the Curling Broom:
Step 1: Place your one hand about six inches up from the Brush Head.
Step 2: Place the other hand to about one-third of the 'Shaft,' measuring from the 'Head' of the broom as shown in the picture below.
Step 3: Now that you are ready to sweep, you must ensure that your head parallels the brush head and your back is flat while staying on your toes.
Step 4: Finally, you need to move your brush head back and forth as fast as possible and keep the Broom close to your body to control the movement. This kind of action engages your core muscle and your arm muscles. And there you go, Sweep, Sweep & Sweep!