20) DISPARITY OF SKILLS

Published on: December 1, 2014

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The significance of the handicap factor in polo, is that the less skilful need courage to go into the field with brilliant players. Hence they desperately require help from a playmaker, while selfish play by others will totally prevent them from participating in a constructive manner.
Tactics should therefore be planned to allow all players to participate within their abilities. For example, when low handicap (novice) players are given opportunities to playmake, it would often be desirable to limit them to only one hit during that play. Winston Churchill, who won the 1899 inter-regimental tournament in India, with the 4th Hussars, said that loyal polo teamwork renders a true combination, so vastly superior to the individuals of which it is composed.

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