Keep looking around and behind you even when the ball is in front of you.
Keep your polo mallet vertically up and weightless, before each shot, unless it is a half shot.
Treat every shot as if it was the first shot, using the whole preparation.
Study how to make the ball follow you instead of chasing it all the time.
During play when a ball is hit past you, and beyond you, and the next shot ( forehand or backhand ) is clearly yours, without being involved in a ‘ride off’, immediately move laterally until you are directly behind
Hitting straight backhands, on both sides of the pony, are the worst mistakes made by beginners. During a polo game they are universally regarded as bad shots. In the majority of situations they give the ball to an opponent, and
A good player as to strike the ball makes a precise adjustment to deal with two dimensions. 1. To join the line of the ball as early as possible. 2. To place the pony to the ball accurately, in order to be able to hit through the
It is the basis of your polo tactics to look around continually. If it correctly applied, this gives continual « all round vision », which enables you to see everything that happens, the current line of the ball and all that is
Far too many polo players consistently turn late. Also, their subconscious rules and misleads them into thinking that the ball will not reach them, until they see it actually arrive. There are four different times to turn but
The line of the ball is very simple, in that is the expect path of the ball, but deflections cause complications because then the right of way changes rapidly. The better players also muddle opponents (and sometimes umpires) by