Technique

Technique

Swing and technique practice takes place on a static horse inside a cage where the instructor can explain the polo swing mechanism. 

The cage is equipped with a ball launching system that allows continuity in the swing. The insctructor guides the player and can observe from different angles the leg positioning, the shoulder rotation and the different movements that form the polo swing. All this allows the body and mind of the player to, without noticing it, memorize distances and times of arrival of the ball. 

We have 2 wooden horses. The first one is used to practise penalty shots and for beginners to practise the offside swing. The second wooden horse is on springs which creates a similar movement to that of a real horse. This is ideal to improve balance for new players and to improve swing technique and correct bad habits which bothers horse for more advanced players. This cage has a ball launching system which allows the instructor to work intensively on the near side swing. This wooden horse will help you find out that the nearside shot is purely technical and easier than it seems.

The swing can be separated into 3 movements:

  • Formation of the base
  • Rotation
  • Release of the mallet

For those who already play polo, it is fundamental to correct bad habits. 

…The idea is for the body to memorize the correct hitting. A swing that takes less from us and from our learning of how to rest on the polo saddle by means of the position of our ankles. This way we can avoid fatigue or back pain which is normal in those players that haven’t adopted the correct positioning… To a lot of players, it takes one chukka to warm up and get into rhythm, because of this I consider stick and ball on the wooden horse before every match as a tool that will make us “add” that chukka that is generally wasted…