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Hugh Dawnay's Tips

Major Hugh Dawnay is, indeed, the world authority on polo- the professor, the coach and, in many respects, an innovator who pioneered developments in polo that we now regard as obvious.” James Kennedy Waterford, 2003.
"Playmaker Polo is the best structured and most complete book ever written on how to play Polo and improve your game".
Hans Albrecht von Maltzahn, ex 4 goal player and now President of the German Polo Association.
This book contains 350 pages of dense and technical information.
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Aside from numerous complimentary calls, letters and emails received by the author, the book is rated 5 stars on amazon.com.
Hugh Evans , founder of polo contacts calls it "Brilliant and favourite book".

 

36) DISTANCE BETWEEN PLAYERS

 

What is the correct distance between players ? The answer depends on the standard of polo. A perfect team when anticipating a pass from their N°4, should adjust positions so that :

34) SPEED

The speed of the ponies has to be varied incessantly to achieve the above and maintain a correct position.

33) SEAT

 

Always sit on the front of the saddle and check regularly that you have not slipped backwards to be on the cantle. This is very important because :

32) DISTANCES

At every time, distances between you and others must be kept as constant as possible to allow you to stay in reach but not too close.


Probably the worst mistake in polo lies in this dimension, because players are too often either huddled together or too far apart. Hence control of the field is not retaind and possession is frequently lost.