Do you find that during the action of a chukker you miss more balls than you do in practice? Watch this week's tip and find out the key to making contact with the ball everytime, no matter if it's stick and ball, practice or a tournament!
We all tend to get distracted by the action of the chukker and take our eyes of the ball. Be that to look for our teammates, check if an opponent is coming to make a play or to see where the ball we hit is going. But the key to being a successful player on the field is to first make consistent contact with the ball. In order to do that, you must keep your eye on the ball until you see the mallet make contact. Then and only then do you look up to see what play to make next.
Good luck out there!
Coach David Eldredge CPI
One of the biggest problems I see on the field is players taking improper strokes. Their first issue is that they keep their head forward and in result swing the mallet over their head and bend their arm. This results in a loss of power and accuracy. The first step to solving this problem is to swing the mallet under your chin, keeping your head out over the ball, swinging the mallet from your right ear to your left. This will greatly increase the distance your balls travel, the power you can use on you strokes and the accuracy of your aim.
Next time you go out for stick and ball give this a try! If you want to take the next step, send me a video of your stroke and I can give you personalized tips.
Coach Eldredge CPI
Our Coach David Eldredge has over five decades of polo experience and National titles to prove his coaching will bring you success. He is also an honary certified polo instructor for assisting the USPA in developing the instructor program and is a USPA certified Umpire. After retiring from collegiate coaching with close to 1000 wins, Coach Eldredge helped to found Team Resolute to keep the sport of polo alive and bring young adults back on the polo field. He currently still plays professionally in the East Coast Circuit - Florida in the winter and the Northeast in the Summer.