Mastering the Neck Shot
Do you find your neck shots never go where you aim? Are they not angled enough? Ball hitting your horse’s feet?
Don’t worry we’ve all been there.
In my decades of coaching I’ve found that even confident riders struggle at first to get far enough forward to achieve a successful neck shot.
First attempts at neck shots usually result in cut shots, instead of the mallet following through on the opposite side of the horse it stays on the off side and the resulting shot fails to achieve the desired 90 degree angle.
Once players start try neck shots under the horses neck they are often frustrated by sending balls directly at their horse’s feet and bouncing off towards the opposing team.
The key? Get out of your comfort zone.
Shift forward and out of the saddle. The mallet should follow through under the throat latch of the horse. From there you’ll have plenty of room to sink the ball in goal.
Get out there and try it!
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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.