Professional polo players, usually perform 4 types of Strokes with the Polo Mallet during the game. Polo is known for being a sport of speed and endurance and and is called the sport of kings. The 4 types of Strokes that are practiced are:
- Forward Stroke: This is the most natural stroke performed by the polo player, with de Polo’s Mallet on the right side of the horse, and ideally the cue hits the ball when the horse’s right foot is on the ground.
- Reverse Stroke: This is the forward stroke but hit on the left side of the horse with the Polo’s Mallet. Unlike the forward stroke, the horse’s left leg is on the ground.
- Forehand Stroke: It is the blow given backwards with the Polo’s Mallet, on the right side, with the back of the cue.
- Backhand stroke: This is the opposite stroke to the forehand stroke, being the one given backwards, on the left side of the horse.
These 4 types of Strokes, together with a good saddle of the horse, are some of the factors that identify a professional polo player, and can make the difference between a sure win or a lost game. It is also important to have good equipment such as wrist straps, they can help keep your wrists protected. However, the best option is always to exercise your wrists and have the guidance of a professional instructor.