Saving energy is basic in women and children’s polo.
Ignacio says, “I usually see how exhausting it is using the mallet. I have had lessons with 8-year-old children who could not lift the mallet, and I would have to find a method for them to play and compete. When I say they could not do it, it is because I had to help them lift the mallet.”
For this reason, we did the following training which I strongly recommend for women. Do this exercise when you stick the ball, when training, and in competitions.
Always leave the mallet up. Once you have struck the ball or used the mallet, with the same movement, continue raising the mallet so it stays up or rests on your shoulder, if you feel more comfortable.
It can never stay down, because of the following:
– You would use all your strength in lifting the mallet and have no energy left to hit the ball.
– You may not hit it hard enough so you would have to hit it again; many times it is a bad shot.
– If you do not swing forward, it will be a wrong shot.
– You may not be able to pass the ball.
– You waste time and the opposite team could score.
As you see, a short hit is extremely negative for the game. So we insist on a mallet up!
We see many shots where a bounced ball appears unexpectedly because it was wrongly shot by a player. If your mallet is up, you are always ready to hit it.
Once you achieve this, you need to practice that when the ball appears, you point to it and arch forward to the right so you can hit it again and take priority over the linear direction.
Girls, be careful with the throw in, as you have to leave the mallet down. Do not spin it. This will avoid mishaps.
If you manage to leave the mallet up, not only will you improve your game, but also save energy.