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You Don't Have To Be Royalty To Play Polo

28/11/2016 12:56 PM IST | Updated 29/11/2016 7:48 PM IST
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Among sports that epitomize luxury and royalty, polo is one that stands out. It is often viewed as a province of the crème de la crème—royalty, adventurous business tycoons and the like. This impression is heightened by the use of polo players in advertisements for high-end products such as perfumes, luxury cars, watches and so on. However, have you ever envisioned yourself playing the sport, galloping across the polo field, mallet in hand? Why not?

The sport is known to aficionados as being addictive. They tell you how it binds players in a spell that makes them delay anything, including work, if it comes in the way. Tournaments are spread across polo seasons at beautiful venues across the world. Sadly, the size or popularity of the sport is far smaller than games like cricket or tennis probably because it's more expensive and high maintenance. On the flipside, this fact makes the sport far less competitive and creates an elite community of players and spectators that is unique in structure. In your first year of polo, you'll probably party with the Indian national team and top stars from at least a couple of countries! Most players will know you by name. You will be hosted at palace hotels, you will rub shoulders with visiting royal dignitaries and army generals. You will sip champagne with film stars, and they'll swoon over you just because you're a polo player! This is your first year of amateur polo. Imagine what happens when you turn pro.

Polo is a sport that is pretty easy to learn and learning facilities are quite accessible in most Indian metros. It's also excellent as an alternate fitness regime.

Polo does cost a bomb, though—far more than the average person's gym bills and clubbing expenses. Having said that, if you can afford it, it's money well spent. There so much it gives back. Besides the style and charm that work obvious wonders for your personality, polo is a sport that is pretty easy to learn and learning facilities are quite accessible in most Indian metros. It's also excellent as an alternate fitness regime. Polo probably originated hundreds of years ago as a peace-time training workout for cavalry riders. Apart from the adrenaline rush that you can never get at a gym, polo has phenomenal physical and mental health benefits; it's a sport that could be simply explained as hockey on horseback. It's great for keeping your brain exercised and alert too. Apart from this, being around horses is known to have a therapeutic effect on your mind. Polo and horses, to me, are probably the best stress-busters out there. Learning to control and care for an animal that is much larger than yourself has a profound effect on your confidence and mental well-being. It helps you grow mentally while having a stimulating effect on your mind. Polo will have you looking fitter and happier in no time.

So start playing. Every polo player that you meet is sure to tell you how polo changed his or her life for the better!

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