Wednesday, September 11, 2013

3 Must Have’s When Going to a Polo Match

Polo is a high speed team sport involving players on horseback striking a ball toward the opposing team's goal. Although the sport's exact origin is unknown, polo has enjoyed a successful history with the first recorded tournament held in 600 BC. Fortunately, for people that want to experience what a polo match is like today, here are 3 must haves when attending:

1. Hat

If you are attending a polo match on a bright and sunny day, having a hat handy will help protect your scalp, eyes, and face. Fortunately, there are plenty of styles and colors available to help you find the perfect hat to fit your preference. However, it may be beneficial to avoid oversized hats that can potentially block other people's view of the playing field.

Since polo matches are held outside, it is important that you dress for any type of weather to ensure that you are comfortable and healthy. The styles you see will vary since some people attend matches in jeans while others focus on high fashion. However, if you are attending a tournament or charity event, you should dress up appropriately.

2. Bag

For polo players, choosing the right bag is a must for carrying their gear around in comfort. In fact, just some of the types of bags available include:

  • Polo mallet bags

  • Polo boots bags

  • Polo helmet bags

  • Polo team bags

  • Polo carry-all bags

Fortunately, you don't need to be a polo player to enjoy polo gear bag. For example, a La Martina bag is a popular accessory for spectators because of its functional design. Whether you want to use it as an oversized purse to a polo match or a gear bag for another sport, polo gear bags are handy.

It should be noted that most polo clubs open the matches for public viewing on weekends. All you need to do to enjoy a match is bring a lawn chair and pack your gear bag with a blanket. To ensure that you are even more comfortable, be sure to pack refreshments and snacks. Yet, always dispose of your trash properly to be respectful toward the environment and people around you.

 3. Binoculars

Since polo matches are fast and played on large fields, it can be difficult to keep up with the action. Whenever possible, you should focus your efforts on watching the ball and players clustered around it. Unfortunately, if you are seated on the opposite end of the field away from the action, it can be difficult to see what's going on.

To keep up with the action at a polo match, you should bring along a pair of binoculars. Although you can buy binoculars for around $15 or so, they may not be of the best quality. Higher quality binoculars typically fall anywhere between $30 to $2,500.

Going to a polo match can be a great way to spend the day out. With these 3 must haves, you can make the most of the experience and develop a passion for the sport with less stress.

Adam Jenson is a polo player. He frequently writes about how to be properly equipped for a polo match on sport blogs.

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