Your Guide to Polo Lingo for this year’s Polo in the Park

If you’re heading to watch this year’s Polo in the Park yet the thought of polo conversation leaves you nervously running to the bar, fear not. Here’s your must-have guide to polo lingo. So you can casually drop the odd ‘chukka’ and ‘hooter’ into conversation like you’re just another pro.

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Chukka – This refers to a period of play. There are normally four chukkas per match, each lasting seven and a half minutes, bar the last one which is seven minutes. Throw this in here and there and say ‘Aw wow, that was an ace chukka’ and you’ll have your mates thinking you’re the king or queen of polo lingo.

Hooter – Not a seedy bar or a rude reference, a hooter refers to a bell which is rung at the end of each chukka.

Divots – the turf that is kicked up by the ponies during a game.

Hooking – When a polo player uses their mallet to prevent an opponent from getting the ball.

Knock-in – When a team gets a free hit, because the opponent has it the ball over the backbone during an attack. (bit like footie)

Millionaire’s shot – A shot that takes balls basically (figuratively), for example, hitting the ball under the horse’s belly or close to its legs.

Riding off – When a player is physically forced off course by their opponent. After all, this is a contact sport.

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You’re welcome.

Until next time x

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