The handicapping system of polo, in effect a ranking list, is based on a natural estimate of the number of goals a player is worth to his team. His handicap has nothing to do with his expected scoring in a game. It is based on horsemanship, team play, knowledge of the game, hitting ability, game sense and quality of horses. For instance, a handicap of 10-goals, which is the highest ever given, implies a player of the greatest talents and in constant practice. The lowest handicap possible is -2, and is usually carried by the beginning player. Handicap is evaluated by the Polo Association based in the country where the player is registered.
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