Best Things First: Well Played

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2003

In at least one respect, polo is not unlike basketball. In the sport of kings, a key to success is the ability to move without the ball, or so says Maj. Hugh Dawnay (+353.51.384216), the world’s premier polo instructor. “What most people do is react to the ball, but that puts you in the wrong place,” Dawnay explains. While one player possesses the ball, his three teammates should be in motion, trying to improve their positions on the field. “That way all four of you are doing something constructive,” says the 70-year-old Waterford, Ireland, native, who has been coaching polo since the late 1960s.

In 1976, five years after retiring from the British military, where he began playing polo, Dawnay founded the world’s first residential polo academy at Whitfield Court, his family’s estate in Ireland. Later, he authored Polo Vision, one of the most successful and influential books ever published on the sport.

Dawnay’s school is now closed, but he continues to make himself available as a traveling coach, teaching clinics around the world. The Playmaker, the sequel to Polo Vision, will be published next summer.

From Around the Web...
Photo by Roberto Pastrovicchio
Each pair of the high-performance, hand-made Foil skis takes at least three weeks to finish…
These 25 teams from around the world are priced out of the park in their respective sports…
Photo by Melissa Mahoney
MIT graduate and author of the book that inspired the film 21 discusses counting cards in Vegas…
Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, and Trevino partner for the 8,000-yard course scheduled to open in 2017…
More than your average ski accessories, these are must-haves for every mountain enthusiast…
During Jimmy Kimmel's Bucket List Adventure in Montana, celebrity photographer Jeff Lipsky...
This tony tackle found on Robb Gear will make you the envy of any angler…
Photo by Melanie Dunea
Batali’s leisure time is spent at the Bayonne Golf Club—a private course in New Jersey…
RobbReport.com sat down with Lang to discover his best grilling tips and biggest bucket-list dreams…
Photo by Jeff Lipsky
For the late-night host, a weekend of fly-fishing with his favorite people is as good as it gets…