In polo, each players performance is assessed and handicapped annually by a commission composed of representatives from local clubs and members of national or international polo associations.
A handicap can range from -2 to a maximum of +10 goals, the highest handicap awarded to only the very best players. The handicap figures do not refer to the number of goals a player is expected to score, but rather his value to his team.
The handicap of a team is simply the sum of its members’ handicaps. This handicap becomes the scale by which tournaments are organized, so that matches are only played between teams with similar handicaps.
In a Zero Goal tournament, all the players on one team must add up to zero. The highest handicap a team can have is a 40-goal team. Only a handful of such 10-goal players can ever be found, and they set the standard of excellence in the world, with most hailing from Argentina. The level of this play is best seen in Palermo, Argentina at the Argentinian Open.
The handicaps of players at Thai Polo & Equestrian Club have international value and have been allocated by internationally-renowned coach Rege Ludwig, according to Hurlingham Polo Association Rules (HPA):