22 08 2007
A polo ball must be within the limits of 3 to 3-1/2 inches in diameter and 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 ounces in weight. A polo ball is usually made of a solid hard plastic, though they used to be made of willow wood, which made a whistling sound as they moved through the air. Players could actually hear a ball coming and thus avoid being hit. However, they too often split apart when hit. Plastic balls, on the other hand, do not whistle but they very rarely split apart. A polo ball becomes misshapen every time it is struck by a mallet. Umpires and flagmen replace polo balls as necessary during a game. Each polo match requires approximately two dozen polo balls. The mounted umpires carry a pick-up stick to retrieve a polo ball from the field without having to dismount, which saves time during the game.



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