I think it could be a good idea. The trouble is, we have 90% of the polo playing population on a handicap between -2 and 1 which is only a spread of 4 goals.
While on the upper end of the scale, we have the remaining playing population, (I am guessing here), being less than 2% or 3%, on a handicap between 6 and 10 goals. Therefore we have (the lucky) 2% of us spread out over 4 or 5 goals, and 90% of the population spread out over 4 goals. (I realise these are rough figures, but I am sure you get my point.)
I believe there was some talk of pushing players like Adolfo Cambiaso and Bertie up to 12, and that did not happen. I personally think it’s better we keep the handicap below 10 and have players start on -4.
Also, I keep hearing from many high goal professionals, that the difference in these high goal players is their ponies. They can all play; they can all hit the ball at amazing angles, and as the front page of the Polo Times once wrote (when interviewing A Cambiaso) ‘It’s all about the horses’. I have even heard of one Argentine 7 goaler in the UK asks if he could go down to 6 because in that season he no longer had that same string of ponies. I understand that the horse is 90% of the game, but this may high light my point that there is not a huge amount of difference between a 7, 8 and 9 goaler – it’s only his ponies that give him this handicap from this level up.
Anyway, I think we need to balance it out so that we can spread the level up the top to the extent that we can tell the difference between a 8, 9 and 10 goaler. While at the same time, we will still be able to tell the difference between and -1, 0 and 1 at equal level. However, there are pro's and con's to this idea.