Lance Technique - Vertical
Correct vertical lance technique
Begin the pass with your lance raised. About four strides from your target, let the tip glide down gradually, so that it reaches the height of your target just in time to make the strike. Once the strike is made, raise your lance again
Incorrect vertical lance technique
If you lower the lance too quickly, or start with the lance lowered, you will find that the motion of the horse causes the lance to wobble which makes proper targeting quite difficult
You will find that lowering the lance just before the strike provides better lance control with less effort.
A note about the animation above
In order to cleanly illustrate the lance angles in the animation above, the jousters hands are further in front of the torso than they need to be.
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