Lockdown Video - Indoor Pell
Sir Gilth of Black Guard shared a video about how to make a pell indoors for targeting while you shelter in place / quarantine.
A traditional pell is a post in the ground that you can hit and practice targeting and measure against.
Indoors it can be hard to have the room to install such a post, so there are alternatives. One alternative is not so much for practicing shot technique as it is for practicing targeting and measure: a paper pell.
A writing utensil
Some paper (index cards or sticky notes will also work)
Some tape (or sticky notes)
If you’re feeling fancy, measuring tape
Take your paper and tear some of it into 6 equal sized pieces. These will be your targets. Number these pieces 1 through 6
For verisimilitude, you can also draw a head to use.
Find a blank piece of wall that’s roughly person sized. I find doors to be handy. Bring over your measuring tape.
Measure approximately head-height from the floor. I usually do around 6 feet, since that’s a pretty regular height for many Hearthlight players.
If you are using a head, place it now.
Next, you’ll place two targets at shoulder height. I usually number these “1” and “2” Then, place two targets at hip height (I use “3” and “4”). Finally, place two targets at a vaguely leg height (I use “5” and “6”).
This should simulate targets on a person nicely.
This “pell” can be used to practice measure (how far away you can be from a target and still hit) as well as generally targeting (when you aim for a location, you can strike it every time) and practicing slow movements between shots (focusing on moving from target 1 to target 4 for example). In a later fitness video, we can cover how to develop drills using these specific targets. You can also use similar techniques on a convenient pole. The pole is good because it is 3D, and so you can practice different footwork and measure with the pole. Of course, you have to have access to a pole!
A punching bag can also be used as something for more full strength hits (as opposed to the wall target, which I do not suggest hitting beyond a gentle tap haha).
Have fun making!