Spotting the Landing

Different kinds of leaps require different certainty about the landing.

Gymnasts, skaters, and dancers have to know and stick their landings precisely.

Long- and high-jumpers don’t have to land pretty or precisely — they just have to jump as best they can in a known direction.

For most people, landing a parachute within a few football fields is precise enough.

Plan the leap, and plan to land as best you can. But don’t get more hung up on style points or precision than any given jump requires.