Originally Posted by Pugsley
So you're saying that technique-wise it is better to have the palm facing down so that your elbow will naturally point up?
Mechnically I have to agree, since I find that with the palm down or the thumb almost facing down, you get a better 'hook'. That is the punch starts off high and then slants downwards as it curves back to you... a better angle to dig into the chin.
...some guy the other day was 'correcting' me by saying to throw with the thumb up and STILL hold the elbow up and it just did not feel right. It was almost like my elbow was going to bend off... I get irritated by idiots.
So I'm going to ask, is there any such rationale that a thumb-up hook can or should ever be used? Its a dumb question almost.
I would definitely use it when I'm a bit further away. With the thumb, one is able to cover more ground.