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.
Thumb up and elbow up does not sit nicely with the ligaments, tendons, muscle etc People can refute this but footage doesn't lie. The large majority of boxers wear big gloves, expect the glove to protect their hand, throw a bit of a haymaker with thumb up and the elbow naturally pointing down THUS not really getting the shoulder into it properly or establishing the most effective power line.
Some do argue that on range you put the thumb up but again the elbow will dip if the thumb is completely up. The more you turn the thumb down, the more the elbow will go up helping to be more accurate and establish the power line.
I can accept 45 degree hand turn though so not completely down or up. I find this also works effectively.
Final point, you can throw long hooks with palm down.