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Old 11-28-2007, 11:12 AM   #1
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When you throw the left hook, does the left foot move at all? I've heard two versions: one that the left foot sort of shifts forward a little, the other that the left foot stays planted. I find that the former gives me more balance.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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It twists in the same direction of the hook.
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:45 PM   #3
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It twists in the same direction of the hook.
I was just about to say that
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:00 PM   #4
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It twists in the same direction of the hook.
You mean it pivots like the back foot? That's three different versions I've heard of! Which is it?
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:52 PM   #5
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I don't really pivot my back foot all that much when i throw one, just the front foot. I keep my foot in the same spot though. Whatever is more comfortable for you really.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:41 PM   #6
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You mean it pivots like the back foot? That's three different versions I've heard of! Which is it?
Yeh it does it makes the left side of your body come round with the hook too and you get more power in it. I think its joe fraziers book if got that says its like squashing a bug under your foot the same sorta movement and pressure
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:19 PM   #7
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When throwing it on the end of a 1-2-3 I take a step forward, as I do with most 3 punch combos on the 3rd punch.
When it's by itself, then I pivot it towards the right.
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:42 PM   #8
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You should pivot off of your left foot. Foot, knee, hip, shoulder, arm. That's the chain of movement on the hook. That's where the power and speed comes from.
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:35 AM   #9
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Yeh it does it makes the left side of your body come round with the hook too and you get more power in it. I think its joe fraziers book if got that says its like squashing a bug under your foot the same sorta movement and pressure
Actually, I have Frazier's "Box Like the Pros" and he says to plant the left foot.
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Actually, I have Frazier's "Box Like the Pros" and he says to plant the left foot.
Yeh i wasnt too sure where i read it, joe fraziers book is brilliant but alot of the stuff in there my trainer goes against. I think alot of it is what he did which is great if ur the next joe frazier. Eg i think he says at one point to stand slightly square on to the opponent whereas were always told to show as little target as possible. Still good book. I reckon with the left hook tho the left foot mainly pivots in most situations , watch a boxing match and just look at their feet. Or training videos of someone good on the heavy bag on you tube. im no expert
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Old 11-29-2007, 05:31 PM   #11
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When throwing it on the end of a 1-2-3 I take a step forward, as I do with most 3 punch combos on the 3rd punch.
When it's by itself, then I pivot it towards the right.
Same here, in kind of a sliding motion, i also move to the right a bit before i throw it..

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Old 11-29-2007, 06:40 PM   #12
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When you throw the left hook, does the left foot move at all? I've heard two versions: one that the left foot sort of shifts forward a little, the other that the left foot stays planted. I find that the former gives me more balance.

When you throw the lefthook you should know that you must get a rotation from the hips in order to get full power into the punch. The rotation from the hips will cause a twisting motion in the legs which will be transmitted to the feet. The feet will move but not a lot. Once you learn how to throw the lefthook you will be able to tell if you done it right by the impact on the end of your fist.
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:47 PM   #13
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Yeh i wasnt too sure where i read it, joe fraziers book is brilliant but alot of the stuff in there my trainer goes against. I think alot of it is what he did which is great if ur the next joe frazier. Eg i think he says at one point to stand slightly square on to the opponent whereas were always told to show as little target as possible. Still good book. I reckon with the left hook tho the left foot mainly pivots in most situations , watch a boxing match and just look at their feet. Or training videos of someone good on the heavy bag on you tube. im no expert


The fundamentals of boxing are applicable to anybody. Once you learn the fundamentals and put them into practise then you will gradually develop you own style. You should not be thinking about developing your own style UNTIL you have learned the fundamentals.

Joe Frazier's style was that of a short slugger, so of course he would square up his hips at times. A tall boxer is nearly always showing angles. If you are young enough and if you get the right sort of training you will learn all these things over a period of 5 or 10 years. Takes a long time to learn to be a good boxer.
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The fundamentals of boxing are applicable to anybody. Once you learn the fundamentals and put them into practise then you will gradually develop you own style. You should not be thinking about developing your own style UNTIL you have learned the fundamentals.

Joe Frazier's style was that of a short slugger, so of course he would square up his hips at times. A tall boxer is nearly always showing angles. If you are young enough and if you get the right sort of training you will learn all these things over a period of 5 or 10 years. Takes a long time to learn to be a good boxer.

Thats what i said basically , i meant the book is a little too geared towards fighting like joe frazier and not enough of the basic fundamentals of boxing. Still a great read with very useful information. My point is really you can read all the books you want and each one might have a different oppinion slightly or you can get as many oppinions as you like on a forum , but theres no substitute to getting in the gym and a good trainer showing you physically how to throw a punch.
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:39 PM   #15
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You should pivot off of your left foot. Foot, knee, hip, shoulder, arm. That's the chain of movement on the hook. That's where the power and speed comes from.
this is how i was taught also.

a good tip my coach used was referencing a golf swing, emulate that motion from the waist down as a golfer drives off the tee, puts you in a good position to follow up with a solid right!
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