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Old 12-17-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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ok this is my first time posting in anything. But I have been reading these forums for years. Anyways I have been boxing off and on for about 8 years. I never did any real big fights (I did fight at UCSB's fight night in 2000 in front of 3000 people). Mostly i have just bounced from almost every gym in LA I worked out at hollywood boxing club, Northridge athleitc club(with john Bray), WildCARD (for a month), Shadowboxing, BOXING WORKS, MTA.

Alright sorry about the long intro here's my question how do you guys throw a left hook ? I was taught originally and about half of trainers agree that it works better with the thumb facing upwards when contact is made. Other trainers (like the one I have now ) says the thumb should face your body when contact is made. what to you guys think?

my trainer is trying to get me to change but I think I am too old for that and I may not be wrong.

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Old 12-18-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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I was always taught to throw it with thump facing your body. And I was also taught that your forearm should arc downwards as you throw the punch, so the elbow and hand aren't level, but the elbow is higher then the hand.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:43 AM   #3
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I was always taught to throw it so the elbow and wrist are level and my thumb is pointing up.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:30 AM   #4
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I was always taught to throw it so the elbow and wrist are level and my thumb is pointing up.
Isn't that pretty regular in the states? I throw it the same way, but with the thumb pointing towards me. As far as I know, most europeans do it that way.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:48 AM   #5
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i like thumb pointing up because when you throw it this way you can whip the hook and get a better result i think. With the thumb pointing in its it more just pivot. I suppose depends on the situation to what hook you would throw. My coach has taught me a few different variations of the hook.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:25 AM   #6
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I was always taught to throw it so the elbow and wrist are level and my thumb is pointing up.
Same.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:47 AM   #7
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I was always told that I should turn my hand before impact so that the thumb is toward me (palm toward floor). Otherwise I was told that the referee might believe I punch with an open glove. However I think itīs easier to punch with the thumb is pointing up.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:49 AM   #8
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Isn't that pretty regular in the states? I throw it the same way, but with the thumb pointing towards me. As far as I know, most europeans do it that way.
I do both actually, depending on the distance.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:51 AM   #9
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I was taught if you throw it with your palm facing the floor its an easy way to hurt your pinky finger...
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:24 AM   #10
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I do both actually, depending on the distance.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:48 AM   #11
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Isn't that pretty regular in the states? I throw it the same way, but with the thumb pointing towards me. As far as I know, most europeans do it that way.
I think so. I can't think of any time I've seen someone throw one with their thumb down.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:44 PM   #12
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Actually, I've seen that plenty of times. Usually it's executed as a long left hook while going backwards just to set up the right cross.
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:49 PM   #13
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i was recently trainin with peter harrsion and he said in amatuers you should throw it with palm facing down and pros thumb facing up as its something to do with the way the gloves are made

personallly i find it easier to do it with thumb facing up but you dont get points for it
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:00 AM   #14
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I do both actually, depending on the distance.
IMO that's probably the correct answer.

I've been taught by some knowledgable guys with plenty of ring experience and some say one way and some the other.

The guy I respect most, and who had about 100 pro fights, says to have the fist horizontal (thumb pointing to body). But I reckon if you are in very close it's probably better to have it vertical (thumb up).
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:51 AM   #15
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thumb up if goings to the body thumb horizontal when goign to the head.

usually in shadowboxing you should do it horizontal becuase it gets you arm in the irgth position. why you have your elbow higher than your hand is so that is doesnt slap. a thumb up hook will do this if you are too close.


after a bit of shadowing i think the horizontal way is a bit more of a counter, while the thumb up is more of a offencive punch.
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