The left hook, or right hook if you happen to be a south paw, is one of the most devastating punching in all of the striking arts. Many fighters have been put on the canvas thanks to this versatile and deadly punch. It is also one of the hardest punches to learn.
Many beginner boxers have a hard time grasping the mechanics of the left hook. Some swing their hook too wide, while some “push” the hook. This article and video will help you understand the more complicated mechanics of the punch.
The left hook doesn’t always need to be tight and clean, but it is improper to load up at your hip and swing it like a haymaker punch. The punch needs to start from your stance, and keep a 90 degree angle as you cross your centerline. It is important to keep your elbow up as you hook the punch. “Pushing” the punch happens when the fighter straightens his or her arm as they throw the hook. The punch then becomes a strange looking cross that loses alot of its power as it crosses your center. Keep the punched hooked at all times, especially at the end, and let your body throw the punch instead of your arm.
The feet, hips, and shoulders have a huge role to play while throwing the left hook. The feet shift as you throw your punch, particularly the lead foot. The fighter pivots on the ball of his or her foot, as the knee bends, and the hips turn. This is going to allow you to get full power, and a full range of motion when throwing the hook.
Also, the shoulder should lead your punch allowing you to get full power, swing, and range of motion. The shoulder should turn with your body, and it should help keep you from pushing the hook with your arm.
Below is a video by boxing coach Greg Parris and myself that goes into the finer details of the left hook. To learn more about us visit KRBJJ.com or follow me on twitter at Twitter.com/TheMophead.