Boxing Tips – Part 3 – Fast Punches
In our last blog post we covered shadow boxing and breathing. Today we take a look at how to punch faster.
Benefits of Having Fast Hands?
- Effective Punches are the ones that you don’t see coming because of the speed. The result could be a knockdown and even a knockout.
- A flurry of fast punches can put your opponent off when they’re not expecting punches.
- If you and your opponent throw punches at the same time, you may beat them to the punch.
There are many ways to help boxers to punch faster. Below are 5 short tips to increase the speed of your punches. Next week we will look at some more.
Faster punching doesn’t mean harder punches. Loading up on the punches for more power, doesn’t make the punches faster. Don’t focus on power, just speed.
Focus your mind and imagine yourself hitting the pads, punch bag or your opponent as fast as you can.
Relax your body and you will punch faster! Being relaxed in movement allows you to move with the flow without tension and stress. The most relaxed muscle has the most potential for moving at maximum speed. However, try to avoid being too relaxed and becoming lazy. Being lazy in movement means that you are moving without control and purpose.
The floor to ceiling ball is effective for improving your reflexes because it is a fast moving target. It requires a watchful eye and good timing, so when you’re using it, just focus on hitting the target fast and accurately.
Start off with one or two straight punches, and once you get a good sense of timing, increase the number of punches and add combinations to include hooks, uppercuts and defensive work.
The Take A Pop Boxing Team