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How To Throw a Hook in Boxing

A hook is one of the most difficult punches to execute correctly, but it’s hard to defend and can land a devastating blow.


  • : Boxing is an inherently dangerous sport and should only be attempted with the proper training and supervision. Consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program.
  • Step 1: Start in your boxer's stance with your lead leg forward, your lead hand protecting your face, and your weight on your back foot. Your non-lead hand should be in striking position.
  • Step 2: Bring your lead arm up, so that your elbow is shoulder-height and your arm is nearly parallel to the floor.
  • Step 3: Twist your body, swiveling your back foot inward on the ball of the foot as your hips and shoulder rotate. It is a powerful, quick turn while you swing around your arm and fist.
  • TIP: Your palm will be facing downward when striking close targets and slightly turned in for those farther away.
  • Step 4: Land the punch on your opponent’s cheek or chin, keeping your eyes on him at all times.
  • Step 5: Follow through by punching through his head as if to reach a target just past where the punch has landed.
  • Step 6: Finish the punch by bending your fist in toward your chest with your elbow pointing at your opponent. This helps to protect your head from an opponent’s counter.
  • TIP: A hook is good punch to throw after a jab, which has pushed your opponent back.
  • Step 7: Immediately get back into your boxer’s stance and prepare to defend yourself. A punch is likely on its way.
  • FACT: Smokin’ Joe Frazier had the most famous and powerful left hook in the sport.

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