Anatomy of a Left Hook—Revision

Great things come in threes. The left hook completes the powerful foundational trio of punches that are essential to every boxing session, known at Gloveworx as the Clutch 3. Out of these punches, the left hook is often the most dangerous move in a boxer’s arsenal.

The left hook is a high-risk, high-reward punch because of the weight and momentum behind it. When you land one in the right place, the chances of dealing massive damage are very high. Conversely, when you miss, you may end up off-balance, out of position, and extremely vulnerable to a counter attack.

Much like the other foundational punches, the left hook generates its power from pushing into the ground. From your neutral boxing stance, shift your weight to the back leg while imagining a grape under your front foot. To squash the grape, rotate your front foot and knee towards the right to create the power that will then move through your torso—this is key to understanding the proper left hook technique.

As your torso moves and you extend your arm, lift your shoulder to your chin, keep your face protected, and create a 90° angle at the elbow joint. In this position, as your fist travels towards your opponent, the bottom of your fist should be parallel with the ground and your knuckles perpendicular to your body. Mastering the left hook technique is vital to the Clutch 3.

A common occurrence when throwing a hook results in a “hook for hook.” As you throw your left hook, your opponent can move at the same time and use the same punch to attack you. Stay safe when you throw this risky punch and block their hook as you throw yours by keeping your other hand up by your ear, as if you are answering the phone.

Now you know how to properly throw a hook!

This punch completes the Clutch 3. The jab, the straight right hand, and the left hook can be used together to create combos that increase speed, skill, power, and endurance when working on the mitts. Review these punches consistently to improve your skills.