I got into an argument with a new guy at the gym today. I basically told him that he really needs to either go away and learn how to hold pads correctly, or ask one of the coaches how to. In my opinion, someone holding pads poorly (for anything, boxing, Muay Thai, MMA etc) will decrease the striker's ability, technique and power by about 60%. He argued that if you're good enough, it shouldn't matter how your pad partner holds pads. What's your guys opinion on it? Can a poor pad holder make a good boxer/Thai boxer look bad? Or will their technique and skill override the poor pad holding? It's a shame, but it appears in many gyms poor pad holders are common.