Left hook more powerful than right?

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by ThaiJJJ, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. ThaiJJJ

    ThaiJJJ White Belt

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    Yes, my left hook is more powerful than my right hook. I have no idea why this is the case.

    Before I did boxing and MT, I did Xing Yi Quan (yes, kung fu), and it really helped train me to get my whole body behind a punch. As a result, my strikes are pretty "optimized", in my opinion as far as getting the body behind them. But my right hook is not as powerful as my left. I'm somehow not twisting my body correctly or making my spine too straight.

    Also, if it means anything, my right pec is smaller than my left, even though I'm right handed.
     
  2. fdupnct

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    Here, I just put this in another thread but it may help you too.

    When your throwing your hooks you need to remember to shift your weight. The reason I bring this up is it's a great way (and easy way) to tell if your throwing hooks the right way. For instance, if you throw a right cross your weight should be on your front leg, then when you throw a left hook (with a pivot of your front foot and twist of your hips) your weight should shift to your back leg. If you aren't getting that weight shift your probably not pivoting or rotating enough. From there if you want to throw a right hook your weight should transfer back to your front leg. Also, remember to keep your elbows parallel to the floor/ground.
     
  3. CHawkins

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    I'm in the same boat. I am right-handed buy my left side is more powerful in general, whether we're talking about punching power or lifting weights or grip strength. Hell, my left arm has always been about 1/2" larger than my right, even when I was lifting regularly.

    I'm not sure why this is. Perhaps being right-handed, we use the right for fine motor tasks and the left for gross motor tasks, which tend to rely more on strength than on finesse. I'm just guessing here.

    Anyway, you can absolutely bring up your right-side strength, but you have to tailor your training for it.
     
  4. TheHighlander

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    I assume you guys are standing orthodox? I think the rear hook can be pretty hard to gauge distance correctly and is often over-extended. There's also the tendency to throw the hook with a lot of arm on the strong side. When we are forced to use the weak side we generally use better technique to make up for the lack of natural power.
     
  5. FivePointThrow

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    i love left hooks, dude...the most powerful hook is gonna come when your opponent is in close where he can't do too much damage versus having to overextend yourself throwing a straight right...especially if your guy's just hugging and doing minimal work inside it's easy to set up a terribly powerful left hook with little risk to you
     
  6. BlackBeltNow

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    dont' worry. this is normal actually. the reason is if you're orthodox, you left hook more often than right hook. left side gets more practice. another thing you may not know is your left side is already stronger than your right side if youre right handed. so 1) left side more comfy hooking than right 2) left side stronger than right, and u know what that adds up to.

    for me, only a month ago i grew confidence in my right hooks.
     
  7. zaner

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    Also if you stand orthodox you dont get as much hip rotation in your RH as in your left. You are standing with your feet in the wrong position for that punch. Square up to throw it on the heavy bag or when you're sparring make sure you only hook the right if you are close.
     
  8. OpethDrums

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    yep unless you are southpaw. maybe right is harder in untrained people
     
  9. Crimson Tiger

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    If you stand still and throw left hook, that can't be stronger than right hook.

    If you put your weight on your left leg and then burst up strength into your left hook,
    yeah it's stronger than right hook.

    However, I still think that the right overhead hook is stronger than any punch that can
    possibly be delivered by left (for orthodox, of course).
     
  10. moodymikey

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    With my hooks i tend to drop my hand a bit before i throw the punch. I think thats my only noob problem with the hook/cross at the moment
     
  11. Chthon

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    Regardless of stance, punches thrown from the rear hand (right hand in orthodox, left hand in southpaw) should always have more juice. If you have an orthodox stance and your left hook has more power than your right hook, then yes, there is something wrong with the way you're throwing your left hook. But without video or anything, there's not much anybody here can tell you in regard to cleaning it up.
     
  12. wooshman

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    I'm an orthodox fighter and all I can say is that my left hook has decent power both to the head and body. But my right hook still has more power than my left, especially hooks to the body. In fact the only reason why my left hook has decent power to it is because of extra focus on it during training. My right has always been the harder hitter. As far as weight distribution goes my weight stay pretty even on both of my feet when I punch. I shift slightly but not a whole lot.
     

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