Wrist size NOT hand size = punching power

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  1. joey1980

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    There's a front page thread here about hand size and whether it equals punching power so I'm going to make a new thread to add this twist.

    Now before I get a ton of Sherdog logic I want to point out that I'm not a scientist nor have I ever done any primary research on this subject, but if you search wrist size to punching power on the net you might be surprised by what you read.

    Here is an article from BE about this subject:

    http://www.badlefthook.com/2011/3/1...manny-pacquiaos-body-has-tricked-analysts-and

    I'll give some cliff notes and tidbits for those who are too busy to read (and this being Sherdog for those who haven't yet mastered the art):

    Basically this scientist says that in boxing you will find all manner of physical statistics regarding the fighters, however you have to search hard to find wrist size.

    Once you can find wrist size data you can see a direct correlation between a fighters height and their wrist size for example the average of 75.31 inches (HW) = the average wrist size of 7.69 inches.

    However for noted heavy/big hitters you can notice a disproportionately high wrist size for their height for example Pacman has a higher wrist size than a HW (8 inches) as well as Joe Louis, who had 8inch wrists (should be 7.45in) and Mike Tyson, 8inch wrists (should be 7.23in).

    Wrist size is also indicitive of skeletal structure, which would suggest the ability to take a punch or have an iron chin.

    Anyway it's all their in the article.... so what say you Sherdog? Would you like a wrist size on the tale of the tape?
     
  2. Rittsy

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    NEVER admit to not being a scientist on the internet. NEVER. We are all experts in every field; we all PhDs and MDs; we are all billionaire businessmen; we all have multiple hot wives; we are all 6'5 200lbs body-builder, model, blackbelts. We are the internet. We are Legion.
     
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  3. Bull Terrier

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    Having a larger wrist is definitely a sign of a big bone structure.

    Btw, no way does Manny have an 8 inch wrist. He has tiny little wrists and hands. Compare him to Lennox Lewis:

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    Question everyone wants to know, does wrist size effect jerk speed
     
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    ~has ALMOST 8 inch wrists and scored 986 on the punching machine at an arcade crew~
     
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    Looks like Lennox wrists are nearly twice the size of pacs
     
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    your 6'5 but only 200lbs? you must have skinny wrists
     
  9. Jamoke

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    Big hand means the punch will cover a bigger area and the force will be spread on a larger area which pretty much means that hand size has nothing to do with it.

    Andrei Arlovski has very small hands and he's the only man to KO Roy Nelson.
     
  10. Luger

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    Look at Dempsey. He had tiny hands and wrists. It does not mean a thing.

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    And he was knocking out teeth and breaking ribs left and right.
     
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    When the tail of the tape starts including the girth measurements of fighter's body parts, I will likely stop watching.
     
  12. BJ@LW&WW

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    Neither equates to punching power.

    Though I imagine
    1. wrist size is correlated to punching power.
    2. Hand size is correlated to wrist size.
    3. Hand size is correlated to punching power, but with less r^2 than wrist size.
     
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    You described every characteristic of me, I thought I was alone on this forum :icon_chee
     
  14. Jeff Goldblum69

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    i though the power came from your base and legs?
     
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    Hand size is meaningless compared to the body that propels it.
     
  16. Jermei

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    Girth. The measurement we do not speak of.
     
  17. torval

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    i never understood how hand size has ANYTHING to do with punching power. how can it? muscle size, ligament attachment points (longer levers give more power), technique, and god-given power etc IMO are where your power comes from.

    if anything big hands hurt your power. an equal amount of force distributed across a larger area equals less force per square inch. hit someone hard with a pillow. now poke them with an ice pick. this DOES NOT apply to touching someone's chin. big hands might help there and you'd get the same effect.

    also, i have small hands and short fingers and i've NEVER sunken a knuckle, when most guys coming up with me kickboxing have. my only theory is my short fingers leave very little open space when i clench my fist, whereas most guys have much more open space. how this affects sinking a knuckle i haven't quite guessed yet.
     
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    2 long. Didn't read. Don't try so hard. Relax.
     
  19. Face Punch

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    The force that hits less surface area the hardest will break the most shit. Basically if you have heavyweight power, but lightweight-sized hands, you're going to be a soul snatcher.
     
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  20. beef-fire

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    exactly.
     

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