Let’s talk hands… More specifically thumbs, fingers and clenching fists when punching the bag!
Firstly, remember to position your thumb over and behind your fingers not allowing it to rest past them. (Past your second knuckles)
It’s also very important to remember that you should never wrap your fingers around your thumbs. That is the perfect way to break or dislocate your thumb once you throw a punch and the force of that punch goes back through that thumb joint. Also, for that same reason never allow your pinky to stick out either. Keep a closed fist.
When you hit your target, you want to strike with the first two knuckles, not that flat front part of your fist or the smaller knuckles on your ring or pinky fingers. Hitting with the two will allow a better connection and also alignment with the rest of your arm. Keeping alignment, keep all the bones in your forearm down to your knuckles all aligned. Strong structure = strong punch.
Also, If you’re right handed, your left shoulder should always be facing your opponent (bag) and if you’re left handed… All those weird southpaw punchers out there, your right shoulder faces the target.
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