As boxing tips go, this is a pretty important one. It is of corse very simple too, after all, the jab is the most simple and straightforward punch that a boxer can throw.
So, It makes me wonder then that if the shot is so simple to throw why is it that I see so many boxers throw it incorrectly?
This is not just an issue of me being picky when it comes to technique. If your jab is thrown incorrectly a) it is much less likely to land and b) you are much more likely to get counter punched. Not where I want you to be.
So now I'm going to provide you with a 90 second video, then following on from that give you common faults in the jab then a link to a follow up video with 7 ways to be better with your jab 🙂
Some common faults to be avoided:
- Don't try and hit too hard. Trying to hit too hard often results in the boxer’s weight transferring to the front leg. This has the effect of impairing the balance and making you very vulnerable to counter-attack. Remember, the jab will often be thrown as you move forward, so throwing the weight onto the front leg is very high risk because you add your weight to the incoming shot...not good.
- Don't telegraph the punch, allowing tell-tale movement before the punch begins it’s journey. This can be the elbow lifting to the side or the fist dropping slightly, both of which are dead giveaways.
- Don't allow your punch to become an upper-body movement. Ensure that the rotation of the upper-body is generated by the push from the front leg.
Finally, here's that link to the follow up video capturing 7 ways to be more successful with your jab.
Comments or questions below please.