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90 Second Boxing Tips – Fix Your Flaring Jab

by Fran on January 22, 2017

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I want these boxing tips to be genuinely helpful.  This tip is a real coaching tool that I use to fix one of the most common faults with a boxer's jab; the flaring elbow.

If you want your jab to be effective, that is to be accurate, powerful, fast and reliable in terms of success rate then you must take time to ensure excellence of execution.

In my experience the flaring elbow is one of the if not the most common faults with the jab.

Watch the video then below is a bit more to read:

So what is the flaring elbow when using the jab?

It's quite simple really.

When a jab is executed correctly the elbow follows the line of the fist towards the target.

In the case of the 'flaring elbow', as the jab is initiated the elbow lifts laterally as the fist is moving toward the target.  This is bad for 2 main reasons:

  • The opponent will find it much easier to spot the punch coming.  The human eye is excellent at seeing lateral movement, less excellent at spotting movement towards and away.  If they see the punch coming it will be blocked and you will get punched in the mouth!
  • The integrity of the punch is lost, reducing power and efficiency.

Boxing Tips - The Solution

So some practical steps to use this most practical of boxing tips:

  1. Find a wall that will be to your lead hand side.
  2. With your front foot at 45 degrees and in your boxing stance, begin the process of throwing your jab.
  3. If your arm DOES NOT hit the wall your are not flaring your elbow.
  4. If your arm DOES hit the wall, you are flaring your elbow...so stop it!

This is a really helpful boxing tip.  Be sure to revisit this every now and again to keep checking that bad habits are not creeping in to your boxing style.

95% of what the great boxers do are the basics, they just do them exceptionally well.

The boxing jab is the ultimate in basics so please do everything you can to make it excellent.

Any questions, observations and challenges then please leave them below.

Cheers

Fran

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry February 9, 2017 at 5:22 am

G/day Fran,great way to correct the problem.We also use the heavy bag for this same thing but of course the wall also lets you position your feet properly
and doesn’t move at all.Some one mentioned about the vertical fist when jabbing.Johnny Famechon the Aussie world featherweight champ (1969) often used it this way.(came straight from the horses’s mouth when he visited our club once and gave a demo.)I hope all is well with you and yours mate.Best regards Terry.

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Fran February 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm

Hello me owld mate, hope things are all good with you. My sis-in-law says it’s bloody hot over your side at the moment, 41 in Sydney which means where you are it has to be a couple of degrees hotter at least? Like the vertical fist thing, helps mix up the jab and probably has power benefits.

All good here, apart from the long dark and cold days. Spring here soon though 🙂

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Terry February 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm

G/day Fran,Yes mate,your sister-in-law is right,it is pretty warm here at the moment and has been for a good while.I think they have gone for 43 today but that might be a bit conservative going on how early it has heated up this morning.Of course out in the sun it would be up around 50 I suppose. Coffs Harbour isn’t much better with temps a bit lower but really high humidity which is a bit uncomfortable as well.But at least I am still above ground mate and when I stop chasing my tail will catch up with you properly and send some snaps etc of our progress (or lack of it lately)up in Coffs and also some info on Anthony’s comeback bout proposal.All the best.Terry.

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Fran February 13, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Look forward to the pics mate 🙂

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George February 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Hi!! Very helpful and important!! Video.
Thank you!!

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Fran February 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

You are welcome George, thank you

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Kurt Davis January 23, 2017 at 10:53 am

Great tip Fran. I suppose that when you’re throwing the long-range uppercut aka hook jab then you can’t really avoid flaring the elbow in that instance?

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Kurt Davis January 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm

oops sorry I obviously meant long-range lead hand HOOK i.e. Hook Jab rather than long-range lead hand UPPERCUT.

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Fran January 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Understood Kurt. It’s the ‘flapping’ action that you want to avoid with either of the two punches, that’s the give away. With the long range hook the elbow still follows the fist even though the fist travels an angled route to the target…if that makes sense?

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Kurt Davis January 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Thanks Fran. Yes, I think I know what you mean, I’ll check it out tomorrow in front of a mirror just to make sure though 😉

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Ivan roeland January 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

I use the vertical punch only so I should not have this problem.

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Fran January 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm

Guess that would work Ivan 🙂

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Kurt Davis January 23, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Vertical fist, that’s interesting. I guess that means less power but more chance of it getting through an opponent’s guard because of the shape of a boxing glove, is that the general reasoning?

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Gary January 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

Hi Fran

As usual a great practical and technical explanation on how
to improve our most important punch. Cheers Fran keep them coming.

Regards Gary

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Fran January 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm

No worries, thanks Gary

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David Waterman January 23, 2017 at 1:26 am

I found that the elbow flaring problem often occurred because the exponent turned the fist over too early. A simple rule I used to correct it was to ensure the fist turned over only in the final stage of travel to the target.

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Fran January 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm

Very neat Mr W, nice and simple and a great tip 🙂

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John Sell January 22, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Great, simple, useful correction!

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Fran January 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

Glad it helped John

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