Without a doubt the hook is the most difficult punch to learn how to throw. Reason being that a hook thrown correctly involves a bunch a moving parts. The more parts you have to move in a coordinated fashion the easier it is to screw it up.

Maybe it’s difficult to learn, but taking the time to add it to your repertoire will make your fights so much easier.

The Perfect Left Hook

The hook is a punch mostly thrown from close range, and usually in combination with other strikes.

But throwing it from long range and as the leading strike in a combination has it’s time and place too, although some may disagree.

For now I’ll just take you through the steps of a basic hook to the head and you can build on it from there.

The instructions are from an orthodox stance (Reverse the directions if you’re a southpaw).

The Left Hook Step by Step

Feet Position: Position your feet like you’ve just thrown a right cross (weight on your left leg/right leg pivoted toward target).

Left Foot Action: Once your feet are in position like you’ve just thrown a right hand (back foot pivoted towards target, weight on left leg, and left foot slightly open/outside the target) push off your left foot and shift the foot ever so slightly in.

Arm motion: Begin to retract your arm as if you were stirring a bowl of soup in a clockwise direction and you are about to complete one circular stir toward your target.

Arm position: As you retract your arm you will simultaneously raise it in front of your chin so that your elbow and fist are both on the same level as your shoulder-all parallel to the floor (Imagine you’re a puppet with a string attached to your elbow and someone pulls it up until it’s even height with your shoulder).

Left Knee Action: After you’ve pushed off and shifted with your left foot, began your arm motion, and are in the process of raising your arm’s position you’re going to pop your knee in toward your centerline.

Left Hip Action: Continuing your arm’s motion and raising it to it’s full height you’ll whip your hips to the right about 45 degrees (enough so that you end up a little past your standard stance with your weight on your back foot and hips cocked to follow with a right cross).

Shoulder Action: As you finish your arm’s circular motion your shoulder action should begin instantaneously after your hip action. Think of the shoulders like you would think of a slamming door. They open to begin your hook and slam shut to finish it. Much like your knee action you’ll want to pop your left shoulder in at contact.

Fist Action: The fist will make a small circle remaining unclinched until the millisecond before impact (the more tense you are the slower you’ll move). Right before contact clinch the fist and turn your hand over so that the first three knuckles meet your target with the palm facing down.