× How to Throw a Left Hook Punch Frame 1: The traditional way to set up a left hook is to begin with a right cross. (See "How to Throw a Dynamite Straight Punch".) Frame 2: Keep knees bent. Pivot your front foot, like you're squishing a bug.  Transfer your weight into your right heel.  At the same time, twist your torso. Keep guard up. Bend your lead arm 90 degrees, as if you're holding a shield. Frame 3: Aim for the chin or temple for a knock out punch or for the kidneys or liver for a devastating body shot. Frame 4: Stop your punch before it over-rotates so you don't get countered.  Don't just swing the punch all the way through.

| November 17, 2015

Last updated: October 15, 2018

Manly Skills, Tactical Skills, Visual Guides

How to Throw a Devastating Left Hook Punch: An Illustrated Guide

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The left hook has been called the “prettiest” punch in boxing due to its precision and technicality. A well-placed hook to the head can knock a man out, and one delivered to the kidneys or liver will bring the strongest of brawlers to their knees.

Today allow John L. Sullivan to show you how to throw a devastating left hook. (Note: If you’re a southpaw, just reverse the hands on the instructions.) For a refresher on how to throw a straight punch, see our illustrated guide.

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Illustration by Ted Slampyak