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.
- The traditional way to set up a left hook is to begin with a right cross. (See “How to throw a dynamite straight punch”)
- 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.
- Aim for the chain or temple for knock out punch or for the kidneys or liver for a devastating body shot.
- Stop your punch before it over-rotates so you don’t get countered. Don’t just swing the punch all the way through.
Illustration by Ted Slampyak