Punch speed: The truth about the punch speed
Do you know how fast you punch and which is your fastest punch? Have you ever tried to measure the speed of your punches with a stopwatch? It doesn’t really work that well. From now on you can track your punches. Know every detail about your boxing training and your punching speed. Train with the sensors and discover the maximum speed of your punches (automatically detected). Our ROOQ testimonial and heavyweight athlete Agit Kabayel is already training with the new boxing technology and knows exactly how fast he punches.
You can only improve what you can measure
Today, a watch with GPS function is a constant companion for active athletes. From now on, this is finally also possible in boxing. From now on, you can measure your punch speed in boxing. Until now, this was not possible at all or only with the help of very expensive technology and, above all, only under laboratory conditions. With an innovative sensor technology you can now evaluate everything about your punch speed – at any time and any place.
What speed value does ROOQ output?
ROOQ calculates the maximum velocity of a punch. This is the maximum (instantaneous) velocity at a time (t_max) during the impact. We are not indicating anything about the exact moment in which this velocity is reached – especially not whether it is assumed at the moment of impact. The velocity of a punch results – simplified – from the formula
Here v stands for the velocity, for the acceleration and for the duration of the acceleration, i.e. the velocity is equal to acceleration times time. Related to boxing, there are thus two ways to increase the maximum speed of a punch:
- Increase acceleration: This results in a higher maximum speed being generated for the same duration of the punch.
- Increase the duration of the acceleration phase: With a longer duration of the punch, a higher maximum speed can be generated if the magnitude of the acceleration remains the same.
In terms of the execution of a punch, your sideways hook, for example, can reach a speed of more than 50 km/h while you “only” reach around 30 km/h with a straight line. A hook requires a longer punch duration and therefore has a longer acceleration phase than a straight punch. Your hook can therefore generate a greater speed compared to a hook. At the same time, however, the longer the duration of the punch, the longer the reaction time of your opponent.
Identify your fastest punch and get a full overview of your performance. From now on you know where you stand!
Work on your punch technique and benefit from a comprehensive and transparent evaluation of your training. With sensors that you wear in straps on your wrist and under your boxing gloves, you track your entire workout and measure your maximum punch speed (km/h) of your punches as well as the average speed of all punches. This means that your sensors detect and identify every single one of your punches, and at the same time, the hand you’re punching with.
From now on, you’ll know what you’ve done in each boxing session. Find out everything about your punching speed and technical behavior, your overall boxing performance and what influences your boxing IQ the most. All information and analysis of your punches as well as an overall ranking are visible to you in the ROOQ App.
The right technique: Key factor for punch speed
To get the highest possible punch speed, the right punch technique is a crucial point. For this reason, it is essential for an ambitious boxer to optimize his punch technique in order to be able to punch even faster. For a well-executed punch technique, the fist must be thrown forward with high force. Moreover, the timing and stance of the boxer are also relevant.
In addition to the right punch technique, which brings an increased punch speed, the punch type also makes an enormous difference in the punch speed. Thanks to the data recorded at ROOQ, we already know that a hook or uppercut result in a higher punch speed than a straight or body hook.