Punch variability: An overview of your punch combinations


What brings a boxer forward? Most of people would say it is the punch force. Others would affirm it is the punch speed. But what about the punch variability? This is a topic that is frequently underestimated. But we have good news: In the next lines we will write about it so you don´t overlook any details about the punch variability. Keep on reading and learn how to track your punch variability.

If a boxer combines his punches in a varied way, he can hit his opponent unexpectedly.

What is punch variability?

The punch variability is related to the punching behaviour of boxers while performing. In other words, punch variability is the ability to adapt your movements and coordination when throwing a punch to hit a target. Always with one specif background in mind: Trying to be as unpredictable as possible so you surprise your opponent with your punch variability.

Your goal is to be hard to anticipate and to punch as efficently as possible. But, how to achieve this?

With a straight punch, the punch starts from the chin and the fist moves – as the name says – on a straight line.

Which punches are important for your punch variability?

To answer this question, it is important to know which basic punches can boost your punch variability. We have listed them for you and we will review them shortly. The following punch types can be thrown with both hands (dominant or non dominant). However, it is not allowed to punch with both hands at the same time. In this case, it can cause a warning or disqualification.

  • Straight: As its name says, it is a punch thrown straight starting from the chin to the head or the body of the opponent while the other hand stays on the chin to defend punches thrown by the opponent.
  • Hook: It is a punch thrown from the side as a hook. This punch starts from the chin and ends on the same side of the chin of the opponent. Its name is given thanks to the way that the elbow bends.
Uppercuts are short and quick punches that a boxer uses at close range.
  • Uppercut: This is a punch thrown from bottom to top, starting from the chin. It ends under the chin´s opponent. While throwing the punch, the other hand stays on the chin to defend you from the opponent´s punches.
  • Body hook: In this case, the main target of the punch is the opponent´s torso. To accomplish it, the punch is thrown like a loope. Another possibility is to throw it like a hook, with the difference that the target is the body. The other hand stays on the chin to defend punches thrown by the opponent.

So far, successful boxers are very variable and this is one of the reasons why they are difficult to anticipate. A way to improve your punch variability is to focus on throwing different combinations with different type of punches in a different frequency and hardness so the opponent doesn´t what is  coming.

Attention: don´t forget to use the necessary equipment and prevent injuries with the following tips.

With the ROOQ sensors, the boxer knows exactly which punch he has thrown and how.

Ho to track punch variability?

This question just targeted the central issue. Track exactly which punch you’re throwing with your ROOQ sensors. They have a complete overview of your boxing training and automatically detect every single punch, whether it’s a straight, hook, uppercut or body hook (right and left).

Let your training be analyzed afterwards and find out which punches you have thrown and how variable you have boxed in terms of your combinations. Analyze your performance during the training disciplines shadow boxing, partner work, work on the punching bag and rope skipping. At the same time, we show you your training duration.

Are you ambitious and disciplined? Are you strong-willed and always focused? Then, the ROOQ sensors will be your sparring partner and an indispensable part of your boxing equipment.