|Heavy Bag Drills:
Perfecting the Jab
This month we're going to focus on mastering the
jab on the heavy bag. Boxer's rely on this punch to maintain
control, inflict damage and keep their opponent busy. It is a
crucial punch to learn and perform accurately. Review our
instructional section on the basics of a jab.
To perfect this punch and improve your form, you
must begin to practice your jabs from a solid
boxing stance. Once set, begin throwing your jab; standing in
place. Throughout the entire punch maintain balance and control;
don't wind up or lift your elbow.
Your jab should 'snap' as it accelerates, hits
your target (heavy bag or target mitts) and recovers. You should
feel as though you almost pull the punch. As quick as you snap the
jab to the target, quickly bring it back to the on guard position.
Now that you've worked on proper range and
'snapping' your jab from a static position, add some footwork and
rhythm to your jabs. Step into your jab going forward and back and
side-to-side. Shoot the jab as your left foot (or right foot if you
are a southpaw) lands. Concentrate on making sure you punch and get
out. Increase your hand speed by throwing double and triple jabs (2
or 3 jabs consecutively). Focus on speed and accuracy; leave power
for a later session.
At all times when working your jab, remember to
keep your opposite (free) hand up high in the guard position.
Protect yourself at all times.
Aim your jabs head high in the middle to top third
of the bag. The bag should swing slightly away from you without
spinning. If the bag begins to spin too much this means you are
pushing your punches. Remember to snap, snap, snap!
Try a few rounds on the Heavy Bag, just throwing
the left jabs. Keep moving in all directions.