|Over the last few years
we have given tips, and combinations to practice on the target Mitts
- Sometime its good to go back to the basics. Here are some common
mistakes when working on the mitts, and how to correct them.
There are two roles when working the target
mitts, the catcher and the puncher. The catcher calls out the punch
combinations, and sets the pace of the workout.
Common Mistakes and Tips:
Mistake: The puncher is standing too close
to the catcher, thereby not being able to execute the punches
Tip: The catcher should remind the puncher to back up after
throwing a punch or series of punches. Punch and get out.
Mistake: The catcher holds the target mitts
with straight arms.
Tip: The catcher must keep the arms slightly bent at the
elbow joint, allowing the arms to absorb the punch. Remember to move
the mitt forward slightly to meet the incoming punch. Straight arms
will increase the chance of joint injury for the catcher.
Mistake: Throwing punches too hard.
Tip: The use of target mitts is to improve technique, speed,
accuracy and reaction time. Greater power comes from better
technique. Save the hard punches for the heavy bag.
Mistake: The catcher and the puncher are
not working together. The catcher may not be focused on the puncher
and placement of the punches. The puncher throws punches and does
not wait for instructions from the catcher.
Tip: The catcher should have a game plan. If you are the
coach, everything must be in your control. Be aware of what is going
on. You set the tempo. Communicate clearly the combination you want
For some Target mitt basics check out Boxing drill
#5 from the Jan 2004 issue, for Advanced drills check out - Boxing
drill # 9 July 2004 issue, and Boxing Drill # 30 May 2006, in the
News letter archives.
For more tips on Jumping rope - check out
drill # 5: Target Mitt Basics from January 2004 News
drill # 9: Advanced Drills from July 2004 News letter
drill # 30: Boxing Drill from May 2006 News letter