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Right hook

Guidance helps you avoid mistakes, uncover what you don’t know, and shorten the time to mastery.

If what you wanted was to learn more about this punch we call the hook, congratulations you are here.

Unlock your right hooks potential!

I want to extend to you all of my knowledge and more of what there is to know about the right hook. How to throw it, when to use it, and which right hook I’m talking about.

Less stress and more fun!

What is the right hook 

What it isn’t, it’s not a cross

It is a power punch, a horizontal punch going across your body with the elbow at a 90° angle.

The power is generated from the weight of your body being transferred through your hips.

Aim for the head or the body. Its use is limited because of the angle it comes from.

Which one I’m talking about

Orthodox fighters use right hooks less. It is a short punch, to begin with, and the punch starts from behind you with your backhand.

Southpaws will use this punch alot more, their lead hand will throw alot of check hooks.

Which one am I talking about? My Orthodox brothers and sisters this one for you.

How to throw a right hook

Set up in your boxing stance, obvious right. Cool! 

Next, feel your weight placed evenly between your legs. Our first objective is to successfully transfer our weight through our hips by pivoting our back foot.

Pivot on the balls of your feet like you are squishing a bug. Drive your toes into the ground as you pivot.

Lock the whole right side of your body from the toes to the knees leading to the hips and core.

The right hand will release from your body at the same time, turn your elbow up to the sky until the palm is facing down.

The punch shouldn’t be curving in towards your body or extending your elbow like a straight punch. Find a happy medium between those two positions.

Never overextend on this punch swinging all the way across your body, it should stop about midline with your body.

Bring it back, again starting with the toes in the ground swivel back with the body locked and the hand returned to the face with the elbow tucked.

Recap, shit your weight to the front leg by pivoting, whip the right side across to the midline of your body and back, keep that elbow up in a 90°, and it’s up to you how you hold your thumb.

How to use it

After learning how to throw it, when to use it is just as important.

In a fight, there are three zones you can be in. Red, yellow, and green. Depending on what zone you are in determines the way you throw the hook.

What do these zones indicate? Our distance from our opponent.

Red zone, like a traffic light it means stopped, there is no action going on here and the reason for this is because you are too far out of range to do anything but catch your breath.

Yellow zone, yielding but the foot is ready to push on the gas in case you see an opening. Here you have your hands up ready for action. The right hook is a long-distance punch at this range.

You may extend your arm farther out to reach, but keep aim with your knuckles and not your palms. 

No slap fights here.

The best option is to aim for the body, there is a better chance you hit a bigger target compare to the smaller target their head.

Green Zone, it’s go time you are in the mix! Hands pasted on the face, elbows tight, this zone is recommended for some prime-time hooks, putting water in the basement, or catching an opening upstairs.

After your done with your attack dip out or slip to a side and re-adjust your angle to avoid their counter.

When to use it

The best time to use it is when you are close. Inside fighting is a term used for close range and the punch used most is the hook.

But let’s say we aren’t always in close or maybe that’s not our fighting style. Can we still use it?

Yes, start with a combination to lead up to the hook. If you start with just the hook they will see it coming. 

Another situation if you arent in close is, your opponent is on the attack. When they step into a jab time it and counter over the top with a right hook.

Thumb up or down

The last thing you will want to know Is my thumb up or down when I punch.

Personally, I like my thumb up using a long-range shot, and thumb down when I’m looking for more snap on my punch on the inside.

Gennady Golovkin has his thumb down and Canelo Alvarez has his thumb up. Both effective and respectable fighters.

It’s up to you.


I’ve heard some debate that this punch doesn’t have much use. My argument against the naysayers is to learn when to use it. It’s most effective inside or coming off a combination.

Learn your distance, this is key because hooks also take up alot of energy to throw. A big part of boxing is not wasting movement, that means not throwing punches you know aren’t going to land.

To fully unlock your right hook lock the right side of your body as you throw it, the power comes from the legs shifting your body weight. An arm punch will look looping and feel like a slap instead of a solid thud.

Shadowbox this movement and get the form right before hitting a heavy bag.