People get excited about punch power. But fighters who can throw more punches than their opponent usually win the day.
You don’t need some innate, natural-born talent to have fast hands. As with every other aspect of boxing, you develop fast hands through deliberate training. It takes time. But before the training, you should have a good quality everlast punching bag (Which is also called ‘ everlast boxsack ’ in German) and punching gloves for your safe and comfortable practice.
And like many other aspects of boxing training, you need to train your mind as well as your body.
Think Fast and Stay Relaxed
Many people think that simply being able to punch fast results in fast hands in the ring. But in reality, what we call fast hands begins in the head.
First, forget about throwing hard punches, at least to begin with. If your mind focuses on punching for power, you tend to punch slow.
You want to get the punch off quickly, make accurate contact, and return to a guard position as fast as possible. Don’t think about doing damage. Think about trying to touch your opponent without being seen.
Second, learn to stay loose and relaxed. Please note that “relaxed” does not mean lazy or complacent. “Relaxed” means free of tension.
Don’t allow your shoulders to hunch, your biceps to tighten, or your fist to clench. Rather, keep your muscles and joints loose and free, ready to spring into action.
Third, make muscle memory your friend. You don’t want to be thinking about what punch to throw or what punch comes next in this combination. Train combinations as complete sequences, rather than a series of separate punches. The less time you spend thinking, the faster your punch will appear to be.