Boxing hooks - to twist or not to twist?
Hi all! I'm a new amateur boxer, being only three months introduced to the sport and one fight into my competitive record. Naturally, I have a great many things to learn. Unfortunately, a technique I've always took for granted has been recently brought under criticism, albeit from a coach whose qualifications I can't confirm, so I thought to ask the Bullshido community.
Before my first amateur bout, during my warm-up, a coach from another gym (not the gym of my opponent, mind you) stopped me. He told me that there was a problem with my left hook. It came as somewhat as a surprise to me; though my experience is limited, I'd always considered my left hook to be my Sunday punch. Every trainer I'd ever worked with had nothing but positive things to say about it. Still, I thought it always good to hear a fresh opinion, so I bit: "What's wrong with it?" "Your [left] foot," he said. "You're twisting it. And your head's going with it. You're gonna get hit like that."
This struck me. Just a week prior to the fight, a veteran fighter at my gym told me I needed to work on always watching my opponent. He said my eyes tended to drift away from my target, and he demonstrated the implications of my mistake by boxing me about the head whenever I took my eyes off him (needless to say, I've been trying to address the issue in my training!). That this unknown coach would unknowingly echo the veteran's warning gave him a kind of credibility in my eyes, which made his advice all the more concerning.
You see, from day one I was taught to hook with that twist specifically mentioned. It was something I took time to practice when I shadow-boxed at home. "Don't wind up - rotate your body explosively and use your arm as a whip. Plant your feet and put out the cigarette" - that was the counsel of my trainer.
It was too early to make adjustments for the fight (I won, if anybody cares :OpenMouth:), but as soon as I returned to training, I did some experimentation. I found that the turning of my head was indeed inseparable from the ankle turn, but that my eyes could still watch my opponent. I also found that a planted, static foot made my rotation feel slow - not a snappy motion at all. But that could be just an illusion or lack of practice. I don't want to reinforce bad habits by continuing to throw the hook incorrectly! Please, could someone well-versed in boxing help me?