What is a Haymaker Punch?

What is a Haymaker Punch? (Everything You Need to Know)

What is a haymaker punch?

Haymaker punch is kind of a hook punch, where you put all your power into starting from your legs to gather momentum and strength, in the hope of knocking your opponent out. The downside of haymaker is that it might leave you open for a counter.

In this post we will go through everything you need to know about the haymaker punch starting from how to throw one, whether should you use it, and how it’s used in boxing.

What is a haymaker punch?

Haymaker punches can be divided into two different categories.

The first category is the untrained fighters, who will swing with all their strength and momentum in an attempt to knock out their opponents.

The second category of haymaker punches is from professional boxers, who kind of use the same idea as untrained fighters.

When throwing a haymaker punch, you try to gather as much force to the one punch as possible. This is to attempt to knock your opponent out in just one punch.

The downside of a haymaker punch is that when you gather the momentum and throw the punch, you will leave yourself open for a counterattack.

Due to the nature of the punch, which is pretty streamlined and straight, it can be easily predicted, dodged, and countered.

Therefore, haymaker could be best done with a distraction, or if you see your opponent trying something where haymaker could be a good counter.

In street fights, haymaker punches can be really dangerous. It can knock a person out in just one punch. They might hit their head hard after they fall and that might end badly.

How to throw a haymaker punch?

When throwing a haymaker punch, the movement starts from your feet. It is like throwing a hook, but with more force and commitment.

You can throw the haymaker slightly from above your opponent’s guard.

I will link a video below with proper instructions on how to throw a haymaker punch. (I am not the creator of this video)

Why untrained fighters use haymaker punches?

The reason why the haymaker punch is so popular among untrained fighters is that it is most of the time the “natural way” of punching when you don’t know what you are doing.

You just swing around, trying to punch as hard as possible.

It can hardly be called a punch or even a haymaker punch, since the technique may vary so much from person to person.

Punches from untrained people that remind something of a hook are typically called haymakers, even though the real haymaker punch is far from those.

Is haymaker punches good for street fights?

To start this off, let’s just say that you should not be fighting on the streets in the first place.

However, if you do find yourself in a street fight situation, haymaker punches are one of the worst things you can do for yourself, as well as for your opponent.

The reasons for that are:

  • You leave yourself open for a counter punch while performing the “haymaker punch” since you really have to commit to it and it can be easily predicted.
  • You can do serious damage to your opponent if you successfully land the haymaker punch. They might hit their head and become vegetables for the rest of their lives. You pay for that.

Therefore, trying to talk yourself out of the situation is always the first and best option.

If that is not possible, trying to choke your opponent out can cause the least amount of damage. Alternatively, getting them on a joint lock can force them to stay still, until you get some help.

Is haymaker punch powerful?

Haymaker punches are powerful, however, they can be really slow and easy to predict.

It takes a lot of commitment to throw a haymaker punch with a lot of force. You can leave yourself open for a counterpunch for a millisecond too long.

They are powerful and they can be used as the finishing blows in a boxing match.

Why is it called “Haymaker punch”?

The haymaker punch comes from the looks and the motion of the punch, which resembles the motion when cutting hay by swinging the scythe.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, the term “haymaker punch” can have several different meanings, depending on the situation.

When untrained fighters throw “hooks” with all their strength, they can be referred to as haymakers.

However, in professional boxing, there is a big difference between the haymaker punch and a regular hook.

Read also: What is a superman punch?

Hopefully, this was helpful, have a wonderful day!

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