If you’ve decided to take up boxing, you will need the proper equipment. Boxing gloves are usually the first thing that comes to mind. There are generally two types: bag gloves to hit the punching bag and sparring gloves to spar with an opponent. The construction and size of these gloves are the most important attributes you will be looking for when selecting the proper gloves for yourself.
Construction of the Bag Glove
Considering the many gloves available today, usually the cheaper they are, the worse the quality. Bag gloves must cover your hand entirely, meaning no finger-less or thumb-less gloves. The padding should be fairly condensed and should contour your hand when you make a fist. A Velcro closure makes the glove much easier to put on and take off. The best gloves have a Velcro strap that goes all the way around the wrist to provide added support.
Sizing Your Bag Gloves
When selecting bag gloves, take a look at the size of your hands first. If you are a woman with small hands, choose 8-ounce gloves. These are generally the smallest gloves made, so this size also works for young boxers. Twelve-ounce gloves are best for a woman with longer fingers or a teenager. Fourteen-ounce gloves work well for a man with smaller hands or a woman with larger hands. If you are a man with large hands, opt for 16-ounce gloves. Some companies even make 18-ounce gloves, but these are only appropriate for those with basketball player-sized hands.
Size of Glove Effecting Performance
Many years ago it was thought that if you hit the punching bag with larger gloves, your hands would be faster wearing smaller gloves when you compete. We have learned that heavier gloves make you throw punches a bit slower, so they train you to throw slow punches. It is best to get gloves that properly fit your hands when you punch the bag. You’ll be less distracted trying to keep your hands from floating in the gloves and more focused on your actual punches.
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