Originally Posted By: MattJ
Miguel, I'm assuming you're talking about how boxers hit the speed bag?

Yup, exactly.

Originally Posted By: MattJ
I've heard it's more of a shoulder conditioning exercise than anything directly related to punching technique,...


Originally Posted By: MattJ
...but I don't really see the point, myself.

If so, I'd also be of the opinion that it's a waste of time. There are much better ways to condition the shoulders, and IMO it does nothing useful for one's punching.

Originally Posted By: MattJ
I don't consider speed-bag training very useful.

In isolation, perhaps. Combined with other bag work (double-ended bag, heavy bag) IMO it's very good indeed in developing speed and coordination, PROVIDED you're punching in a rational manner.
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