Okay, so I hit the heavy bag this morning for the first time in quite a while. I was originally planning on running, but rain changed my mind (okay, so I’m a wuss – I just don’t like starting out when it’s raining AND cold AND dark out).
My first question is this: Where should the bag be vertically, relative to me? I’m 5’11", and the top of my bag (100lb bag, TKO bran) is at chin level, and the D-rings are at throat level. When I hit the bag at what’s a comfortable level for me, it ends up right about where the bottom of the straps for the D-rings are sewn on the bag. This also gets the bag swinging in a wierd way, which dosn’t happen if I hit lower. Am I just striking too high?
Second question: I’m going for that “pop” sound when I hit the bag (using bag gloves), but I still get a lot of swinging from the bag. My hand and foot speed is pretty pathetic, which may be contributing. Can any one diagnose a problem with this? Is this also related to the bag position?
As you can tell, I don’t do the bag often, and I’ve got a long way to go before I’d even call myself a neophyte. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.