Types of bag

There are different types of punching bags, with different names based on their size, use and mounting method. Almost all punching bags are covered with leather, or synthetic materials such as vinyl that resist abrasion and mildew. Canvas is also used as a bag material where there is lower use and humidity. Speed bags are small, air-filled bags anchored at the top to a rebound platform parallel to the ground. Speed bags help a fighter learn to keep his hands up, improve hand-eye coordination and learn to shift weight between feet when punching. They are also known as SpeedBalls or Speed Ball Bags. They are generally filled with air (mostly) and fitted around a tight PU based or other leather material. They come in various sizes, ranging from the large 13x10, 12x9, mid size 11x8, 10x7, 9x6, and small 8x5, 7x4, 6x4. Generally the larger the bag, the slower it is and the more force is required to keep it going. Large bags are used more for strength and endurance, while smaller bags focus on faster hand speed, timing and coordination. Beginners might view this bag more as a "control bag", not a speed bag, for they will never go punch fast repetitively until they gain control over their swinging force and speed. A boxer normally hits the speed bag from the front with his fists, but it is also possible to use fists and elbows hitting the bag from all around the bag, including the front, back and sides. In this method the user may perform many diverse punching combinations that create improvised rhythmic accents. Although speed bags are normally hung horizon

ally, recently the additional method of hanging a bag vertically on a wall has regained popularity. This was very popular during the early 1920-1940 era. The same punching skills may be used on the vertical bag that are used when it hangs horizontally. Swerve balls / floor to ceiling balls / Double End Bags are almost the same as Speed balls with the only difference that the bag size shape and material may be different and that the cable system is attached to the ceiling and a clip on the floor - when the boxer places any motion on the ball, it tightly reacts by swinging fast towards them, the object is to swerve, punch, dodge and learn about co-ordination. The harder and faster they are hit - the more they rebound and react in different motions of angles, thus giving greater practice to the fighter.[1][2] Double-end bags or Focus bags are light, round bags, often anchored to floor and ceiling with elastic or semi-elastic materials. These types of bags are used to practice mobility and accuracy on a moving target.[1][2] Maize bags or Slip bags are not punched with great force but are used in boxing training to improve the athlete's head motion and ability to evade an opponent's punch, their name deriving from the fact that traditionally they are filled with maize. A heavy bag is a larger, cylindrical bag, usually suspended by chains or ropes for practicing powerful body punches, and can be used to toughen hands, or any other limb used to hit the bag.[1][2] Heavybags are for developing power; technique is best learned on the punch mitts or pads.[4]