Guanti da sacco: quando usarli e quando no!

Bag gloves: when to use them and when not to!

Sui Bag gloves is open a debate very heated for quite some time. There are those who argue that they are indispensable for bag training, and there are those on the contrary who claim that they are useless, if not harmful. Let's see why the Bag gloves divide so deeply not only beginners, but also very experienced athletes and instructors.

How are the Bag gloves

First, let's try to understand what the Bag gloves, and how they differ from the Boxing gloves traditional (10 oz, 12, oz, 14, oz, etc.). I Bag gloves are lighter, weighing an average of 6 oz (approximately 170 grams) and are less paddedi. The difference in padding is mainly noticeable in the "hitting" part, because it is lighter, but at the same time flat and hard. The size of the sack gloves is variable (generally S, M, L), this is because unlike the Boxing gloves, which are one size fits all and are chosen according to their intended use (10 oz for fighting, higher ounces for sparring, and 8 oz for professional competitions: see also guide to choosing the Boxing gloves boxing), i Bag gloves must fit in the best way by adapting to the boxer's hand. Finally, the thumb is open and not padded, because one should not parry the opponent's blows and there is no risk of injury.

The advantages of using the Bag gloves

The above features help us outline a number of advantages of using the Bag gloves.

1. The lighter padding allows us to understand exactly how the fist is carried on the bag, and therefore whether one is hitting well or badly. This aspect is very important especially for beginning boxers, because by perceiving the blow better they learn to improve their technical approach and to correct any errors.

2. I Bag gloves are practically indestructible. Their flat, hard shape on the front allows for endless training sessions without the risk of damage. In contrast, when used at the bag, the Boxing gloves traditional ones tend to flatten in the cushioning foams and sag in the seams and upholstery. In other words, if we train at the bag with the Boxing gloves we greatly reduce their life...

3. Last but not least, the Bag gloves are very inexpensive: with little more than twenty euros it is possible to have a respectable product.

The disadvantages of using the Bag gloves

The main feature of the Bag gloves, the lightness due to less padding, we find that when used for long training sessions with very pulled and loaded strokes, we risk creating small and sometimes large trauma to the hands.

Parenthesis: the hands are the boxer's weapons, and they must always be preserved in the best way possible. If after a bag training session with mittens the hands are particularly sore, it means we have loaded too much. For this type of training it is good to use sparring gloves. It may also be that we are using the wrong bag, and for this I invite you to read the guide to choosing the Heavy bag.

Their lightness is criticized because with the Bag gloves muscles are less stressed. True. If we want to strengthen arm muscles, it is better to choose sparring gloves (12, 14, 16, 18 oz) if we want to simulate fighting, the best choice are the Boxing gloves 10 oz.

Final considerations.

I Bag gloves are a very technical training tool; they are mainly used to work on setting and accuracy of strokes. For this reason they are excellent for beginners (possibly with instructor supervision) and for a light training. They are not suitable for unloading blows heavily on the bag, for this type of training it is always better to use sparring gloves. Therefore, for bag training they are not an alternative but complementary tool to the Boxing gloves. Regardless of the type of glove you use, always remember to wear hand bandages.

Alternatives to the Bag gloves

A good alternative to the Bag gloves are the MMA gloves, which weigh an average of 4 oz and allow for a similar type of training. Absolutely not recommended are karate and fit boxing gloves, as they are too light and brittle.