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Swivels Expert Advice
Wondering what you need in a swivel? This page helps to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
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What swivel is right for my speed bag and platform?
There are three major types of swivels that you can choose from, each offer different benefits.
The most affordable swivel available is the ball hook. It is an S shaped piece of metal or plastic that connects with the swivel body on one end, and your bag on the other. These ball hook swivels are very easy to attach to most platforms and can be easily replaced in case of breakage. The S hook provides nice rebound and freedom of movement, although is a bit noisier then other choices.
A highly durable alternative to the S hook is the chain link swivel. This style features a steel chain link that attaches to a ball bearing powered swivel base. The chain link style provides fast rebound and can be trusted for heavy, repeated use.
The newest brand of swivel is EZ Lock/Mexican style swivel. These utilize a U-shaped piece of metal that is closed with a pushpin device and is attached to a ball bearing style swivel base. These are gaining in popularity due to the ease of which you can put speed bags on and off them.

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Do I need a platform or can I just use a swivel?
It is possible to buy a swivel and simply attach it to your ceiling or a similar wooden post. However, most people ultimately have bad experiences with this as the height rarely works out and the bag has nothing solid to rebound off of. It is highly recommended that you purchase a speed bag platform in addition to a swivel and a bag.

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Should my swivel be able to swing in any direction, or just back and forth?
Although it would seem best if the speed bag were limited to pure front and back movements, many boxers prefer to allow a circular flexibility. This twisting goes with the natural movements of punching and keeps the rebound of the bag going. Furthermore, it challenges your technique to improve as wayward strikes can ruin the trajectory of the bag. Most swivels are built with the ability to spin.

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Will my bag fit with a Mexican style swivel?
Some boxers have noticed difficulty in fitting their speed bags onto Mexican style swivels. The reason why is that the Mexican Swivel has a tighter formed metal loop that is designed to better keep the bag in place. When the bag fits, the design is to the boxers advantage. However, there are a few bag models that feature very wide leather loops to fit over swivels and are difficult to slide into the Mexican loop. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be able to trim the loop down or loosen the material enough to pack it in, but it is best to consider this possibility before purchase.
Most speed bags fit fine, but if your bag has a noticeably wide loop, take that into consideration.

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How do I open a chain link style swivel to attach my speed bag?
Chain link style swivels require a small amount of work to open. It is recommended that you keep a pair of snap ring pliers handy, but regular pliers will work as well. Secure and remove the metal side pieces and use the pliers to pry open the chain link. Once the speed bag is placed on the bottom link, reverse the process and place the link back on your swivel base.

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Are there any tips for improving bag contact with the swivel?
A small amount of electrical or duct tape can go a long way in securing your bag to your swivel. For S hooks, some boxers like to place a small piece of tape over the hook opening just in case they miss-hit their bag in an upward direction, thus causing an improbable but still possible launching of the bag off the hook. People who use chain link and EZ Lock bags like to secure the bag loop to the metal so that it avoids any popping motions during striking. Popping can cause a loss of bag momentum and is easily prevented by securing the loop to the metal.

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You might also need...
The two major things you might need in addition to a swivel is a good speed bag and platform. Many platforms come with swivels, so if you are in the market for one of those be sure to check if a swivel is included.

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