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Wondering what you need in a speed bag? This page helps to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
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What size speed bag is right for me?
When choosing a speed bag the most important decision to make is size. The size of the bag has a great effect on the speed, rebound, and striking surface available to you.
Bigger bags have a larger surface area and can thus be hit more routinely. However, smaller bags tend to rebound quicker and can provide faster training.
Also consider the details of make and model when shopping. Some bags have an added attachment loop on the bottom to convert it into a double end bag.
Beginners generally prefer larger bags as it increases the sweet spot for you to strike. Easier to hit = less frustration and more training. Experienced boxers tend to prefer smaller, quicker bags that allow them to hone their speed and accuracy to a fine degree.

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How high should I hang the bag?
Most boxers recommend that you hang your speed bag up at mouth level. This provides a natural feel and keeps the arms working at proper angles. You want to be punching the fattest part of the bag (aka the belly), so having it too low could be problematic in that area. If your speed bag is too high however you will begin to feel unnecessary strain in your arms and neck.

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How much should I inflate my bag?
Inflating your bag properly is key to good, safe training. One problem that many beginners face is over-inflation. When a bag is too inflated it becomes stiff and can often hurt the hands.
When inflating your bag, make sure you keep going until all the wrinkles in the material have been pushed out. However, be certain that you can press the bag with both thumbs and feel it depressing. If you cannot press the bag or are struggling to do so, you may have over-inflated it. If you have under-inflated the bag you'll notice a lack of good rebound, so simply add a bit more until you get the feel you want. Under-inflating is also a good strategy just in case your bag is going a bit too fast for you to keep up.

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How do I use a maize ball?
The maize ball is an interesting and inexpensive way to add variety to your training routine. As opposed to a speed bag where the goal is to strike with rhythm and timing, the maize bag swings freely back and forth on a much longer chain. This swinging provides you the opportunity to practice head movement to avoid being struck by the bag and also helps you work on foot movement and shadow boxing.
The maize bag can be used for hitting practice but is more frequently used as a mobility and reactionary tool.

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What is a speed bag made out of?
Speed bags consist of an outer protective wall and an internal bladder which helps provide springiness. Most speed bags are constructed out of leather to protect the bladder as much as possible, and some even feature a double wall (these tend to be a bit more expensive, but add a level of durability for practitioners who train often).

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You might also need...
If you train in speed bag for long enough you may need a replacement bladder. This is a great way to save money and avoid having to buy a whole new bag. Also be sure to shop around for different kinds of swivels. Finally don't neglect the safety of your hands - buy proper handwraps to keep your skin in good condition.

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