How to Wrap Your Hands

July 8, 2011 July 8, 2011 by Johnny N Boxing Basics, How to Box 166 Comments

How to Wrap Your Hands

Learn how to wrap your hands to increase punching power and prevent injury. I learned this from Wildcard Boxing gym. Tested and approved by the pros.


Why Wrap Your Hands?

Then handwrap’s purpose is to protect a boxer’s most important weapon, his hands! The hands are made up of many small joints and small bones that could easily fracture from the impact of repeated punches. Handwraps are there to hold your hand together providing support for your wrists, fingers, knuckles, and the entire hand itself.

Many people incorrectly think handwraps are for extra cushion or protection for your knuckles.

The handwrap’s purpose is NOT to cushion the impact; that’s what the boxing gloves are for.

The handwraps are there to secure all your loose joints and moveable bones. The handwrap fastens all your joints together so the shock is better distributed across your entire hand. You don’t want your joints to be moving freely and independently when the hand strikes an object. You can suffer a fracture if joints are moving in their own direction.

A properly wrapped hand
will tighten into a solid fist when the hand is closed.

If your hands are loose when you punch, it’s very easy for small joints in your hand to collapse over each other and break. Even if you don’t break your hand, you don’t want to risk hand injuries that prevent you from doing other things in life like typing on a computer, holding a pen, or carrying things. Save your hands for life after boxing!


How to Wrap Your Hands

You will need a pair of handwraps. A good length is 180″, but small hands can do with just 120″. The semi-elastic, also known as “Mexican wraps” are my favorite for their comfort and performance. You should avoid any thick inelastic handwraps or handwrap gloves, these do not offer the same level of support. (The gel handwraps do not tighten your fist when you close your hands.)



1. Loop the thumb and wrap BEHIND the hand

loop the thumb, down the back

You go down the back of the hand so the handwrap tightens when you make a fist.


Don't roll down the front

If you run the wrap down the front of the hand, the handwrap loosens when you make a fist.  It’s annoying to have to re-wrap midway through your workout.


2. Three times around the wrist

three times around the wrist

This provides support for the wrist. If you have short handwraps or big hands, you can do just 2 times. Some fighters like having loose wrists (for angled hooks and uppercuts).

3. Three times around the hand

wrap the hand

You’re wrapping around the palm of your hand. Don’t worry so much about covering the knuckles.

back of the thumb

Bring it down to the back of your thumb.


4. Three X’s through the fingers

Now you begin to create X’s on the back of your hand as the handwrap goes between your fingers and crosses the back of your hand. This part pulls your knuckles together for support but keeps your knuckles separated so they don’t collapse or break over each other.

wrap between your ring and pinky

Wrap between your pinky and ring fingers.

Now over to the side.

first x

Now down to the bottom of your hand. The handwrap forms an “X” on the back of your hand.

Now back to the top of your thumb again.

between the middle and ring

Now between the middle and ring fingers.

The second “X” is formed.

Back to the top of the thumb and now between index and middle fingers.

Now the third and final “X” is formed. All fingers properly separated.

top of the thumb again
Finish on top of the thumb.

5. Around the thumb

around the thumb

Go once around the thumb.

down the back of the hand

Now go down the back of the hand.

6. Lock the thumb

over the thumb

Go behind the thumb…pay attention carefully to the next step.

thumb lock

Go down the palm instead of wrapping all the way around the thumb. This further secures the thumb and locks the handwrap into place so it doesn’t get loose while you fight. (Notice how the handwrap changes directions.) 

7. Three times around the knuckles

around the knuckles

Now go around the knuckles.


8. Extra wraps and finish at the wrist

extra wraps

If you still have extra wraps left over you can do some more “X’s” around the back of your hand.

wrap the knuckles

You can also wrap the knuckles some more. Don’t wrap so thick that your hand won’t fit in the gloves.

proper handwrap

Finish at the wrist. You can secure the velcro right on the wrist for maximum wrist support. Some boxers like to finish above the wrist so their hand can bend a little more for hooks and uppercuts.

Congratulations! A perfect handwrap. Isn’t she beautiful? Go ahead, admire your work, make a fist.

proper handwrap

A perfect handwrap
will tighten your fist when you close your hand.

Handwrap Tips

  • Everything should feel good. The hand is relaxed when you’re not making a fist, and tightens when you close your hand. If your hands hurt after just 30 minutes or your fingers are turning white, it’s probably too tight. There are many ways to wrap your hands. As long as you’re protecting your hands and properly securing the bones together, that’s all that matters. 
  • Tight Wrist vs Loose Wrist. Some fighters love throwing more powerful straights and will concentrate more wrapping right on the wrist. (Some fighters will put one layer of tape around their wrists right before wrapping their hands for a stiff right hand.) Other fighters want less wraps on their wrists to allow more flexibility for hooks and uppercuts.
  • Professional fighters do wrap their hands a bit differently. They use longer wraps and add extra padding for their knuckles. The need the added protection because of how hard they punch and how long they’ve been boxing for.
  • Thanks to Pepper Roach (Freddie Roach’s brother) from Wildcard Boxing Gym for teaching me this. After learning 3-4 other ways of wrapping my hands over the years, I have to admit this method is my favorite. I call it the “X-method with the thumb-lock”. 

Wrapping the hands is every boxer’s daily ritual. It’s the ten minutes where every athlete/student/office worker transforms into a boxer. Do it right to protect your hands for use inside and outside of the ring.


For those who keep asking, these are my favorite handwraps!
(180″ semi-elastic stretch cotton)

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spyros July 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm

agree that this is the best method for wrapping hands. Much detailed and understandable!


Imtiaz July 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Very useful, secures your hand perfectly. Nice guide 🙂


Radd July 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

No more phantom 🙂
In the end we saw your face bro 🙂 Again very helpful article and with the pictures and videos its wonderful. Sometimes things are too complicated when try to tell with words and one image can tell everything easily. Best source on the web about boxing, i learn a lot from you, keep up the brilliant work up.


Jeni July 9, 2011 at 12:36 am

I have small hands, and consequently my wraps have always looked like a ball of sweaty cotton candy jammed at the end of my arms. This method is better.


Leo July 9, 2011 at 12:38 am

I have been waiting on this topic for awhile because I knew I was doing it wrong. I can not wait to try it out!

Thanks alot!


Johnny N July 9, 2011 at 6:05 am

@Radd – no more phantom! More detailed videos to come, guys.

@everyone – I’m glad you guys liked it. More stuff to come!


sss July 10, 2011 at 7:16 am



Ales July 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

finally I saw your face 😉 you are handsome, man!!!
it is weird to not know your teacher’s face
keep up the good work!!


mingsy the cat July 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

closing fist while wrapping around the fist?
my trainer tought me to close my fist while making wraps around my knuckles and wrist. And open in only in wraping X’s around my fingers and around the thumb, so that i will have a secure wrap around the fist. how true is this statement? or it does not matter wether closed or not?

Also can you make a guide on hand wrapping with the use of tapes for professional boxers? my friend tried to use tapes instead of hand wraps and ends up broking his fist. thanks


Johnny N July 11, 2011 at 7:13 am

@everyone – you’re welcome

@Ales – 😉

@mingsy the cat – I guess you’ll just have to try it both ways and see. I like having my hands open because it feels more snug and makes a tighter fit. I don’t know how to wrap for professional boxers because I’ve never needed it.


ANGEL January 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

Great website been following for a while and you got very good points and topics, is hard to teach and motivate at the same time I use your website to have my fighters doing researching and learning, thanks for your time and your insights in boxing. Again thanks and keep it up.


Shand July 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

Oh boy… I thought I had a good way to wrap my hands, but this one if way better. I even did the first step wrong haha, that’s why my wraps became loose sometimes… thanks a lot for this.


Alex July 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

the best hand wrap guide on the web! Thanks


Johnny N July 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

LOL @ Shand.

Thanks, Alex!


Wills Sung July 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

this line “It’s the ten minutes where every athlete/student/office worker transforms into a boxer.” really, really hit me. Right here *points to heart*.
I never really thought about it like that. I usually put on my wraps with such haste that each time is a lil different but always sloppy.

Fantastic article again. You seldom find people who post instructional articles/videos with so much heart.

Thanks again, mate.


Luke from Oz July 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Absolutely mint guide, now I can wrap my hands properly and the guys I box with have learnt from me… Legend, the site is super informative… all round winnner!


Johnny N August 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

@Wills Sung – Putting on the handwraps was always the moment I became a warrior. It’s nice to see others sharing the same view. Thank you.

@Luke from Oz – thanks, Luke!


grindo August 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

dont we need more wrist support at the end?


Johnny N August 7, 2011 at 6:01 am

@grindo – yes, you can definitely put more on your wrist if you like having more wrist support. I was wrapping my left hand so I like having it loose for left hooks and left uppercuts. You can wrap more around the wrist and/or also put one loop of tape around your wrist before wrapping your hands. That will keep that wrist nice and tight for those straight shots.


max August 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

Ive been waiting for this since ive started reading a year ago. Great work!! I am so grateful. Keep it up.


Johnny N August 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

@max – I’m glad it was worth the wait. I hope you kept your hands wrapped all that time. haha.


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Steve August 14, 2011 at 12:42 am

Love it!
I Love this wrap, it makes my hands feel like clubs at the end of my arms they’re so secure!


J August 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

Too tight/loose?
Hi Johnny,

Thank you for all these great articles.

I’m new to boxing and just got my first hand wraps. I’m not sure how tight the hand wraps should be. Is it normal to have many hand wrap lines on my hands when I take them off? Does wrapping your hand tighter protect your hand more? Should I be pulling the wraps against my hand, be simply placing them on my hands, or using an amount of pressure in between?

Thank you for all your help!


Sophie December 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

My son’s boxing coach says he likes to wrap my son’s hands very tight for a fight enough to make them “numb” so that he (my son) dosen’t feel any pain in case he injures them in the middle of fight. However, my son dosen’t like the feeling of the numbness because he hates not feeling how he is punching. He also feels his punches aren’t as strong and powerful. Who is correct….my son or his coach? Thanks for your help!


Johnny N December 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I agree with your son. He’s young and doesn’t have damaged hands so why wrap like they are [damaged]? As long as he’s using proper form and fighting with heart, I think he’ll be ok. Comfort has a lot to do with the fight performance, too. Wrapping too hard actually HURTS me…it’s not like they go numb right away.


Johnny N August 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

@J – just wrap your hands without trying to pull the wrap tight. Make it snug without any extra squeeze. The wrap will tighten itself once you make a fist, so when wrapping just keep it close. Wrapping tighter MIGHT make a harder fist but if you’re going too tight, your hand will go numb making it a little painful and weaker punches. Just make it snug and comfortable.


uso August 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

thank u again for this article what may be simple and nothing to some, little guys like me truly appreciate stuff like this.


Paul December 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

A very useful article.I’ve tried cheap Lonsdale gel gloves and couldn’t get on with them as the side of my hand started aching,then I switched to gel wraps.I’ve injured my thumb and every time I knock it my thumb aches and it takes a few days to get back to normal.After watching this I’m going to get a proper set of elasticated hand wraps like yours.I think the gym I go to should realy explain the importance of wraps and how to wrap properly.I will practice putting them correctly after reading this article.Thanks!


Johnny N December 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

You will definitely feel a difference with proper hand wraps. Let me know how it goes, Paul.


Gil December 8, 2011 at 8:08 am


Thanks for this. I do have a pair of gelwraps I use for light bag work before work in the morning. However, I do use the traditional ones for heavy bag work when I have more time on weekends.


Wiktor December 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

I tried many handwrap techniques (about 3-4) and this is far the best !



Nak Muay Farang January 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hello Johnny N,

The Expert Boxing website is by far the best and complete one out here. Thank you a lot for doing this – it is very helpful. Actually, I found your website while looking for Muay Thai Kickboxing info. I think it would be very nice if you decide to add Muay Thai section or blog sometime in the future. There are many Muay Thai websites but none of them as good and helpful as yours is, not even close. I’m sure if you start a Muay Thai website it’ll be greatly appreciated by many.

Thank you again and best regards,


Johnny N January 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi Nak,

Can you show me examples of the best Muay Thai/kickboxing sites you found? I’m curious to see what they talk about. I have no knowledge of kicking but I do have some Muay Thai friends. Thank you for the support and reading the site. It’s an honor to be a resource for other types of fighters!


tumppi March 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

After I read this article, I haven’t been suffering from wrist pains after throwing incorrect punch so thank you Johnny.


jason lain March 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Great instruction! If you like to roll up your handwraps you might want to check out the quick-wrap by visiting:

its a handy little gizmo….


Khaleem Ali April 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I love you man. (no homo) this way of wrapping is amazing. And your website is just great, keep up the good work!


tim April 13, 2012 at 5:43 am



Ali April 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

its very help full me bcz i am beginner and dont hve any boxing club near to me so i learning boxing from net but ur website help me in lot of things and one thing want to tell u i start boxing to see your tutorial and instruction and article .thnks for all these kind of things


J May 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm
Johnny N May 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I love these. They’re great for wrapping INSIDE your handwraps. They feel nice and offer good cushion but not much structural support for your fist (meaning, they don’t tighten your fist together very much when you punch).


Stan May 4, 2012 at 3:04 am

Once again Johnny you have come up with gold, awesome tutorial, thanks


J May 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

this technique is absolutely great, it helps me lock in my gauze if i choose to do so also, and just in case you dont have time to explain how to wrap with gauze for all the expertboxing supporters go here start at 5:00 and he will give you an idea of how to wrap with gauze works great, i admire this technique you also helped me save time before i had a hard time and they will always come loose, but not anymore now i can wrap both hands in less than two minutes,


Johnny N May 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Great resource, J! Thank you for the link.


Mick June 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

Thanks very much for this Johnny, clear instructions and useful pictures. I’m a beginner and this tutorial was really helpful,



mma June 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

is there anything wrong with using cloth wraps since when i went tog o buy them they were the only ones they had and does this method work if im putting on mma gloves or should i find a different technique?


Johnny N June 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I’m not an mma fighter so I won’t give you any advice there. The method above is for boxers using boxing handwraps and boxing gloves. I’m not sure what you mean by “cloth wraps”, but I use cotton.


Timmy Jean July 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

This Article changed my life, Like, forreal.


Amanda July 16, 2012 at 7:32 am

This is great! Got my bag, wraps n gloves on Saturday…started playing around with the wraps but i’m glad i found this site! didn’t know the wraps were supposed to go inbetween the fingers aswell! Can’t wait to get home n start practicing my wraps! Looking forward to not breaking or fracturing any of my boneys… 🙂 Thanks Johnny!! 🙂


70" wrap user (Beginner) August 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Can you make one that uses a 70″ wrap. I already bought these and I didnt know they had sizes, now all the instruction videos are using 108″ up. Please help, thank you.


Johnny N August 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

70″ is like a kid size I think. It’s not really possible to properly wrap your hands with something this short. I guess you could follow the guide but wrap it less around your wrist, and palm, and knuckles.


John August 21, 2012 at 7:05 am

Hi Johnny,

well although I have small hands, I bought 120″ wraps and for this wrapping technique are way to small.
I`ve tried wrapping less in wrist and knuckles but still no go…! There are way to small ! Can you please suggest any wrapping technique for boxing using 120″ wraps ?

Thanks in Advance for any reply.



Johnny N August 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

If the wraps are too small then the wraps are too small. Either you have to get longer wraps, or not be able to properly wrap your hand, or shrink your hand.

I believe only one of those options is a good one.


John August 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

shrinking the hands will do! ( I knew it that the wraps were good) !


Yeremia_muay Thai fan August 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

“Wrapping the hands is every boxer’s daily ritual. It’s the ten minutes where every athlete/student/office worker transforms into a boxer”

what a beautiful quote man..


aymcheerup September 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

hey johnny if you wer to wraps your hands with tape,gauze and would you do it? when i do it i usually grab a gauze first and tape it into my knuckles and a little bit tape on my wrist for extra protection then i do the 180 mex handwraps….


Johnny N September 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I will be making another guide on this for the fancy way of wrapping your hands. It’s only for amateur competition AND/OR if you’re a pro. For everyday amateur training, it’s really unnecessary.


gerard September 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

great website packed full of great info, my question isnt really about hand wrapping its more about hand strengthening i’ve been boxing for a few months now and wrap and use all of the correct equipment but still seem to have problems with hands after bag work and occasionally sparring which i’m sure is pretty normal was wondering what strength and condition exercises i can do to improve hand strength


Johnny N September 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

Sounds like you’re spending too much time on the heavy bag. 3-6 rounds a day should be the max.


The Freak September 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hand grippers, squeezing raquet or tennis balls, fingertip pushups, hanging from a chinning bar for extended periods, exercising on monkey bars aka horizontal ladders, pullups/chinups, using wrist rollers with a weight hanging by a rope, deadlifts and partial deadlifts or simply just holding a heavy weight, thumbless-grip reverse barbell curls, pinch gripping barbell plates, etc. There are tons of hand/wrist and forearm exercises out there. I’ve seen martial artist take cinder blocks and drop and catch them repeatedly with either both hands or single handed. Also any of the Olympic lifts are great for conditioning and strengthening hands but if you don’t wish to lift weights the other non-weights exercises are great also.


joanac September 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

i played rugby for 4 years , and now i decided to try boxe. but there’s a problem; my knucles really hurt and i almost can’t close my right hand , because i have more strenght in my right arm, i punch harder with right hand. i started boxing recently i don’t know if this is because i don’t wrap my hands properly or if it is because of the gloves i use (10oz) or if it is just because i’m not used to it… and i have small hands, that’s why i don’t know if i should buy 12/14/16oz gloves.
can someone help me? thank you


The Freak September 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

A puncher with small hands will quite often develop hand problems. Try placing a small sponge across your knuckles before wrapping your hands.


Johnny N September 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

10oz is way too small for regular bagwork. Please read my articles on boxing gloves and choose the size based on your body weight.


j October 6, 2012 at 1:40 am

sometimes i see fighters get athletic tape and tape just the wrist and knuckle, whats the motive for that?


Johnny N October 7, 2012 at 3:17 am

More support and/or more power. Sometimes people do things because that’s the way they learned it.


Bobby October 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Whats the best thing to do for sore knuckles? Specifically the pointer finger knuckle.


Johnny N October 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

I imagine it might be one or more of the following factors:
– ineffective hand wrapping method
– maybe you’re punching with bad technique
– maybe you’re training on the heavy bag too much
– maybe you’re injured (from one of the previous factors…or something else)


Robert M October 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hey Johnny

Great article as always. I have been a fan of your site long before I actually started boxing. I learned how to wrap my hands from this article in the beginning. But I have always had a problem. I use 16 oz gloves ( I’m 174 5’6″) and still when I punch the bag it feels like my hands don’t have enough protection form my knuckles. My jabs are fine and my right cross doesn’t worry me that much but when I through a hook or uppercut it feels like I don’t even have gloves on half the time. I know my for is right and I’m not hitting with my hand at an angle or any thing like that. And if any get any more wrap around my and if I won’t to close my fist or get my hand in the glove. Any tips that I have over looked?


Johnny N October 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

Throw your punches in slow motion and see what angle your wrist is bending at. Hooks and uppercuts can be tricky to throw at a safe angle on the heavy bag.


Robert M November 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

Hey Johnny

Thanks for the tip. I took a little while but I figured it out. I was wrapping my hands to tight. Thanks agen.


Gil October 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm


I have seen a couple of Youtube vids advising to not even use the thumb loop, as it will cut off the circulation in that area. What’s your take on this? Thanks..


Johnny N October 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Not true at all unless you’re wrapping your hands too tight in the first place. The loop releases a bit when your hand is relaxed in the glove and then tightens as you tighten to make a fist. You should not have any problems using the loop.


Gil October 19, 2012 at 7:14 am

Johnny..Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind


Alex October 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

What to think of Knuckle Guards to use under handwraps for better protection ?


Johnny N October 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Most people don’t need it but you can wear it if you like.


Josh November 21, 2012 at 5:44 am

Johnny I have a 120 handwraps , I am just before wrapping three times around the knuckles in the end… would I have to buy another handwraps or just change the handwrapping method ?


Johnny N November 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

You need longer handwraps, or change your wrapping method.


Josh November 21, 2012 at 5:45 am

I am just out*


Arthur December 1, 2012 at 1:01 am

Very nicely written, detailed article on how to wrap one’s hands 🙂 Even complete novices like me can get it in a couple of minutes.

You mentioned 2 lengths of wraps, the 120″ and the 180″, I found a couple of the 120″ kind here at home and tried using them for a trial session at a boxing gym 🙂 The wraps are indeed too short for my hands, but I played around with the wraps and I tried modifying what you taught. With the first 120″ wrap I concentrated on the part of the wrapping process that goes around each finger and still finishing it off at the wrist (no layer on the knuckles), then with a second 120″ wrap, I focused on wrapping the knuckles and the wrist 🙂 Any comments on this idea? I just thought of this since the longer wrap is 180″ anyway, so if I use 120″ + 120″, it’ll just be a little bit longer than the wrap you recommended (I just need to wrap the extra length a couple of times around my forearm, below the wrist)

I can afford to buy the 180″ inch wraps 🙂 I just didn’t want to waste the short wraps I found lying around the house.

Thanks for any thoughts you will share 🙂 I’ve been promoting your website to friends who are also trying to get into boxing.


Johnny N December 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

As long as you get the same results, I guess it doesn’t matter how you do it. But if it were me, I would use 180″ wraps for the convenience. Having to roll-up and wrap twice as many wraps every session would add up to many wasted hours.


Mike December 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thanks for the video – really helpful and useful technique.

I have a question for you though – I wrap up during practice, and we usually pair off so one person hits and the other person holds pads, then switch. Whenever I’m holding pads the straps on the backs of the pads start to pull off my handwraps, so by the end of the practice they’re starting to come off. Any suggestions? Am I wrapping too loosely?


Johnny N December 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

I really don’t know what’s going on because I don’t have that problem. I guess the only way to know for sure if you’re wrapping too loosely is to wrap it tighter and see what your results are.


Alex December 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

I sometimes find when i box with gloves that, because you can’t fully clench your fist right in like you can with a bare fist, because of the angle that my fingers are at, i.e. not fully curled round, there is sometimes extra strain put on my finger joints/knuckles when i punch. Do hand wraps get rid of this or reduce the risk of this? Or am I missing something? Thanks


Johnny N January 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Maybe your gloves need to be broken in a bit. I would also recommend trying other gloves to compare how they fit differently.


Kareem January 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I bought 180inch wraps from the boxing gym I started going to for $6, problem is that it doesn’t come with the loop.

Is having the loop crucial? And how do I do this kind of wrap without the loop?



Johnny N January 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I would go buy new hand wraps that come with a loop.


Mutahir January 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

Look at this baby……Love it……Thanks Johny


Yakira February 2, 2013 at 4:51 am

After you wrap your hands, is it mandatory to put on boxing gloves when fighting?
Ex. If you’re in a street fight can you wrap your hands and go or are the gloves required?


Johnny N February 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

I don’t think there are any rules in a street fight.


Aaron February 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Sir do you have boxing tips for street fights?^_^ and to protect your fist on a street fight without handwrap?


Johnny N February 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm

No, I don’t have any tips for streetfighting.


David February 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

Can I punch the bag while having handwraps or do I have to have gloves?


Johnny N March 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Gloves absolutely. Especially if you’re a total beginner.


velmurugan March 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

my grip hand is short icant do three time around the hand and wirst to complete it
is it ok


Michael March 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Thanks Johnny N,

I can still type with wraps on! Feels great, wish I knew about this years ago.


Tuan Nguyen April 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

Johny, I know that my hand is not big, but i don’t know why my 180″ handwrap is not long enough for me …. It always out when I get to the thumb lock part…


Johnny N April 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Then you need longer wraps? Or perhaps you need to use a different method that doesn’t wrap around the hand so many times.


Alex April 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Tuan, I bought a pair of elastic 180” Everlast hand wraps, and I think they’re shorter than my 120″ non-elastic ones — so I guess they’re supposed to be 180″ when they’re stretched out. But the problem is that if I wrap them too tight it hurts, and if I wrap them less thight they’re too short.

So if they’re elastic ones, maybe that’s the problem :p


Tuan Nguyen April 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm you mean this thing? Mine is not even elastic… guess i got the wrong hand wrap ~.~


Grand Admiral Gainz June 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Been trying and trying and still can’t get it right.


Johnny N June 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Try watching the video.


chris munz July 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hey thanks for having this up it helped me i feel so much more support using ur method…..jw am like 5’6 so i dont have big hands i use 108 wrap do u suggest i use a long one for more suppport cuz i do have wrist issues so i think i cud benefit from more protection what do u think?


Johnny N July 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

180″ is the standard length and what I recommend.


Moony July 11, 2013 at 8:38 am

Best instructions I’ve found online!

I ended up c&p it, removing the background, and fitting it on two pages so I can practice it whenever I have time.

Thanks! 🙂


Alex - Torra Scotia July 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Hi there, great guide and clear instructions. So good I have added a link to your guide from the hand wrap product page on our website. So many of our customers still need to learn the importance of proper hand wrapping Boxers and Martial artists alike.

I hope you don’t mind sharing your guide.

Torra Scotia Sports


Johnny N July 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

You’re more than welcome to link back to my site as often as needed. Good luck with your site, Alex!


Darryl Shannon August 22, 2013 at 6:11 am

Sir –

The pictures of how to wrap are great…..but how about the same pictures wrapping the right hand?
It may seem like a simple thing (just reverse), but it’s different.


Johnny N August 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I don’t want to re-take the photos (because I think it’s unnecessary for people to see the same images over and over) but if you need for your own personal collection, you’re welcome to download the images to your computer and flip them yourself.


Darryl Shannon September 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

You assume I know how to do that, eh Johhny?
But I have another question. I started hitting the heavy bag about 6 weeks ago.
My knuckles are a little sore afterwards. Does that probably mean
I’m not wrapping correctly, not enough padding in the gloves or something else?


Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

It’s either poor protection, poor technique, over-training, or some combination of the aforementioned. If you’re just starting out, take it easy and give it some time, Darryl.


Mike September 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

Hey. I dont box but i street fight more then i practice on a punching bag or in the ring, is it still good to wrap my hands? Past week just practicing on a bag i fractured my knuckles no wraps just ufc brand boxing gloves. So in a street fight the wraps will help prevent injury but will it also cushin the punches? Or could i just use alittle less wrap at the knuckles. I dont get on my pc often but my emails get sent to my phone so instead of replying here could you email me your response? Would be much appreciated.

Mike out.


Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

You need to wear handwraps in order to protect your hands. The handwraps are for securing the bones in place, the gloves are for cushioning the impact. Using both will help.


Ash Greymane September 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hello! Thank you so much for all of the information you provide on this website. I’m a 46 year old mother of two who bought a punching and speed bag set-up about seven years ago. I loved it. Trial and error (plus some tips from the kid across the street) eventually allowed me to hit the speed bag with relative accuracy. Only problem? Arthritis. I did know enough to get gloves, the wrong ones according to what I’ve read on your site, which explains a lot, lol. I had to give it up partially due to tearing my hands to pieces, partly to a move to a smaller home. A few weeks ago, I bought an item billed as a “reflex bag” at Wally-world; it has a heavy metal spring at the bottom, and flips around when punched. Small footprint, so we could set it up here in the house. My boys, ages 9 & 11, love this thing, as do I. There is an absolute “no glove, no use” rule here. Should I tape/wrap the kids’ hands before they use the bag? I was taken aback by the force with which my nine-year old hits this thing.

Your site is now on my toolbar; I finally have somewhere to look for instruction! This is one interest all three of us hold in common, whether the boys’ interest continues further or not, I don’t want them developing bad form and habits that will be difficult if not impossible for them to break later in life.

Again, thank you!


Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The reflex bag won’t offer too much impact so you can use it with minimal protection or even no protection if you wanted. Sounds like you’ve got a great boxing family there, Ash! 🙂


Mike September 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Ok say i fight someone out on the streets just the wrap is good? Aslong as i wrap my hands correctly ill be fine. Ive got meister mma 180 wraps, i love them. Seem to be semi elastic like whats shown in the pics and when i make a fist i can definatelt tell my hand feels more solid. Thanks for the help. Ill check back regularly and see how the site is doin. Peace.


Johnny N October 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I would say the wraps aren’t enough but it’s better than nothing. There’s still a big risk you could injure your hands unless you wear gloves.


Mike October 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Ok so the wraps help but gloves are better. Hmm alright thanks Johnny.


David November 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Sure the boxing wraps help,wearing gloves,also is something that is recommended,for safety.Try not punching hard on the bag (specially for younger and inexperienced). The risks of injury are high 🙂


Stephen December 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I was taught from a young age not to wrap between the pinky finger and ring finger as this could hurt your pinky knuckles. Any thoughts as to the pros and cons of doing/not doing an “X” through the pinky finger?


Johnny N December 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I feel there’s more support putting some wrap between those two knuckles. But you’re welcome to try it without and see how you feel. It’s like those knuckles should be taking the impact anyway.


harold December 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

this is what i am looking for…a detailed info..tnx..


KLD January 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm

When I started into boxing, I surf the web a lot for tips. And then I saw this website. It’s so cool. I follow most of your tips/guides/do’s and don’ts and etc and even your proper exercise for a boxer. I’ll try to enroll soon in a real boxing gym around my place. Elorde gym (Philippines) is kinda far from my place. (But I have a few of their GC for an hour of intense boxing – will use them soon). I only get to practice boxing by myself. Self-help you know. I got my gloves/mma gloves, hand wraps, punching bag and etc. I think I get to love it more even I’m learning by myself. And I love it as it makes me strong and more fit. Proud to say, I followed your tips in snapping more than hitting when puching the bag. I think I’m doing very well when I videoed myself to see how I’m doing.

Again, thanks for this website. Keep it up Sir!


Johnny N January 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

You’re welcome, KLD!


Bulldog January 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

Hey Johnny! This tutorial is great! The only problem is that i have big hands and thin wrists. When i complete wrapping my hands, It feels too tight and it feels like it is cutting out a bit of blood flow, and it is a bit of an awkward feeling. Is it meant to feel like this? Or am i wrapping it too tight?


Johnny N January 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Sounds like you’re wrapping too tight. Loosen it up a little.


Dianne. January 20, 2014 at 4:23 am

Great wrap. I am right handed n find it easier to wrap this hand first.
To practice the wrap your can go over it in your head by using your hand (around the hand) in motion of the wrap


Tom January 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I used this method for today’s heavy bag session, loved the feel but afterwards I have a blister and some bad (what looks like rug burn) between my ring and pinky fingers. Could this be from the tape being to loose? I didnt make them to tight, bc I wasn’t sure what would work better.


Johnny N January 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Maybe too loose or too tight? Change it up and see what happens.


Tom January 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

Looking at the spots now, it really doesn’t appear to be from the wraps being tight, I’ll try and make them a little tighter the next time. I also picked up some real boxing gloves and got rid of those POS MMA ones I had b/c those definitely did some of the damage by moving around and rubbing certain spots. Thanks again. Tom


eastside_juan14 February 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

Thanks johnny, your amazing man .I never thought wraping could be so easy because im new to the whole boxing thing but your website really helps alot ,but again thanks alot you really inspired me. One more thing ,I dont know what size wrap I should get because I think I have small hands just like you too,can you please help???


Johnny N February 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Get 180″ wraps.


DRVerges February 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

Hey Johnny, I am thinking about posting a How To hand wrap video to gauze and tape your own hands. Basically the method I use when I don’t have someone there for my fights that can wrap better than I can.

Just want your permission to post before I do.



Johnny N March 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Sure DRVerges, you’re welcome to post!


DRVerges March 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Thanks Johnny…
ExpertBoxing Heads, this is the method I use to wrap my hands before most hard training sessions and is more for the advanced levels when training…
However, for those that are less experienced and maybe have a boxing or MMA match and your trainer is either not there or doesn’t know how to wrap hands, this method is how you can wrap them yourself! I’ve had my own hands approved by USA Boxing and have confirmation letters of approval from several state commissions.

Any questions, comments, etc, reply here or pop a comment on the video.


Johnny N March 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

Very cool website, DRVerges! Thanks for the video share.


neil fox April 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

Thank you for this article. I’m a martial artist and I’ve never needed to wrap up before but after having a bad accident(not fighting related) my wrists and hands have become quite fragile and punching is painful. Knowing how to wrap my hands properly is amazing. I cant believe the difference it’s made. I can punch like I could before and there’s no pain. Thanks, keep up the good work!


Johnny N May 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

Yes…always wrap your hands!


Jose April 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

Hey jonnhy , the other day a little bone in my hand starded hurting by my knuckle , everytime I punch the bag hard it hurts . It’s like a little bone or 2 , around the 2 knuckles closest to the thumb.I would say it was my knuckles that hurt but im not sure . Well if I try to pick something q little heavy with the 2 fingers where I feel this little pain , it hurts. And it really bothers me . Its nothing that serious but I wonder if you have had this before and if it went away with a little rest or anything ? If you also know a name for this can you tell me it ?


Johnny N May 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

I’ve never had this problem before and I’m a bit worried about giving you bad advice. Perhaps you can check it out with a doctor or chiropractor. Or physical therapist?


Jose May 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Hey jonnhy , the pain went away not too long after I had posted this comment . I went to the gym to train & told a coach about the pain . He said that he had some “Icy , Hot ” and that it might helped so I rubbed some on my knuckle and finger for about 5 min & then I put a bunch on my hand and wrapped my hand & well I starded my workout as usual & before I knew it the pain was gone ! So i was really happy ! Next time I get some pain like that , ill just get some Icy,Hot ! 😀


Fat Tulip April 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Hi Johnny.
This tutorial is really helpful for a first timer like me. I had to watch the video many times but I have finally got the hang of it.
I’ve been going all out on the heavy bag without wraps lately and have been getting persistent pain in my hands, wrists and forearms, most noticable with a right cross. Can’t wait to try it with my hands wrapped to see if it helps.
This site has provided me with a lot of really good tips and techniques. Thanks and keep up the good work.


Tony Frazier May 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Your video finally convinced me to switch from the 108″ wraps to the 180″ and the difference is tremendous. I don’t feel the same twinges in my wrist when I uppercut. Great site!


SirT May 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Great job with the article! I had a question but bleeding knuckles and I am never sure where I should ask questions. I know that wraps aren’t meant to protect your knuckles but I was wondering if different ways of wrapping your hands could affect the knuckles. I have a bad tendency for my knuckles to get busted up which causes issues so I have been trying to figure out what I can do to fight it. I rarely use anything less than 16 oz gloves but I have to deal with the problem pretty frequently. Any tips would be much appreciated. Thanks!


Johnny N July 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Try putting some padding on your knuckles.


Kieran price June 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Finaly i can learn how to do it properly


zahid August 12, 2014 at 1:11 am



Ubj August 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

Wow..Johnny Dis Site Rocks..Im A Beginner Nd Ive Been Practicing Recently With Expert Boxing Tips..Nd I’d Say They Re Great..Also Luv Ur Consistency Of Replyin To Comments…Great Job!!!!!


gio September 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

What is the brand of hand wrap that you used in this example?


Johnny N November 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

It’s a semi-elastic cotton from PRO BOXING EQUIPMENT. Nothing special.


joachim (Belgium) September 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Hello, expert boxing, first of all I love your website/facebook, thx a lot for all the info. As a starter boxer it helped me already alot. One question when wordking hard on the punchingbag time to time I realy hurt my wrist, I’already tested several wraps (and use your’s now) but still… What can I do to prevent this? THX a lot,



James September 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

Joachim, sounds like you’re form wasn’t quite right. Did you bend your wrist up or downwards when it hurt?


joachim (Belgium) September 30, 2014 at 6:40 am

Hello James,

I think it is the only explenation that it was bend, it goes that fast That I need to concentrate more on the form… and less on the hitting hard.

thx a lot


James September 30, 2014 at 7:04 am

Hi Joachim

To quote Bruce Lee: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Same can be said for punches. Better to perfect each one and build gradually.


joachim (Belgium) September 30, 2014 at 7:10 am

thx James, I also started some exercises to get more wirst muscles.

Andy February 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

Hi Johnny,

It it legal in amateur boxing and training to use two 180 in wraps for each hand? So 360 in total for each hand. One of my buds was recommending I do so, but I want to make sure that’s allowed in competition before doing so.



Esn3akz September 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

If you’re amatuer boxing in the states most likely you’re registered with USA Boxing, and I’m sure you can not use that much wrap, it states in the rulebook for Valpeau Spec wraps, max length is 14.75 feet. You can find this info on the USA Boxing website.


mark March 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm

I find it disturbing that my trainer saw my gel glove hand wraps and said “those are good hand wraps, let’s you focus more on wrapping your wrists”. Also, gel hand-wraps were more expensive than regular wraps, and the person at the store told me they were better. These factors combined with my trainer’s comment made me think the gel was providing great ‘protection’ for my knuckles. My trainer never once mentioned the actual purpose of hand-wraps.

After 3 months of numbness and tingling, I did some research and realized how wrong I was. However, I found lots of conflicting info. Perhaps you could do a video discussing gel hand-wraps and the confusion and hand damage these are causing. There were no good videos on Youtube and no authoritative sources, such as this website, to give a definitive answer.

Thanks for clearing this up for me johnny.


Silky Smoove March 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for this excellentn tutorial. I’m a former black belt (haven’t trained in about 13 years) who is getting back into heavy bag work as part of a fitness regimen. I wanted to do it correctly, and this, combined with a good set of heavy bag gloves was step one. Having my hands wrapped properly makes me want to punch. It was a surprising sensation. I assumed it would be a chore, but wow… Once the wraps are on… Magic.


Timo March 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Great advice on hand wraps. My punches feel stronger than ever!


Miguel June 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm


I just started boxing about a week. I would like to know if the wraps is only for bag gloves or it can also apply for sparring gloves. Also, I have a small/medium bag gloves but I weight 170lbs and I read that for someone who weight 150lbs+ I should get a Large bag gloves. How will this affect my hand?



Katia August 4, 2015 at 10:13 pm

Hi Johnny–
Is there such a thing as overwrapping? It doesn’t seem like it from the video, but want to make sure it’s not detrimental (hands too clunky or immobilised, etc.). My hands aren’t very big, even for a woman– I’m afraid I’d be doing a lot of creative things to use up an entire 180″ hand wrap, and I’m not sure if there’s a point at which too much is too much and I might look into getting something shorter instead (150″?), or if any number of wraps is fine and so 180″ would be okay.


Abe October 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

Thank you very much for sharing this. It’s very, very helpful. 🙂


Brittany Welch November 17, 2015 at 8:09 am

Thank you so much Johnny! You’re teaching me so much!! I’m just starting to box, and I’ve been on your site 24/7, it’s one of a kind! I love you!


Johnny N November 17, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Hahaha, thank you and I love you! ,)


Shak November 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Hi, I was looking for Muay Thai and found your site instead! It’s a great resource.

My question is I broke my arm as 11yr old, now I’m 22 and been training Muay thai for sometime, every time I throw a left hook/uppercut my wrist/forearm hurt. I have a metal plate in my radius, is there a hand wrapping technique which will aid me with my issue? For example using gauze before wrapping or as in this video you had extra wrap shall I wrap more round my wrist/forearm?


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