The following video is a good demonstration of the hook punch. Watch the footwork and the position of the hook elbow as well as the guard position of the opposite hand during the delivery of this punch:
The hook can be a devastating weapon, either on its own or as the power punch in a combo such as jab-cross-hook. Just check out the two videos below to see how effective it can be.
In this video take note of how Mike Tyson delivers the hook: short, fast and controlled. Mike’s favourite combo is a right hook to the body followed by a left hook to the head. Always controlled. That’s how you want to deliver your hooks, because the more wild your hooks, the more you open yourself up to a counter-blow.
There are many variations to the hook. Check out this video for its range and uses, as well as how to defend from a hook coming your way: