Setting Up a Home Speedball

A Step-by-Step Guide for Boxers by Jim Bradley


What You Need

To set up a speedball at home, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • Speedball (Speed Bag): Choose a speedball that matches your skill level. Smaller balls (20cm Proball) require more precision and speed, while larger balls are better for beginners (25cm speedball) or (40cm speedball).
  • Speedball Platform: A sturdy platform that attaches to the wall or ceiling. Ensure it's adjustable to accommodate different heights.
  • Swivel: A good-quality swivel allows the speedball to move freely and return quickly.
  • Mounting Hardware: Bolts, screws, and brackets for securely attaching the platform to your chosen surface.
  • Tools: Drill, screwdriver, measuring tape, and level.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Speedball

  1. Choose the Right Location:
    • Space: Ensure you have enough space around the speedball to move freely. Avoid placing it near fragile items or furniture.
    • Height: The ideal height for the speedball is at eye level when you’re in your boxing stance. This allows for optimal training and comfort.
  1. Install the Speedball Platform:
    • Mark the Spot: Use a pencil and measuring tape to mark the spot on the wall or ceiling where you'll mount the platform. Ensure it's at the correct height and centered.
    • Drill Holes: Drill holes into the marked spots. Make sure to use the appropriate drill bit for your wall or ceiling type (brick, concrete are best, wood if you have no other option).
    • Attach the Platform: Secure the platform to the wall or ceiling using the provided screws and brackets. Use a level to ensure it's perfectly horizontal.
  1. Attach the Swivel:
    • Mount the Swivel: Attach the swivel to the center of the platform. Ensure it’s securely fastened, as the swivel's quality and stability are crucial for smooth speedball movement.
  1. Install the Speedball:
    • Inflate the Speedball: Inflate the speedball to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Avoid overinflating, as this can cause the ball to burst.
    • Attach to Swivel: Hook the speedball to the swivel. Make sure it's securely fastened and can move freely.
  1. Test and Adjust:
    • Test the Setup: Give the speedball a few hits to ensure it moves smoothly and rebounds correctly. Check for any wobbling or instability in the platform.
    • Make Adjustments: If the speedball doesn’t move properly, adjust the swivel or re-tighten the screws and bolts.

Tips for Effective Speedball Training

  1. Start Slow: Begin with basic punches to get used to the movement of the speedball. Gradually increase your speed and complexity as you become more comfortable. Check out our other blog that gives more tips.
  2. Maintain Rhythm: Focus on maintaining a consistent rhythm. This helps improve your timing and coordination.
  3. Use Proper Form: Always use proper boxing form to avoid injury. Keep your hands up, elbows in, and maintain a good stance.
  4. Regular Practice: Consistent practice is key to improving your skills. Incorporate speedball training into your regular boxing routine.

Maintenance Tips

  1. Regular Inspection: Check the speedball, swivel, and platform regularly for any signs of wear and tear. Replace any worn-out parts to maintain optimal performance.
  2. Clean the Speedball: Wipe down the speedball after each use to remove sweat and dust. This helps prolong its lifespan.
  3. Check Air Pressure: Regularly check the air pressure of the speedball and inflate it as needed.


Setting up a speedball at home is a worthwhile investment for any boxer looking to improve their skills. With the right equipment and proper setup, you can create an effective training environment that enhances your hand-eye coordination, speed, and rhythm. Follow this guide to ensure your speedball is installed correctly and safely, and start reaping the benefits of this dynamic training tool. Happy training!

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