The press is one of the purest power moves in arm wrestling. Having
a bulky upper body certainly helps with this one. If you are confident
that you have superior upper body power (especially chest and triceps)
to your opponent and are at least equal in bicep and forearm strength,
this is a good move to perform. If, however, your opponent is much
stronger than you are in the chest and triceps, using the press
might be a bad idea. This move can be beaten by a quick toproll,
as it is vulnerable to strong, quick backpressure. This is because
your arm must be close to your body to perform this move, so if
your opponent can pull your arm across the table you will not be
able to win with a press.
The press is
also a good move to use in a long tournament. Unlike the hook and
toproll, which rely most heavily upon the biceps and forearms, the
primary muscles used in the hook are the triceps, shoulders, and
chest. Thus, a good way to give your bi's and forearms a rest during
a long tournament is to throw in a press when you can. Be careful,
however, to use it only in situations where your chest and tricep
strength is superior to that of your opponent!
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The key on this move is to get your opponent's palm to face up toward
the ceiling with your own hand on top of his. If you can get your
opponent into this position, the rest is simple. Just get your body
over your arm and push down your opponent's hand to the pad, using
your upper body and arm. See the rollovers and still pictures below:
Notice how the wrestler
on the left (Jeff) is working his opponent (barT) in the press. barT has
managed to break Jeff's wrist back, though, so Jeff will have a hard time
turning barT's palm upward. Even though his wrist is in the bent back,
"broken wrist" position, Jeff can still win this match. A press
is very hard to beat, even if your wrist is bent back.
Here is a close-up
of Jeff's wrist in the above match. Notice how barT has bent Jeff's wrist
backward. This is very common in the press. It is not, however, optimal.
Try to keep your wrist from being bent backward. If your wrist is bent
backward, you can still win, though.