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The market for golf training aid is at best dubious. People have been inventing gadgets for decades that have to solve the problems with the usual swing that golfers encounter. The majority of them do not work and have little commercial success, but that does not stop people from trying again and again.
Usually you do not see me recommend many training tools on this site because I do not want anyone to waste your money. There are only a few products that I have seen well in the current market because they produce results.
One that got off the ground in recent years is SuperSpeed Golf. I tried their swing-speed system a few years ago when it first came out. I was skeptical about my demo, but was later shocked at how I had increased my swing without feeling a noticeable difference in my mechanics.
I know that many of you want to learn how to strike a golf ball. Increasing your club head speed is one of the ways to get this done, but you want to do it the right way to prevent injury and keep your swing mechanism. This is a product that can help you get it done, but it will require some work at your end.
Because we are approaching the outdoor season for many golfers, I wanted to visit this product again, because it can be a great tool to keep you busy during the winter.
What is overdriving
Last year I spoke with Lee Cox, who is a teacher of many of the long-distance competitions, including champion Joe Miller. He told me that too high a speed training is similar to removing the regulator from a golf cart. It is an interesting analogy that I think is logical.
SuperSpeed Golf defines it as follows:
Overspeed Training works by making the body move faster than the normal speed during a familiar motor pattern. In essence, the brain has a certain speed range for the neuromuscular response when a golfer makes a golf swing. We first need to increase the reaction speed of the body by reducing the "load" or in this case the weight of the club. We then have to gradually increase this load to teach the brain that the body is capable of accelerating the motor pattern. In our application on golf we use a club that is about 20% lighter than a driver, a club that is 10% lighter and a club that is 5% heavier to get the maximum result from a speeding violation.
Science is discovering that our body is capable of much more than we thought. Recently I read the book Endure by Alex Hutchinson. It is an interesting look at how the human body can be pushed (or limited) by the brain. That is exactly what the SuperSpeed Golf training system does – it is re-programming your mind to help your body move faster for the specific wave swing movement.
The concept comes from an overload / underload training, which has been in one form or another for centuries. A baseball coach, Tom House, used it with pitchers to increase their speed.
The co-founders of SuperSpeed Golf, Kyle Shay and Mike Napoleon took that concept and made their version for the golf swing. Their goal was to help golfers add speed to their swing in the most efficient way, which they discovered through a series of weighted shafts.
When most golfers try to add swing speed, they do the wrong way. They only try to swing hard, which usually results in poorer swing mechanisms and even injuries. There are not many systems that train golfers to move faster, at least that is available as a product.
So if you want to add distance to your game and are willing to do a bit of work, this can be a much more efficient (and safer) way to get it done.
How you train
I have gone through the training protocols several times in recent years. They do not require much time and effort on your part, but consistency is essential.
Here is a video from the beginner training protocol that gives you an idea of how the product works:
Golfers can expect a sweep of about 3% – 8% after the first training, which is similar to what I saw the first time I tried SuperSpeed Golf. To make it more permanent, you must stick to the 6-week protocol. If you want to go beyond that, you can switch to more advanced protocols. They are all detailed on this page if you want to see what is needed.
It is not a gimmick, but you will see what you put into it.
The results speak for themselves
There are many products that do not produce measurable results in your golf swing. That is why most golfers throw them in the garage after the first use.
Based on what I've seen from SuperSpeed Golf and how fast their system has spread across the golf world, I can tell you that this is a product that can perform as advertised.
More than 500 tour professionals use the system, especially Phil Mickelson. You may have seen him warm up with one of their clubs for a round like in this video:
As you know, their livelihoods are tied to how far they hit the ball today, so everyone is doing what they can to add speed to their swings.
I've been following Mike and Kyle since they first started the company a few years ago. I see them every year in Orlando at the PGA show and they travel extensively to promote their product to golfers. It's impressive how quickly they've grown, and I do not think it would have been possible without a product that produces results for golfers.
A quick test
My goal is to work more on fitness and gain speed in my swing this off season. I did a quick test with my SkyTrak launch monitor during my first session back with SuperSpeed Golf.
I completely warmed up a number of disks before going through the beginner training protocol and afterwards.
So far I was pretty "maxed out" on my driver's performance. My grades are as efficient as possible in terms of start-up conditions, so the only way to hit the ball is to increase the slew rate.
Typically I have a ball speed somewhere between 147 – 150 mph with the driver and my total distance is about 265 – 270 yards measured on my launch monitor. I have hit thousands of disks at the moment and those numbers have not moved too much. If I hit a disc further, it is because I have launched it higher with less spin, not because my swing speed has increased.
After reading the training protocol with SuperSpeed, I saw an instant jump in ball speed, which is one of the most critical measurements when you want to add distance. I almost never crack 150 miles per hour of ball speed, but you can see in this image that I went up to 154 mph with a total distance of 281.
That is the highest ball speed I have ever registered, and my swing did not feel any different. It is not earth-shattering, but for someone who has squeezed every drop out of their driver, it is important to me.
I intend to follow the training protocols throughout the winter and in the spring to make even more profit and hopefully make it permanent.
Just an advice for anyone considering an Overspeed training. It is a comparable expectation curve for every fitness routine. You will initially not make big leaps, but if you stick to a long-term plan and stick to consistent training, you'll see small wins eventually lead to big leaps on the road.
Kyle Shay, the co-owner, had this to say about expectations: "We see a big peak in club head speed after the first session that takes about 20 minutes." "If you dedicate yourself to the protocols that have been created, you can achieve permanent change in speed The gain will come through a series of peaks and plateaus Just like any fitness routine, we change the protocol to break plateaus and achieve higher speeds. "
Swing Faster Not Harder
If you want to add speed to your swing responsibly, I think a high speed training with SuperSpeed golf is a great way to get it done. The product has proven to be effective with a large number of golfers and has been embraced by the best learning and fitness professionals in the field of golf.
Although I would not recommend it to anyone, you need to be aware that you have to work consistently. The training is very clearly defined and you would expect that you will stick to weeks and months to continue with it. Fortunately, the training sessions are fast and not too overwhelming, so I do not necessarily have to worry about burning out.
If you want to know more about SuperSpeed golf and their training system, you can visit their website here. Their most popular set is available for $ 199.