An Overspeed workout requires golfers to swing as much as 8-13 percent faster than they are capable of swinging with their standard driver. SuperSpeed training protocols activate muscular motor units in synchronized patterns and recruit new motor units within the same muscle.
We believe that all golfers will find more enjoyment with golf by improving the efficiency and power of their golf swings. From and coaching and training aspect, we also firmly believe that anything that we introduce to our players should be deeply validated, vetted, and rooted in solid biomechanical principles. These core values brought to life the creation of the SuperSpeed Golf Training System. Watching the best players in the world, it is easy to see that these tour players create much more efficient speed and consistency than most amateur golfers. This is primarily because the process by which these players generate speed is far different. We see much smoother transfer of energy from tour player’s interaction with the ground, segmental kinematics, and lag creation in the golf swing. These are areas of focus for many of the beset golf coaches and fitness specialists around the world. With SuperSpeed Golf, we are able to help improve the efficiency of energy transfer in all of these areas, while giving the player the one simple goal of making our training clubs move as fast as possible.
Overspeed training is an adaptation of the concepts of Overload/Underload training which has been used in many sports for a very long time. From sprinters running downhill, to nearly all of the top major league baseball pitchers in the past forty years, many athletes are familiar with this style of training. In most of these sports the athlete is not swinging an implement such as the golf club. We find that this makes a huge difference because the 45” arch width of most drivers creates a much greater resistance force during the swing than running or throwing. The basics of this training are relatively simple: Get the player to make swings significantly faster than their normal swing with a lighter club, then gradually increase the weight of the club up to and a little bit past the weight of their driver. We find that players are typically able to swing a club 20% lighter than their driver about 19% faster. When we move to the 10% lighter club in the context of our training protocols, we find that the player will swing this club about 17% faster. When we finally move to the club that is 5% heavier than the driver, the player will still be swinging this club about 12% faster. This retention of relative speed to the player’s normal driver swing speed creates a reset of the “normal” neuromuscular reaction speed of the player’s golf swing. It is also good to note that if the club were to be too light in relation to the player’s driver, the sequencing pattern would become too different than the golf swing. On the other side, if the club becomes too heavy, the player will be unable to maintain the higher relative speed of the training swings. When we reintroduce the skill element of the motion after the training, we find that players will on average make a swing that is 5.3% faster than their normal golf swing. We find that this will become a permanent swing speed increase for the player in four to eight weeks of regular practice.
We have developed many training protocols for use with the SuperSpeed Golf Training System. These instruction programs are all available in video and PDF formats on our website: www.superspeedgolf.com
These protocols involve many different swing positions including kneeling, standing, step-change of direction, and full crow-hop. These positions alter the amount of ground force the player utilizes during the motion and helps them learn to maximize their interaction with the ground. We also have the players swing both on their dominant and non-dominant sides during all the protocols. This greatly helps the player increase stability to both load the golf swing during the backswing and stabilize the lead side during the downswing. These training protocols usually take between 8 and 12 minutes to complete. We recommend three training sessions per week with a day off in between each session for optimal results. More sessions than this recommendation has not lead to increased swing speed gains with the system.
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