There’s no question that length is a major advantage in the modern game of golf. Hitting the ball farther has always been a major quest for all golfers from beginners to tour professionals alike. Increasing your club head speed is the most important piece to the puzzle of increasing length. However, this has always been a very tall order and it is still only one of a few different factors in determining how far you are capable of hitting the ball. A few other major determinants of distance are centeredness of contact, angle of attack, launch angle, swing path, and club face direction at impact.
I believe it makes sense to learn how to improve the quality of your strike in order to gain more distance, which means striking the ball closer to the sweet spot of the club more consistently. That is something that I think many golfers can learn how to do with proper instruction and of course practice. I also believe that improving your ball flight will in turn increase your distance. For example, hitting a slight draw rather than a huge slice will increase distance with the same exact club head speed at impact.
When we talk about increasing club head speed to increase distance, things can get a little challenging. There is no question that a higher club head speed = more ball speed = more distance. The problem is that there has never been a proven system or training program to help you increase club head speed, until now...
For the past few months I have been training with a product that I believe can actually help you increase club head speed, improve your swing, and serve as a cardio workout! It’s called SuperSpeed Golf, and their overspeed training system is currently being used by over 350 top touring professionals, including Charles Howell III, Xander Schauffele, Scott Stallings, and 42 time PGA Tour winner, Phil Mickelson!
How and Why Does Overspeed Training Work? Overspeed training works by getting the body to move at a faster than normal speed during a motor pattern. Essentially the brain has a set range of speed for the neuro-muscular response when a golfer makes a golf swing. We first need to increase the response speed from the body by reducing the “load” or in this case the weight of the club. We then need to gradually increase this load to teach the brain that the body is capable of running the motor pattern faster. The system uses a club that is about 20% lighter than a driver, one that is 10% lighter, and one that is 5% heavier in order to achieve maximum results from overspeed training.
Think of it as essentially removing the governor from a golf cart. Eventually, after working through the training protocols, you unconsciously start to swing faster at impact and it becomes your new norm.
Training with SuperSpeed Golf. This off-season, I decided to commit to working my way through all the training protocols. Three days a week I did about a 20-minute workout (including stretching before and after) and kept track of my progress with a swing speed radar. They recommend training every other day and still maintaining your normal workout routine at the gym in order to stay strong and prevent injury.
Watch the video below from the SuperSpeed Golf website to get an idea of what the Intro Training Protocol looks like.
I am currently on the Level 1 Training Protocol (this comes after the Starter), and I have already seen an increase of about 5 mph of club head speed on average. This equates to about 10 - 15 yards off the tee!
How will Training with SuperSpeed Golf Improve Your Golf Swing? I believe SuperSpeed Golf is great for anyone looking to hit it further and clean up any inefficiencies in their swing in the process. In order to increase your club head speed through impact, you will naturally start to make your swing more efficient. For example, coming over-the-top is a very inefficient movement to start your downswing. Over time through training with this system, you may notice that your backswing becomes a little shorter and tighter (if you had an issue with over-swinging). At the same time, it does make sense that you would want to maximize your backswing turn or rotation with your body. However, letting the arms collapse at the elbows or rerouting the club from the top would not allow you to generate maximum speed through impact. Essentially, your swing can improve just by focusing on creating that loud "whoosh" through the impact zone.
Adding more speed and accuracy can certainly make serious changes in your game. There is no question that hitting the ball farther and straighter will be a scoring advantage on the course. I believe that the main benefit of SuperSpeed Golf is that it allows you to increase the speed of your swing without actually changing your timing. The tempo and timing of my swing felt no different throughout the training process, which was really my biggest fear in trying it out. If you are serious about hitting the ball longer, this product can absolutely help you do it with a clear training plan that will work if you stick with it.
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