Frequently Asked Questions
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What is OverSpeed Training?
Overspeed Training works by getting the body to move at a faster than normal speed during a known motor pattern. Essentially the brain has a set 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. In our application to golf, we use 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.
How does increased swing speed affect my distance?
1 MPH = ~2.6 yards of carry distance. Variables include face angle, attack angle, spin axis, & environmental factors.
How can I measure my swing speed?
We recommend measuring club head speed with any type of launch monitor technology such as Trackman or Flightscope. If you don’t have access to one of those we offer the PRGR Radar in our store. We recommend using the PRGR radar for all players to measure the actual speed when swinging the SuperSpeed clubs. Most launch monitors require ball contact to register speed.
Why do protocols involve making non-dominant swings?
Golf is a very one-sided sport. We make tremendous amounts of swings on our dominant side during practice and when we play the game. This creates an imbalance between the muscles on the opposite sides of the body. Over time this can lead to lack of stability, decreased power production, and in some cases, pain. Making non-dominant swings during our protocols can start to balance the function of the body.2. Increased energy transfer in the golf swing
As the coordination of the muscle chains of the non-dominant side improves, we have found that this increases the golfer’s ability to transfer energy efficiently during the swing. When swinging on the non-dominant side, a golfer is loading or winding up into the lead leg of his/her normal dominant side golf swing. This helps to improve function of the stabilizing musculature in the foot, ankle, knee, leg, hip, and core region during the swing. When the golfer switches back to the dominant side swing with this increased function, the lead side is able to better stabilize and transfer energy more efficiently.
What results can I expect from using the system?
A 5% increase is common after just the first session. You’ll find that performing 3 workouts per week over a 6 week period will make this increase permanent. Speeds then continue to increase working through the progressive protocol levels.
Where can I use the SuperSpeed System?
Anywhere with sufficient space including a driving range, basement, or backyard. If you want to train at the gym make sure to put a piece of turf or mat down in a private area.
Please ensure you wear a glove and be careful to never swing the training clubs toward, or around, another person.
Which protocol do I perform first?
We recommend that every player start with the Level 1 Protocol. This protocol will help to see how your body will respond to OverSpeed training. Once you perform the protocol for 6 weeks, move on to the SuperSpeed Level 2 training protocol.
What if I am unable to perform a protocol because of a physical restriction?
Safety always comes first. If you feel uncomfortable with a drill, don’t force yourself to complete it. For example, if you can’t complete the kneeling exercise stay standing but move your feet together. From this position make normal golf swings.
How do I know what set to purchase?
Why do protocols utilize different weighted clubs?
This is a fundamental key to the concepts of OverSpeed training. The goal is to increase speed of an original motion that the body knows how to perform. In order to do this, we first need to prove to both the brain and the body that the motion can be performed faster than normal. To achieve this we use the lightest club. In only a handful of swings, we temporarily reset the normal speed of the motor pattern with this lightweight club. We then add a little more weight and continue swinging. Having just completed swings with the light club, the brain is trying to run the motor program at the same speed as the previous handful of swings, even though the club is a little heavier. Typically, we see a significant speed increase at this point as well. Then we swing the heaviest club, which is about 5% heavier than the player’s own driver. Because we have reset the normal speed of the motor program, the swings here will still be significantly higher than the original golf swing. After a single session, this reset of neuromuscular reaction speed will begin to fade over the next 30 minutes or so. With continued practice, however, this effect will gradually cause a permanent increase in speed.
If I stop training with SuperSpeed for several weeks where do I pick back up again? Do I start over? Or continue with the remainder of the protocol?
We recommend starting where you left off and adding an additional week of training to that protocol level.
Even though you recommend training 3 days/week, would it affect me negatively if I train every day?
SuperSpeed training is very demanding on the neurological system which requires a longer rest period than a typical practice or gym session. We have found that optimal gains are best achieved with a day of rest in between each session.
Is it ok to replace the grips on the SuperSpeed clubs?
Yes, they will wear down with regular use just as a normal golf grip. Replace them with your preferred grips
Can you be too old to start speed training?
No, you can perform speed training just as long as your physician has cleared you for physical activity.
Will this just increase my driver distance, or will it increase my irons as well?
It will increase all your of club head speeds and therefore all distances should increase as long as the other factors stayed the same.