SUPERSPEED MEMBER TESTING: FINAL RESULTS
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SUPERSPEED MEMBER TESTING: FINAL RESULTS

Whether the relationship is correlative or causal, increased distance and lower scores are inextricably linked.

And whether the topic is biomechanics, flexibility, sequencing or anything else, the common denominator is speed. As in swing speed.

Though the market now features a variety of relatively similar products, it’s fair to suggest SuperSpeed created the mousetrap upon which others are trying to improve.

What is SuperSpeed?

A quick refresher. SuperSpeed Golf believes its OverSpeed training system has benefits for any level of golfer. The basic premise is that every player can access more speed than he/she currently has because of how our brain receives and communicates certain information.

In plain English: Swinging a training stick faster than normal causes your brain to remember this faster speed—even start expecting it.

Compared to other products that use a single club, the SuperSpeed Golf Training System utilizes three speed training clubs. Relative to the player’s driver, the three clubs are 20-percent lighter, 10-percent lighter and 5-percent heavier. Each training protocol uses all three of these in sequence. The primary reason SuperSpeed says it abandoned the “single-club, multiple-weight” option is, basically, that testers didn’t like it. Changing weights multiple times during a short workout was cumbersome and frustrating, according to SuperSpeed product testers. SuperSpeed also noted a safety concern regarding players who changed weights incorrectly during testing. 

That said, in speaking with industry contacts (in addition to personal experience), I haven’t found any of the current products particularly difficult or challenging to use.  If anything, consumers seem to be driven more by preference and features than ease of use. 

An Aid or a Gimmick?

In the golf industry, training aids are ubiquitous. However, the majority can’t produce evidence to suggest they do anything that helps golfers.

Part of how we evaluate equipment is by putting products in the hands of everyday golfers. Then, as always, we let the data speak for itself. Last year, we selected nine testers to try the SuperSpeed system. After the first six-week session, every tester experienced some level of improvement. That’s not particularly surprising. When you start to train your body differently, an initial honeymoon or shock period typically produces a positive experience.

The real question is: What, if any, ongoing benefit can SuperSpeed provide?

Putting SuperSpeed to the Test

The vast majority of golfers on the planet are amateurs. Some of us swing faster while others swing slower. But very few of us play the game to pay the mortgage or put food on the table. That said, we’re also bound by a desire to improve and, in this instance, gain swing speed.

During the first protocol, testers showed an average increase in driver swing speed of 8.2 mph. The largest jump was 13 mph while the smallest increase was 5 mph.  The primary objective with subsequent protocols is to not only to find more speed but to make that speed more permanent.  SuperSpeed says “a 5-percent increase is common after just the first session” and with “three workouts per week over a six-week period, this increase becomes permanent.”

After completing two training protocols (roughly 12 to 14 weeks), the results from our testing pool pretty much mirrored SuperSpeed’s stated expectations. But, as always, individual testers offered a unique look into how SuperSpeed works for golfers of differing swing speeds.

A Look at the Final Results

As with any training regimen, fidelity matters. And while 30 minutes per day, three times per week probably sounds reasonable, life has a penchant for getting in the way.

That said, one benefit of the first protocol is that it gives users an opportunity to establish a routine. By setting aside a specific block of time, it’s easier to commit to each protocol, which in turn should lead to more consistent results.

By the end of the second protocol, testers in the slower swing speed group hovered around a 10-percent overall increase in swing speed. It’s reasonable to think the lasting increase would settle in around 8- to 10-percent on average.  To the degree that slower swing speed golfers represent an older demographic, the objective isn’t only to increase swing speed. It’s also a function of not losing it as quickly.

The mid-range swing speed group exhibited the largest swing speed gains, both in absolute terms and percentage increase. That said, with only three testers in each group, any single tester can skew the results. In this case, one mid swing-speed tester found 18 mph of additional swing speed. The other two testers in this group produced more typical results, with roughly 10-mph increases (100 mph to 110 mph and 102 mph to 112 mph).

Testers with the fastest swing speeds didn’t necessarily show the same percentage increases as those with mid or low swing speeds. Again, this makes sense, given the reality of diminishing returns. A golfer that already produces 115-plus mph of swing speed likely has fewer “power leaks” in their swing. It’s also more plausible that this golfer is engaged in other golf-specific fitness activities.

That said, it wasn’t uncommon for the fastest players to still find a 6- to 8-mph boost by the end of the second protocol. One tester did experience some downtime due to injury which likely set him back several weeks.

Keep In Mind

In reviewing the progress of each tester, it’s important to remember that growth isn’t linear. Not everyone will see exactly the same results nor will everyone experience gains at the same rate. Also, sometimes life gets in the way and, in spite of our best intentions, we may not get to all three workouts every week.

Also, with SuperSpeed, you don’t hit balls during training. As such, it’s important to monitor on-course play and continue working on ball-striking-specific drills.

Final Thoughts

The allure of more distance isn’t confined to amateur golfers. Even for professionals, it can be a balancing act. Rory McIlroy admitted his game has suffered this year due, in part, to chasing distance. Tony Finau says that while he knows he is capable of hitting the ball further, his focus is on playing high-level golf, not winning long-drive contests. That is all fine and well for elite golfers who already swing the driver at more than 120 mph. The marginal benefit of an additional 1 to 2 mph of swing speed for Rory may not be worth the time and resources required to do so. But, again, for the rest of us mortals, an increase of 8, 10 or even 15 mph of swing speed is likely to help us shoot lower scores.

We mentioned these stats in the first update but they are worth repeating.

According to research from Mark Broadie (creator of the Strokes Gained statistic):

+4mph = 10 yards = 0.6-0.7 SGPR

+6mph = 15 yards = 0.9-1.05 SGPR

+8mph = 20 yards = 1.2-1.4 SGPR

*SGPR = Strokes Gained Per Round

What you should take from this is that if your experience with SuperSpeed mirrors that of most testers, it’s reasonable to expect a permanent increase of roughly 8 percent. Depending on your swing speed, this equates to one or two fewer shots per round.

Whether you use SuperSpeed or another system, tell us how it’s going!

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      One Hit Wonder

      2 years ago

      I got superspeed last year and it did increase swing speed from 92 to 98. But it threw our my sequencing. It seems obvious now – if the arms are going through so much quicker, the sequencing has to adjust as well, and that is a difficult task. Shots are much more erratic. Before superspeed my hcp dropped from 22 to 8.9 in 18 months through practice and lessons. When I got superspeed I could not get any consistency and hcp went out to 14.. I have to retire these superspeed and get back to scoring golf

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      Pete S

      3 years ago

      I have the sticks and I think they work to improve speed. My issue was development of golfer’s elbow. If I can find a way to reduce or eliminate that, I’ll start using these again.

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      Bob

      3 years ago

      Glad you said that. I ran into the same thing myself.

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      Rob V.

      3 years ago

      I’m a Mid-High Handicapper, wife got me this system last Christmas. My full driver swing speed (when not trying to kill-it) was right on the threshold of regular to stiff rating for a Driver Shaft. I was battling a slice that would not quit, and I worked everything into my grip and swing to correct it, but slow down. Finally fitted myself to a new driver(PXG 0211, with a stiff shaft) coupled with keeping the grip I moved to, Slice is gone. I’ve got some decades ahead of me before my swing speed starts to decline. This training aid has definitely helped me push above the threshold to let me be comfortably in the middle of the stiff shaft club-head speed range.

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      David Vaughn

      3 years ago

      I’ve been using the Superspeed system since Christmas and have increased my swing speed from the high 90s to as high as 113 (with an average of approximately 108 (verified with Skytrak). More importantly, my ball speed is in the high 150s and low 160s now and I’m significantly longer off of the tee. The result is I shot my best score in 15 years last week (even par 72) and reached 3 of the 4 Par 5s in two and played them at -4 for the round. The extra distance has made a significant upgrade in my game with my average drive in the 280 yard range now. I could extend that further if I could reduce my spin on my drives (I hit the ball too high) and I’m experimenting with different shafts right now, but I think it’s the player and not the equipment…I need to flatten my swing out. I highly recommend this system if you need to increase your swing speed…it has worked for me and a couple of friends that bought it upon my recommendation.

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      Mike

      3 years ago

      Guess my question here is when you say permanent games, is that permanent contingent on me continuing the specific exercises? Unfortunately for me, with a rebuilt elbow and some tendonitis in the other one, combined with a 60-year-old back, my orthopedist would probably smack me if I told him I was swinging these things around!

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      Chris Nickel

      3 years ago

      As with most any training, the “if you don’t use it, you lose it” mantra applies.

      Permanent is relative, but the idea being that once your brain learns how to swing faster, it will require some maintenance, but it’s reasonable to think that you could maintain the increased speed with reasonable effort.

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      What is the purpose of any training aid, routine or lesson? Answer-reduce your score. If this training aid increases swing and helps lower scores it is a success. Trust that I sincerely believe that length off the tee and clubhead speed with irons is valuable. However if that speed comes with the sacrifice of accuracy and solid contact and scores do not improve or get worse then the training has not really produced a desirable result. regardless of swing speed increase.

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      Craig from Bend

      3 years ago

      I started using SuperSpeed 3 weeks ago. I currently have increased my swing speed about 3 mph (hopefully more coming soon). Even that small difference can be seen on my drives, as I have hit my “longest drive ever” on multiple holes on my home course. I have lost zero accuracy (I hit every fairway but one in a round yesterday). You don’t get these gains by swinging harder on the course – the swing feels exactly the same as before, it’s just faster.

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      Steve Jordan

      3 years ago

      I have used the superspeed system for over a year. It works! When you golf buddies ask what happened, just smile. I have added 15 to 20 yards on the drive. It has never been straighter. I am 72 and 15 index.

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