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The Science of SuperSpeed Golf

It’s been five years since SuperSpeed Golf introduced the golfing world to OverSpeed Training. It’s been an eventful half-decade. Specifically, more than 700 Tour pros and nearly 100,000 Average Joes like you and me have added SuperSpeed to our training regimen.

And all of us share the same goal: increase our swing speed so we can smack the living hell out of the ball.

Some of you want more swing speed to work your way towards scratch while many others simply want to put Father Time in a headlock and give him a noogie. Either way, SuperSpeed Golf says practically anyone who picks up its sticks and starts the training protocols will gain swing speed after their very first session.

Those are bold claims. If you know anything at all about MyGolfSpy, you know bold claims get the closest and most cynical scrutiny.

Speed the Neuromuscular Way

“We’re just trying to reset that governor in your brain that says how fast you can swing,” says Kyle Shay, co-founder of SuperSpeed Golf.

It’s called OverSpeed Training. We gave you a brief overview last month, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version.

OverSpeed Training is a neurological reset and trains your brain and muscles into believing you can swing the club faster. It makes the body move faster than normal during training to permanently increase the neuromuscular reaction speed of the body. In plain English: swinging a training stick faster than normal causes your brain to remember this faster speed, and even start expecting it.

SuperSpeed provides you with three training sticks: one 20-percent lighter than your driver, one 10-percent lighter than your driver and one five-percent heavier than your driver. You swing each one as fast as you can as you go through a series of training protocols and, presto, your brain starts to expect a faster swing speed.

SuperSpeed says after just one session golfers can realize, on average, a five-percent increase in swing speed. That means a 95-mph swinger can see his swing speed approach 100 after just one session. SuperSpeed calls this the “Jump.”

What Sorcery Is This?

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is some sort of magical fix and you’ll soon be bombing it past your buddies. That five-percent jump after just one session has a shelf life of about 30 minutes. You’ll need to train with SuperSpeed three times a week for six to eight weeks before any kind of lasting improvement can take hold. SuperSpeed calls this the “normalization” phase.

And don’t for a minute think SuperSpeed is a swing trainer. It doesn’t replace what your golf pro is telling you nor does it directly work on mechanics.

“There are some underlying things that can go into your mechanics to help you but we’re not focusing on that,” says Shay. “It’s really a process of athletic discovery. Most people find their swing does have some positive changes, though. It’s hard to create more speed if you start to become inefficient mechanically.”

Also, don’t make the mistake of confusing SuperSpeed with the Orange Whip or similar swing trainers. They’re different animals.

“Orange Whip is more complementary to what we do,” says Shay. “Orange Whip is more for sequencing, creating lag, tempo training. It’s not a speed trainer per se.”

Once the normalization phase kicks in, SuperSpeed says users will generally see a plateau in their swing speeds. That plateau can last anywhere from 60 to 90 days before another three- to five-per-cent swing speed jump takes place, followed by another plateau.

 

SuperSpeed says, in theory, this pattern can continue indefinitely with longer intervals between the jumps.

MyGolfSpy’s Case Study

Several MyGolfSpy Forum members have been using SuperSpeed for the past 18 months and what we’ve seen is one of those rare occasions where hype and reality actually coincide. The review thread on our Forum is ongoing and several additional forum members have chimed in with their own results.

One tester, Mike Mock from Wisconsin, started with a swing speed in the high 90s. At a driver fitting this past January, he posted a Trackman-measured swing speed of 111 mph. Another tester, Kevin Loughren from Tampa, is in his early 60’s and saw his driver swing speed jump from 88 to 99 mph during the initial testing, picking up nearly 30 yards.

“I’m a club-and-a-half longer, at least, with my irons now,” he says.

 

For the record, none of the testers started new workout regimes during the test. If they weren’t hitting the gym, they didn’t start and if they were working out, they kept doing what they were doing.

Several testers also mentioned there were times during their early protocols where they experienced varying degrees of wildness off the tee. Shay says that’s not unusual, as the skill part of your swing needs to catch up to your newfound speed. SuperSpeed has developed some new protocols that can help.

“We’ve added a test on how well golfers use the ground and a protocol to help them with that,” he says. “We’ve also added a test for how they sequence their golf swing and how well they use their arm and wrist mechanics for lag.”

The OverSpeed Regimen

OverSpeed Training doesn’t make you stronger and isn’t meant to train your swing mechanics. It’s brain training with physical benefits.

“Our brains tend to limit the speed our bodies can produce,” says Shay. “The brain may fear injury or pain or may even simply try to produce specific mechanic results. Overspeed Training proves to the brain that our bodies can move faster than it expects.”

Brain training is different than fitness training or even golf training. It’s not about the number of reps; it’s about the intensity of each individual rep. Once you’ve warmed up (an important step, says Shay), each training protocol takes about five to eight minutes to complete. And more, in this case, is not better.

“Over-training can be pretty detrimental,” says Shay. “We’re looking for three times a week with a full day off in between. That’s the sweet spot but you need to put some rest in there. We’re trying to build you up in your nervous system. Overdoing it won’t make any difference in your speed but you might injure yourself.”

SuperSpeed provides two years’ worth of training protocols as part of its package, and those protocols can earn you some pretty strange looks at the driving range. You swing each club – going from lightest to heaviest – as fast as you can from your dominant side and then you switch to your non-dominant side. The protocols also include a Kirby Puckett-style step swing, swings from a kneeling position and a Happy Gilmore hop, skip and swing routine.

“All of this is on purpose,” says Shay. “They provide huge advantages in creating more efficient biomechanics.”

“He Likes It! Hey, Mikey!”

Are you old enough to remember the old Life Cereal commercial with Mikey, the kid who hated everything?

Skepticism is certainly understandable. Hell, if someone told me I could gain 30 yards by July, I’d wonder where they got the peyote. But case studies are case studies and for our test group, the proof is in the proverbial pudding. Some found significant gains, others not so much. Still others simply didn’t keep up with regimen because, you know, life.

Others question spending hard-earned cash on something like this when a DIY option seems entirely reasonable.

“We put a lot of work into finding the proper weight, proper shaft length and developing the protocols,” says Shay. “If you get too light, it can really mess up your mechanics. If you get too heavy, you can not only mess up your mechanics but it can actually slow your swing down.”

So if you do want to go a homemade route, there’s nothing to stop you. As always, time and money are interchangeable. You can always save more of one by spending more of the other.

“We’ve seen guys putting washers on shafts. We just try to make it easier for people,” says Shay. “Just grab these and follow the protocols. I can’t stop people from building their own but we’ve made it easier not to.”

Whaddya say, Mikey?

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      Terry Blaine

      4 years ago

      For what it’s worth, here are my results with Super Speed. I started at 90 mph hitting ball with driver on average with swing speed radar. By week 6, when hitting balls with driver, averaged 94/95 mph. By week 8, hitting balls with driver, averaged 97-100. By end of week 14, averaged 98-102 mph hitting driver. Many 103/104’s. I am very happy with progress. I do the training every other day, and ends up being 3-4 times a week. You have to be patient, as gains don’t come quick. The last 3-4 weeks, I haven’t made any progress. I am ready to start protocol 3, on my next workout. I am curious to see how long it is before my next jump. Also, hitting outside, I have seen about a 20-25 yard gain with driver. That’s as real as it gets. I hope this helps someone.

      Reply

      Tony

      4 years ago

      Have been using this for five weeks on LEVEL 1..

      My swing speed with my actual driver has gone from 97 to an average of 110. Have had readings in 1115-119 range which I woudl say were not typical.
      With 7 iron from 85 to 96.
      My 4 iron is 102.
      All measured by Swing Speed Radar without a ball.

      With the lighter GREEN training club I average over 120., Blue around 115, Red around 110.

      Will see how this translates on the course now that it is warming up here in IOWA.
      My Carry on a well hit driver last year was around 255–258.

      I really like the training. so far.

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      hcp11

      4 years ago

      I bought these 2 years ago have been used them only off-season training..
      Progress in first 3 month training was from 95 mph to 105 mp. (driver speed). Now after 4 months winter training it is 112 mph.
      Only problem is that it does not help direction. Now I have to search my ball even deeper in the forest.

      Reply

      SuperSpeed Golf

      4 years ago

      Great to hear your speed gains. We’ve got some newer advanced speed development protocols that may help get that new distance straightened out for you. Feel free to test yourself for each on the website and add one in. Send us an email letting us know how it goes

      Reply

      dalehead

      4 years ago

      I have both knees replaced so swinging from my knees is out and I’m not too keen on the hop, step, jump.. Can I still benefit from the training?

      Reply

      Josh

      4 years ago

      If you’ve had both knees replaced, swinging from the knees and a lot of jumping/power work will likely increase risk of injury. You’ll likely get more gains from ensuring your hips/spine/shoulders and neck can rotate more efficiently. Taking lessons from a good pro will also help you maximize your efficiency. Best of luck!

      Reply

      Dan Corun

      4 years ago

      I believe it works in the short term as far as increasing SS, but I’d like to see what the results are over a longer period of time. Do you have to use the SS system forever to keep the brain trained, are your swing mechanic changes (such as the wildness) just temporary, after a period of time does the body & brain sync again? Just wondering.

      Reply

      John Barba

      4 years ago

      Good questions – one of our testers who experienced a substantial increase says he took six months off from is regimen due to work/life issues and noticed a SS regression. However, once he started up again he experienced a jump and is back on track.

      Wildness depends on the golfer. My own experience was some wildness off the tee. It wasn’t chronic or round killing, just annoying as hell. Was able to work through it in about a week. I’ve also taken some time off from the regiment – will be starting up again now that we’re all in self-quarantine mode.

      Reply

      Larry Hill

      4 years ago

      I tried and made my own using weights milled at a friends shop (no charge), they worked really well. But I found that I was developing some weird swing changes, so I quit using them. I would think it would be better if you could actually hit balls between the sets while using the weights. For example set one , then hit a few balls, and continue on. But, I’m not a physical trainer nor a golf pro, just my observations for myself.

      Reply

      Bobarino

      4 years ago

      Why in the world is MGS recycling a story from two years ago? Does someone affiliated with MGS have a financial stake in SS? Did SS get so beat up in the last post MGS is giving them a freebie? Ugh.

      Reply

      SuperSpeed Golf

      4 years ago

      Hi Bobarino, the staff at MGS thought it would be a great idea to do a refresher for substantial number of new readers they have compared to 2 years ago. So here it is!
      New content in the works later in the year for those who already are familiar.
      Hope you’re training is going well. Let us know if we can help with any of your protocols.

      Reply

      John Barba

      4 years ago

      One of the things I LOVE about our readers is many of you never miss a thing. Thank you for remembering an article from two years ago!!!

      Two years is a long time, and it’s important to remember that readers are like a parade, there are always new readers coming your way, so sharing the story with people who either weren’t around the first time, missed it the first time or don’t remember it from the first time isn’t a bad thing.

      Reply

      Dwayne

      4 years ago

      Being a major training aid chump, I bought the Super Speed product, I haven’t seen much good from it, and I do find that trying to swing fast ruins the sequencing of my swing.

      Too much upper body and arms.

      And I find my next range visit isn’t very good after working out this trainer.

      I think we get more out of stretching and exercising.

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      Josh

      4 years ago

      Hey Dwayne,

      Overspeed training can be an effective tool, but only if your body is able to handle the extra speed. If you have any mobility issues (hips/spine/shoulders/neck would be the major ones), the your body will either put the brakes on to prevent injury or you’ll alter your mechanics to try and swing faster (and could throw your tempo/timing as well), which sounds what you’re experiencing.

      Only if your current swing speed is under your potential power output will overspeed training be a major benefit. Chris Finn posted a great article on WRX showing you how to test yourself and see if overspeed training would help, or increase risk of injury.

      Here’s the article: http://www.golfwrx.com/567940/swing-speed-how-do-you-compare/

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      Dwayne

      4 years ago

      Yeah, that sounds like me, my swing speed is maxed out, two hip replacements, bad lower back, 60 yrs old. etc.

      Vertical jump? You mean up?

      Josh

      4 years ago

      Hey Dwayne, considering you’ve had 2 hip replacements, maintaining/improving your hip mobility as much as possible will definitely help your sequencing but there will be limits because of your joint replacements.

      Using the SuperSpeed Sticks is asking way too much from the what your body is able to handle. As a TPI golf fitness professional, I would never recommend overspeed training for people who have significant mobility issues as it dramatically increases risk of injury due.

      Maximizing the effectiveness and speed of your hands while controlling the club face is where you’ll make definitely see a speed jump. You likely find it difficult to increase your swing speed. Mike Malaska is a great place to start when it comes to learning to use the hands properly in the swing.

      Check this out…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg2O50I90bs

      Also, here’s a simple mobilizer for your hips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leJdjgH9t70&t=48s

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      Plumbob

      4 years ago

      I am a little underwhelmed by the testing side, MGS is all about us the consumer Golfer) and less about the manufacturers, it does this by statistics and performance and I love it. We are all chasing the long ball in one way or another without sacrificing spin, accuracy (dispersion), where are the 50 testers that are being statistically tested for 1.Gain through the stages, and 6 months out, 2. Impact on flight and spin 3. Dispersion. The equipment looks to do the job, but where is the independent rigorous testing MGS is know for on this product?

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      B.Boston

      4 years ago

      Plumbob, I’d encourage you to check out the forums and specifically the testing thread in there. Its a lot more than just the original testers now. I know I have joined in and posted my results so far as well.

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      David

      4 years ago

      Not sold on this idea. It has been proven , that overall this will
      slow one down and throw off rhythm. Baseball players found
      this out the hard way. Less bat speed and timing suffered.
      Next Trainer .

      Reply

      SuperSpeed Golf

      4 years ago

      You’re spot on David. There was actually a Sports Science episode done on it even. But what they were looking at was the standard donut placed on the barrel. It showed the players ended up with decreased bat speed and worse mechanics. Our system purposely does not follow that method as it was far too heavy. The key is the light clubs to develop the speed and also not getting too much heavier than ones own driver. We have a baseball system as well that is now slowly working its way into the professional ranks with 10 MLB teams using them throughout their farm systems up through the big leagues.

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      Mike

      4 years ago

      Sounds like a decent program and I’m sure there are plenty of examples of it working. But my big concern is my elbows, one’s rebuilt and the other has tendonitis. Can’t imagine that swinging those things are going to be good for it.

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      Justin T.

      4 years ago

      I’d love to see added details on dispersion. Added speed does me no good if I’m in our beautiful Pacific Northwest trees most of the time. I read the reference in the article that some people need to catch their skills up to their speed, but I’d prefer to see the data. How much accuracy is lost on average? For how long? How much is recovered? 5 mph is no small gain, but it’s worthless if I am losing a stroke every other hole chipping out.

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      Jimmy

      4 years ago

      I’ve been using these intermittently for a year so read this knowing I haven’t strictly followed the protocol. They absolutely work in increasing your speed AND your concerns are totally valid.

      To have real success with them, you need to be able to hit balls at least once a week in order to adjust your timing as you get faster. I actually did fine with the driver accuracy but had a hard time with irons – lost my known yardage numbers and accuracy, which led to doubt.

      Ended up not being worth it until I can commit the proper time to it. But I fully plan on doing it when I know I can do it correctly. They’d no question that it works, and that it’s mental. As for injuries, swinging fast doesn’t mean swinging hard. And there’s no impact in the training. Non-issue.

      Reply

      JW

      4 years ago

      I have used them and still using them. I can tell you that it definitely does work.

      Reply

      bobbyk

      4 years ago

      When Rock Bottom Golf has one of their 20% off sales, you can get a set delivered for $160. That’s as discounted as it gets. Hurricane Golf sells a knock-off set for even less, but you’ll never get past the first exercise protocol.

      Reply

      Max Parris

      4 years ago

      Hi guys. I have made my own super swing sticks. First I visited Mike golf shop here in Chattanooga.. He has hundreds of old clubs at three dollars each so I bought three shafts. Headed to the hardware store and bought three bolts to match up to 20%,10%, and 5% of the head weight of my driver. I started with five swings with each club every other day for several months. Then I cut the swings down to three with each club.. I could not swing the heaviest club much at all. As time passed I noticed the weight was becoming easier to swing. Thinking that I should add more weight back to the hardware store for
      more weights. You may ask what happened on the golf course. Nothing.
      Just joking. I have no way of testing so all I can tell you is that at this time I am hitting my driver on sloppy fairways as far as I did during the summer. The end result is this works for me.

      Reply

      ComeOnSense

      4 years ago

      I would buy a set for $150. including delivery. Where’s the discount for MGS members , 1st time buyers program or SlowSwing players??
      Thanks

      Reply

      RC

      4 years ago

      Sort of a natural progression from the donut on the baseball bat theory. Maybe it’s doing more neurological training than they think, meaning, things that you think work, end up working because you will yourself to overcome mind over matter. Anyway, interesting article, but I would like to see the comparative results.

      Reply

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