There’s no question that the number one priority for many golfers is how to hit the ball farther. I’ve discussed this concept at length in several articles on the site because I have a viewpoint that’s different than most.
I believe it makes sense to learn how to strike the ball more efficiently to gain more distance, which means striking the ball closer to the sweet spot of the club. That is something that I think many golfers can learn how to do.
When we talk about adding swing speed to increase distance, things can get a little murky. There is no question that if you can add more speed to your swing, all things being equal, you will hit the ball farther. However, when some golfers try to add swing speed, they swing harder, not faster, which is a real problem (more on that later).
For that reason, I’ve always been a bit reticent for someone to try to learn how to add swing speed without any formal system to help them.
I now stand corrected.
For the past few months, I have been testing a product that I believe can provide a clear plan for golfers looking to add distance to their game, and more importantly, real results.
It’s called SuperSpeed Golf, and their Overspeed training system is starting to spread throughout the golf world rather quickly for a good reason. It works.
What is Overspeed Training?
Overspeed training is not a new concept in the golf world. It’s been used in many other sports for years.
It is defined as the following:
Overspeed is when an athlete moves his or her body or parts of the body at speeds higher than average competitive speeds. An Overspeed workout requires athletes to move as much as 8-13 percent faster than they are capable of moving unassisted.
Mostly what you are doing is "tricking" your body to move faster than it thinks it can, to make your normal movement quicker than it once was. I had a conversation with Lee Cox, the coach of this year's long drive champion Joe Miller, and he is a strong proponent of this kind of training. He likens it to removing the governor from a golf cart.
Long drive contestants have been using Overspeed training for a couple of decades now, and it allows them to produce swing speeds that can top 150 mph (for reference, the average PGA Tour Player is around 110 to 120 mph with their drivers).
SuperSpeed Golf sought to make an Overspeed training system that everyday golfers can utilize through the use of shafts that are different weights. They have designed a series of training regimens that have produced some serious results in golfers who have stuck with it.
Back in July, I was able to meet with one of the co-founders of SuperSpeed Golf, Kyle Shay, at my golf course. I was a little suspicious of how the product would work, but pretty intrigued by all of the testimonials I had seen on social media from people who had gone through the training regimen.
We did a quick test with his Trackman unit to measure my results with my driver swings. In the past, I had been swinging my driver in the 107-111 mph range, but over the last year, I’ve lost a little “pop” in my swing and have been down in the low 100mph range. My initial test swings registered about 102-103mph before going through the demo.
At that point, Kyle had me go through the introductory training protocol. You are mostly swinging as fast as you can with a series of weighted shafts starting from lighter to heavier. You can watch this video to see what it looks like.
Kyle stressed several times that I am trying to swing faster and not harder. I knew what he was talking about because most golfers fall into the pitfall of trying to swing harder when they want to hit the ball farther. Their swing mechanics fall apart, and it doesn’t allow them to make a solid strike.
However, swinging faster allows your body to make a more efficient movement that will result in more consistent ball striking. The problem is that most golfers don’t have a way to do it properly.
That was the main thing I was concerned with was when using the SuperSpeed Golf training clubs. I didn’t want it to affect the tempo of my swing (anyone who is a reader of the site knows that is extremely important to me).
After I was finished, I returned to my driver. Surprisingly my swing didn’t feel that different. The club felt a little heavy for the first 3-4 swings, but that disappeared quickly.
I didn’t feel like I was trying any harder, and my swing registered in the 105-108 mph range. Not a huge gain, but a noticeable difference within minutes. Kyle explained this is pretty typical for most people who first train with the product. Most users see a 3% - 8% increase immediately, but it will go away quickly if they don’t follow through with the training protocol.
Training with SuperSpeed Golf
After seeing the results in my first session, I committed to doing the first training protocol with the SuperSpeed clubs.
Three days a week, I did about a 5-minute workout and kept track of my progress with a swing speed radar.
The workouts with SuperSpeed Golf are fast and intense. They leave you a little bit winded if you’re doing it correctly. The added benefit of this is that this kind of workouts are extremely beneficial for your cardiovascular health.
There is no question that I saw results with this product. When I first started using it, my driver speed was registering in the low 100s.
Towards the end of the six weeks, I was topping out at about 112 mph. That’s almost a 10% gain, which is pretty huge.
Who is this product for?
I believe SuperSpeed Golf is best suited for more serious golfers. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but sticking with the training regimen does require a certain level of commitment. If you stop training with the clubs, you will most likely lose the speed that you have built up over time.
Does every golfer need to add 5-10% of swing speed to their games? Absolutely not.
However, adding that kind of speed can certainly make serious changes in your game. No question hitting the ball farther while being able to maintain your normal swing will be a scoring advantage on the course.
I believe that’s the main benefit of SuperSpeed Golf. It allows you to increase the speed of your swing without actually changing it. My swing felt no different throughout the training process, which was my biggest fear of trying it out.
This is an excellent product that does deliver on its promises, but I couldn’t say that every golfer out there should be using it. If there are other elements of your swing that need work first, I would undoubtedly address those before you worry about adding speed.
But 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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