Have you ever heard of the concept of over speed training? Neither had I! It's training using different weighted clubs so you can let your body experience performing the golf swing at a faster speed. By switching to slightly heaver clubs you can build up that swing speed for the times you're actually using your driver. Mike & Kyle from Super Speed Golf take this concept to the next level.
It’s an offshoot of Michael and Kyle’s other company Catalyst Golf Performance in Chicago.
It involves a concept called over speed training.
It increases swing speed (and therefore distance) by using a series of different weighted shafts.
In general, people don’t know how to practice; you need to have a plan.
When clients have a much more structured plan, it helps them improve at a faster rate, and also improves their confidence on the golf course.
Keep tabs of your statistics and progress. Always try to better your own personal scores. Be aware of how you’re doing.
Food journaling is also important-are there snacks in your bag? What are you eating before and after? What are you drinking on the course?
Your body has a memory of how fast the muscular response is going to be when you run that motor pattern (throwing a ball, kicking, swinging a club etc) Your body is used to going at a certain speed.
Your body is actual capable of going much faster than that. Super Speed reprograms what your body thinks is normal speed so you can get a faster more efficient motor response.
They accomplish this by using lighter instruments compared to a golf club (three different clubs are used during training).
Flash memory is made when using these lighter clubs, and when you add the load of a heavier club, your body is used to going faster.
Once you get back to your normal club, there’s usually a 5-6% increase in your club speed.
It takes time for the permanency of this new speed to take hold, about 4-6 weeks afterwards.
A lot of people want to even out their body (using both the right and left sides)
It’s good to train the acceleration and deceleration of the swing.
You need to be able to stop your body faster in order to make it go faster.
If you’re body thinks it’s out of control it will automatically slow things down.
If you only play golf one way, a lot of imbalances will occur that can cause injury later on. This doesn’t mean you have to start playing opposite your dominant side, but it would be a good idea to start taking swings that way on a regular basis.
Everyone starts with the introduction protocol. It’s a good way to get the body acclimated.
After a couple of weeks, the level one program focuses on three different positions; kneeling, standing, and a step change in direction position where you take an extra step through the swing, really planting the lead foot when you swing.
Most clients are in level one for at least 4-6 weeks.
Around the three month mark is when the next level occurs. It’s basically increasing the intensity of the swings. They make everything a little bit faster with fewer reps.
Clients are hitting the ball 30 yards farther than they were a year ago.
People are getting more efficient in their swings and are more stable.
Decrease in injuries occur because people learn how to move their bodies
As a personal testimonial, this interview was about a month ago. I’ve been doing over speed training since then and I’m starting to see some really impactful results. I’m a bigger hitter carrying around 250-60 averaging about 280 overall. Over the last two weeks my drives have been carrying, CARRYING, about 275 and I’m frequently getting out over 300 yards. Now I’ve been taking it pretty seriously and doing the drills about 4-5 times per week, but I can tell you that it’s really paying off.
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Well the 30 Day Challenge has come and gone. Now that it's over, what have we learned and what should be taken away from the whole process?
There are two main takeaways here: Shifting to an external focus rather than internal technical ones and what it takes to track progress.
People often get wrapped up in the technical aspects of golf, quickly drowning in a sea of swing thoughts and position. The unifying theme that all of these practice sessions had was an external focus.
What does that even mean? Well, it means that we don't really care about the technique you use to complete the practice, but that you learn how to do it your way and develop confidence in your way.
There have been multiple scientific studies done that have proven higher success rates using external focus vs internal (technical) focus.
For many people tracking stats is a very familiar thing. They keep fairways, puts, and maybe greens in regulation on the bottom of their card. That's a great start, but not nearly enough to fully leverage your abilities.
If you want to experience success on the course you have to make your practice more difficult than when you actually play. To make sure that you follow a well thought out plan you need to track how well you perform under these different practice circumstances.
I encourage you to keep a small notepad in your bag or use a blank scorecard to note exactly how well you do each time you practice. That way when you do a routine a 2nd or 3rd time, you'll know where to start to maximize your learning.