The primal golfer inside all of us wants to hit the ball farther. It does not take a brain surgeon to workout that achieving greater distance with each club will lower your scores. What would you rather be hitting your approach shot into the green with, a 5 iron or a wedge?
Part of the attraction of hitting the ball farther is not only the idea that it can help lower our scores, it just feels so good! Is that not what it is all about? Golf is game and it is meant to bring us some pleasure. There is nothing like smashing a drive 280 yards down the fairway.
How can we learn to hit the ball farther? For one thing, technique is very important. Technique is what allows us to deliver the club to the ball efficiently. Tour pros exemplify what is known as lag in the swing. Once we have decent technique by generating lag we generally hit the ball further. However, all the technique in the world without sufficient speed in the swing will mean getting out-driven by our buddies. Enter overspeed training. Overspeed training is the notion that we can train our mind to get our muscles to fire more rapidly. That is what the company SuperSpeed Golf claim.
SuperSpeed Golf Training System
SuperSpeed have developed special weighted clubs meant to be swung in the air as fast as possible. With these clubs comes a series of protocols designed to help the golfer permanently increase the speed of their swing. SuperSpeed indicate that for every 1 Mph increase in club head speed the golfer will experience an increase of 2.5 yards in carry distance. SuperSpeed also claim that their customers experience a 5% increase in speed in just one session. By following the 6 week SuperSpeed program the increase can be made permanent. So if the average male golfer has a driver swing speed of 85 mph and is able to get a 5% increase in speed that would bring his speed up to 89.25 Mph and provide a theoretical increase of at least 10 yards in carry. On a 380 yard par 4 where the golfer would normally hit a 230 yard drive and be left with a 150 yard 7 iron shot, the 5% increase in swing speed would mean he hits a 240 yard drive leaving him a 140 yard 8 or 9 iron shot.
By the way, SuperSpeed is used by many top tour pros like Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, and Bryson Dechambeau. But the question is, does oversspeed training help the average amatuer golfer? MyGolfSpy published this article on their findings with the over speed training system. They had nine testers try the SuperSpeed system and the results were quite significant. During the first protocol, testers showed an increase in driver swing speed of 8.2 MPH on average.
Phil Mickelson Training With SuperSpeed
Points of Caution
As with many forms of training, it is important to point out any potential negative side effects. The MyGolfSpy article noted that for some participants in the SuperSpeed test their accuracy suffered. So while it's great to hit it long. The ideal is to hit it long and straight. The SuperSpeed system involves swinging clubs in the air without hitting balls or paying much attention to technique. Our suggestion is to dedicate adequate time to technique so that any gains in distance are not adversely affected by poor accuracy.
Another side effect of the system is your current driver (if not your whole set) may be less suited to your new found speed. In an era of custom fitting, one of the main attributes measured is club head speed. So, to get maximum performance, you may end up forking out some cash to get yourself a new driver fitted to your new swing.
The SuperSpeed training system does work. The question for you to decide is if you really need or want to get some extra distance. If you do, then the investment in the SuperSpeed system (about the price of two private lessons) might just be worth it.