Ever wonder how smaller tour pros like Rickie Fowler and “the body” Justin Thomas are hitting these 320+ yard drives? It’s definitely not from their immense physical stature and strength; instead, it’s the speed they are able to generate in their swings. Golf fitness has become a leading focus of serious golfers, with an emphasis around building flexibility and speed to power longer drives.
A company that is on the forefront of speed-training is Chicago-based SuperSpeed Golf. Founded by Michael Napoleon (a PGA Professional) and Kyle Shay (a certified TPI trainer and corrective exercise specialist), SuperSpeed focuses on overspeed training, a common training practice in almost all other sports. Overspeed training is the act of making your body move faster in a particular motor pattern than your brain thinks is physically possible.
SuperSpeed’s training system utilizes a set of 3 clubs (photo below) that look and feel like normal clubs, except the traditional club head is replaced by a weight. The training clubs are color-coded to denominate their different weights: green (20% lighter than a standard driver), blue (10% lighter than a standard driver) and red (5% heavier than a standard driver). Training protocols have various levels of difficulty and can all be found on their website, here.
Generating increases in club head speed doesn’t take long, according to Napoleon and Shay, as they see an average of a 5% uptick in swing speed immediately following a golfer’s first session with their product. These types of results are making brand advocates of golf’s best, as SuperSpeed estimates that about 20 tour pros are currently using their product, including the likes of Luke Donald, Mark Wilson, Scott Stallings, Chris Kirk and Women’s US Open Champion, In Gee Chun, to name a few.
SuperSpeed isn’t just appealing to Tour players. Many top instructors across the country are recommending the product to their students, including Mike Bender, Chuck Cook and Martin Hall to name a few. Here is what friend of the fried egg and PGA Professional, Kiel Alderink, had to say:
“Speed is far more important than power. Everyone is obsessed with getting stronger, but strength doesn't mean you can go faster. For speed training, SuperSpeed is the best product I have seen.”
Last week, I decided to see what all the buzz was about, taking a visit to SuperSpeed’s training studio in downtown Chicago. I had received the training system a few weeks prior and played around with the clubs a bit to get a feel for them.
Kyle and Mike had me start off by warming up like I normally would, hitting shots on their trackman simulator until we felt fully warmed-up. We then measured our driver clubhead speed prior to using the SuperSpeed training clubs. The results are below:
I then began the beginner’s training circuit. To start, you swing the training clubs from lightest to heaviest, swinging as fast as you possibly can 5 times both right-handed and left-handed. A question I posed was, why swing left-handed? The answer was very well thought out: in a golf swing, your opposite muscles are used to help develop muscles that stabilize your swing through impact.
After swinging normally, I moved onto the second piece of the training: step-in swings. The goal of this exercise is to promote the separation of your upper and lower body. This is an aspect of the golf swing that PGA Tour pros do extremely well and fuels the look of their effortless power.
Following that exercise, the SuperSpeed team had me close out with five right-handed swings with the green training club (lightest) before we hit some more drivers to compare the speed results to when I had arrived.
We saw an uptick of about 3.2 mph in club head speed, which can translate into about 5-8 yards off the tee. The goal of the beginner’s protocol is to get you to this speed right out of the gate. Since I had been using these for a couple weeks, it’s likely that my initial speed had already increased slightly.
As you progress to SuperSpeed’s more advanced protocols, they will continue to push your swing speed higher and higher, leading to longer and longer drives.
So what’s the fried egg’s overall take on SuperSpeed?
We highly recommend this product for anyone who is looking to add clubhead speed and distance to their game. Our favorite part of SuperSpeed’s training clubs is how convenient it is for busy golfers to use. All you need is ample space for a golf swing (I found myself practicing in the parking garage) and about 10 minutes of time per session to complete.
SuperSpeed’s training clubs retail for $199.99 and can be bought on their website here.
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