The premise of the SuperSpeed Golf Training system is simple.
“OverSpeed Training”: the body moves faster than usual during any given motor program. Swinging a golf club, tennis racket or baseball/softball bat – that sort of thing. In doing so, SuperSpeed’s growing body of evidence suggests the body is able to permanently increase its neuromuscular reaction speed.
Basically, you make a faster-than-normal motion, which tells your brain it should remember and expect to perform at or near this level. Over time and with repeated exposure to various protocols, the increases in performance become relatively permanent.
As opposed to sport-specific strength or cardiovascular training, SuperSpeed Golf doesn’t directly target muscle mass or the circulatory system. SuperSpeed works to take the governor off our neurological engine to access the potential of each golfer. Absent copious amounts of supporting data and tour-player acceptance, it would be easy to cast SuperSpeed as another questionable training aid. If anything, the converse appears to be more accurate.
The standard SuperSpeed training system uses a base set of three clubs and five protocols. Each training phase lasts roughly six to eight weeks. Future MyGolfSpy articles will delve into each protocol and the applications of the SuperSpeed training regimen.
In addition to the standard three-club system, SuperSpeed has added a counter-weighted training club, the SuperSpeed-C, for use in addition to or separate from the standard methodology.
Conceptually, counter-weighting is simple. It alters the weight distribution of the club, shifting the balance point closer to the player’s hands. That said, the application of counter-weighting is specific to the type of club.
With putters, products such as Balance Certified and SuperStroke CounterCore add weight at the butt end of the grip. This increases the weight of the club and often promotes a stroke where the hands are less involved.
Counter-weighting is often used in driver shaft designs. In this case, by shifting weight above the traditional fulcrum point, counter-balanced shafts allow for over-length builds that maintain a reasonable swing-weight. For example, let’s say a driver with a 200-gram head and 45” playing length has a swing weight of D2 – D4 (pretty standard). If that driver were extended to 46”, without any adjustments to the shaft or head, it would be closer to D8 – E0 (borderline telephone pole). To get the same club back to D2, it would require reducing the head weight by roughly 12 grams. However, counter-balanced shafts effectively do this without requiring further modification.
The same physics behind counter-weighting exist with the SuperSpeed-C but, as with all SuperSpeed Golf training devices, the objective is increased swing speed. With the C-Club, more mass sits behind your hands forcing a faster release of the club during the downswing, according to SuperSpeed. Because of the weight distribution, the hands and arms are forced to work faster which, again, serves to help rewrite the brain’s neuromuscular understanding of this motor system.
SuperSpeed recommends training three days per week with a day of rest between for optimal results. C-Club-specific training protocols can replace one of the three typical sessions or exist as a stand-alone training platform.
The C-Club targets players who struggle to allow the club to release during the downswing and can benefit from more active hands’/arm use during the swing. It also provides an option for existing SuperSpeed users to change things up a bit, if desired.
The SuperSpeed-C Club is currently available at a retail price of $99.99.
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