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The need for speed -SuperSpeed Golf builds fast twitch muscles Training regimen promises increased swing speeds and more distance

By Mike Lednovich, Editor & Publisher

ORLANDO, Fl. — You hear it over and over, swing speed equals distance.

But how to you get it and just as important, how do you keep it.

Welcome to “Overspeed training” used by tour pros Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Charles Howell III and Xander Schauffele.

What is overspeed training?

“Overspeed Training works by getting the body to move at a faster than normal speed during a known motor pattern,” explained Mike Napoleon, President and Founder of SuperSpeed Golf. “Essentially the brain has a set range of speed for the neuro-muscular response when a golfer makes a golf swing. We first need to increase the response speed from the body by reducing the “load” or in this case the weight of the club.

We then need to gradually increase this load to teach the brain that the body is capable of running the motor pattern faster. In our application to golf, we use a club that is about 20% lighter than a driver, one that is 10% lighter, and one that is 5% heavier in order to achieve maximum results from overspeed training.”

The SuperSpeed Golf Training Set includes three clubs with weights instead of club heads. The green is 20 percent lighter than a driver, the blue is 10 percent lighter and the red is five percent heavier.

You swing each club three times as fast as you can, ending with the red club. You then swing left handed and repeat the process.

“On average we see a swing speed of five miles-per-hour,” Napoleon said. “That means more distance. We recommend training three times per week for optimal results.”

Customers also get access to SuperSpeed’s online video training series to maximize the Overspeed training program.

There’s plenty of support on the training program on the internet. Like any exercise regimen, the key is doing it on a consistent basis. We’re starting ours today. We’ll report back after four week.

The video below is Mike Napoleon explaining the level 1 program and how SuperSpeed Golf works.

 

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ProCheck – is your golf ball as advertised? Soft as a grape or hard as a rock can mean a loss of 15% in distance

We watched in amazement as the fellas at ProCheck asked for a ball out of our bag. It was a TaylorMade Noodle that had been unused for quite some time. It’s supposed to be soft and low compression. They popped that Noodle into the ProCheck and with a push of a button discovered my Noodle was now a rock hard Pinacle.

Time does that to a golf ball. Who knew?

“A golfer achieves the maximum energy transfer and the most driving distance if the hardness (compression) of the ball is matched to their swing speed of the club,” said John Donahue. “Golfers with slower swing speeds (60-70 mph) should play softer golf balls, and those with fast swing speeds (100-110 mph) should play firmer golf balls. Matching swing speed with ball compression causes the ball to have the optimum degree of flattening at impact. That flattening creates a trampoline-like energy transfer. Too much flattening or too little reduces the energy transfer. This concept is well understood in the golfing world.”

Donahue said the majority of amateur and recreational golfers aren’t playing the correct golf ball to their swing speeds. He also said not all golf balls in a box of a dozen are the exact same compression.

“Each manufacturer measures compression with a laboratory device called an ATTI. Each manufacturing year’s ball run is assigned an ATTI number based on the average compression of a sample of balls. These compression numbers are published and can be found on the 2016 GBT Technologies pdf website,” Donahue said.  “But here’s the rub. Those numbers are averages and there can be a significant difference from ball to ball, even in the same box. Some manufacturers have tighter control over compression variability than others.”

The ProCheck measures the compression of a golf ball on a scale of very soft to very firm, with three measures in between.

Weather is another factor impacting the compression of the ball.

On a very hot day, the ball loses compression and you should play a harder ball than usual. On a cold day, the ball gets harder and you should play a softer ball to get the maximum distance. So whether you are teeing it up on a Saturday morning with a brand new ball or just reaching into your bag for something white — the compression may be much different than what you want and that will affect your distance by 10-20%. Now you can test your golf ball’s compression with a sophisticated hand held device that will give you confidence that the ball you are playing is right for you. You can be sure the compression of that ball matches your swing speed.

ProCheck is available exclusively on www.revolutiongolf.com

 

 

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Trackers are everywhere – here is DuoTrac

We were in a vendor line and ran across DuoTrac. We’ve used the text from their website and we hope to see it in action on the PGA Show floor this week.

From Coachlabs.com

Analyzing only your swing is not enough. Your body motion affects your club path and control. By improving your body motion and swing together, you can achieve effortless power and tour-player consistency. By improving your hip-sway

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Golf Elevator – the easy answer to keep putter grips dry device fits on the end of the grip and included a ball marker

What’s great about the PGA Merchandise Show is that every year there’s somebody tinkering in their garage comes up with a pretty niffy product.

We ran into the Golf Elevator at Tour Edge’s 13th Annual Media Day at the Lake Nona County Club in Orlando.  The Golf Elevator is essentially a sturdy and durable kickstand for your putter with a built in magnetic ball marker. The device fits snugly into the end of your grip. To use it, pull on the end cap, swivel the stand 90 degrees and there you have it. a ready made stand that keeps the putter grip high and dry.

The Golf Elevator is also easy to remove, so if you replace the grip or buy/change putter, you can install it on the new putter.

The company can also put custom logos on the ball marker.

Golf Elevator retails for $20. Go to https://www.golfelevator.com/

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The Shark Experience will bite badly

Greg Norman – together with partners Verizon, GPSi and Club Car – wants to bring all your home entertainment (news, sports, music, golf tips, etc.) to your golf cart. That’s exactly what he’s pitching to golf courses in 2018 in pursuit of the ever elusive millennial golfer.

Listen up, it’s a very bad idea on many fronts. Here’s why:

Don’t you play golf to get away from all the noise and clutter of your daily life? Chomp, that’s going to be gone because an active streaming tablet in a cart will always grab your attention.

We all know that golf is losing participants because it just takes too long to play 18 holes. I quit playing weekends in Southern California because my average 18 was taking five and half hours and I play fast.  Compounding the problem is courses booking foursomes every eight minutes instead of every 10 to squeeze in more players.

Now imagine foursomes watching Alabama-Georgia football during their round. Or dialing up Norman’s golf tip on getting out of a bunker. Chomp, the shark will add more delays, not speed up play. Can you say six hour round.

As you’re driving to your ball isn’t the point to be thinking about your next shot (distance, hazards in place, etc.)? Chomp, that’s gone because you’ve been watching Foster the People’s latest music video or checking out Bloomberg TV to see how your Apple stock is doing.

 

One aspect of golf is its social component. You’re on a beautiful plot of land surrounded by nature and hopefully you’re engaging with the people in your foursome. Chomp! Ever see a group of four people eating lunch and they’re all staring at their cellphones. Same condition will exist in the golf cart. Instead of being on the tee together, players will hang in their carts until someone yells, “Hey while we’re young!”

And let’s face it, the Shark Experience won’t be free and guess who foots the bill? Chomp, you do. Hey what’s in your wallet? Aren’t green fees already fat enough along with over priced hot dogs, drinks and tipping the bag boy?

Remember texting and driving? How about watching the Shark Experience while going over a narrow bridge or adjacent to a pond or that monster bunker. Chomp, someone distracted is going to get hurt or hurt others.

Finally I have this to say. Do we really need to make regular golf like TopGolf? God help us if the answer is yes.

 

 

 

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