The concept is called “overspeed training,” designed to induce golfers to swing faster – but not necessarily harder – in an effort to increase distance. This is the basis of a system called SuperSpeed Golf.
It starts with the use of three training clubs, each with a cylindrical weight at the end of a shaft. Two are colored green and blue and weigh less than a standard driver, while the third, which is red, is heavier. A golfer starts swinging the green, which is the lightest, then gravitates to the blue (medium) before moving onto the red.
“This allows them to get their brains used to producing faster speeds,” said Mike Pech, national accounts manager for SuperSpeed Golf. “And they keep seeing those increases when they go back to their actual clubs.”
In addition to performing what Pech called a “light-to-heavy progression,” SuperSpeed programs also have players swinging the training clubs on their dominant and non-dominant sides, in other words both lefty and righty, to help increase mobility and stability.
According to Pech, distance gains from the SuperSpeed Golf system are only sustainable if a player continues to work on a regimen that consists of 5- to 10-minute sessions several days a week. Those who adhere to the program often realize distance gains of 5 to 8 percent, the company says.
Hundreds of tour professionals worldwide work with the SuperSpeed Golf training aid. It also is proving to be popular with club professionals, such as Shaun McElroy, who holds the top job at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois.
“I have been using SuperSpeed Golf for myself, and for my members,” he said. “If you are looking for distance, this is the best way to go. I am hitting my drives 10 to 15 yards farther, and every time I have taken a student through the protocol, I see increases in their clubhead speeds as well.”
A set of three training clubs sells for $199, and versions are available for juniors, seniors, women, men and long-drive competitors. As for the SuperSpeed Golf training programs, they are available on the company’s website for free.