By Dominic Choma, Club Fitter
If there is one piece of data in the game of golf that golfers care about more than any other, Clubhead Speed might be it. For good reason, as the amount of speed a player can generate has a direct correlation to how far they are capable of hitting the ball. Players of all levels would be lying if they said they wouldn’t want to gain 10-20 yards of distance, and increasing Clubhead Speed is one of the easiest ways to achieve that.
SuperSpeed Golf has developed a training system to help golfers increase their swing speed. The system is a set of sticks that vary in weight, and a protocol that is designed to help the golfer increase their clubhead speed when the sticks are swung in a certain order. There are different levels in the protocol, with the difficulty increasing the longer the player has done the training. If this protocol is done 2 to 3 times a week, the player should see an increase in clubhead speed of 5-8% in 4-6 weeks.
Does this system actually work? Paul Haase, an instructor at the Kendall Academy, has had multiple students of his over the past year and half use the SuperSpeed training system, and the results are telling. The data we are going to use is the results of 3 of his students and Paul Haase himself after they have used the system for a few months. The students are a 19 year old male collegiate golfer, a woman in her 40’s, a mid 30’s male, and Paul who is 70. Results are below:
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I was interested to see how this system worked for players across the entire spectrum of age, but especially golfers who are in the 30’s, 40’s and older. Reason being is that most golfers tend to lose speed as they get older, and as a Club Fitter one of the biggest complaints I get from my customers is that they are not hitting the ball as far as they used to with their current clubs. Sometimes this can just be due to a loss in clubhead speed, and the clubs they currently have go as far as that player is capable of hitting the ball. With equipment taken out of the equation, I wondered if speed training could help increase their clubhead speed. The good news is that regardless of age, all 4 players gained between 7 and 8 miles per hour of clubhead speed. The increase in speed is exciting, because each player also gained at least 20 yards of carry distance off the tee, with one golfer seeing an increase of 36 yards in carry distance. Now being properly fit helped our golfers maximize the distance that they gained, so we cannot say that increasing swing speed was the sole reason the our golfers gained as much distance as they did. However, we can safely assume that the increase of clubhead speed by 7-8 miles per hour for each golfer helped our group each gain 20 yards of carry distance. Gaining 20 yards off the tee means having shorter approach shots into the greens, and any golfer regardless of skill will see their scores go down if they are hitting a shorter club into the green. Overall, our results show that SuperSpeed training works for golfers of different ages and genders, and that the increases can be significant.
The SuperSpeed training system is available for golfers of all ages and abilities, ranging from different junior sets all the way up to sticks designed for long drivers who swing 140 miles per hour. The system ranges from $189.99 for the Pee-Wee set, up to $299.99 for the long drive edition, and each box includes a light, medium and heavy stick along with an instruction card to help the player get started in the system. The system is a great way for anyone who is looking to increase their clubhead speed in order to hit the ball further, as our data has shown. Golfers of different ages and different genders saw an increase in clubhead speed, and each one gained at least 20 yards in distance off of the tee.