Overspeed training has been a proven method of increasing speed within many sports over the years. The basic premise behind overspeed training is that we are getting the body to move at a faster than normal speed during a specific motor pattern. In the case of us golfers, each one of us has our own unique set speed for the neuro-muscular response when we make a golf swing. This is our current speed limit and in order to increase its speed, we need to reset it. Yes, the mind truly is a governor of speed in the body!
In order to begin the reset process, first we increase the speed with which we make a golf swing. To do this we reduce the “load”, or in this case the weight of the club, in order for the body to move faster. Our programming begins by utilizing a 10% decrease in weight. Moving forward in training we gradually decrease the weight of the club in order to teach our neuromuscular system into believing that the body can run the motor pattern even faster as we continually swing faster. Doing this consistently over and over during training makes the speed gains permanent and part of our new nueromuscular response to swinging a golf club.
With its patent pending design, The LAUNCH CODE™ Overspeed Trainer is the only overspeed trainer on the market that allows you to use your own driver’s grip and shaft for training. We believe this is incredibly important when it comes to transferring training results to your real game. Let’s start with the grip. Your grip connects you to the club. More than likely you selected the size and style of grip specifically to suit your game and both can have a huge effect on grip pressure. A grip that's too small, or too large, too tacky, or not tacky enough can cause both physical and mental issues when it comes to swinging as fast as you can. The wrong grip size can also cause technical issues to creep in. From a speed perspective, the wrong grip size and feel can cause tension or slipping in your hands which absolutely will affect your ability to swing the club fast.
When it comes to the shaft, feel and feedback can have a great affect on how a player uses their hands through impact. From shaft length and weight to shaft flex, we want it to be as close to the real thing as possible so we can eliminate any feel or feedback issues upon transference to a golfer’s real game. Both feel and feedback have a large impact on speed performance.
Outside of the feel and feedback of the grip and shaft, we must look at the weights of these two with respect to our training percentages. Other overspeed trainers have adopted “average” weight systems. Average just isn’t cutting it. There are 25 million golfers in the US alone! None of our clubs are average. Grip weights can range from 25 grams up to 70+ grams. Shaft weights can range from 40 grams up to 70+ grams as well. Add on top of that the weight of a driver head, which is slightly more average for most of us (although many golfers add lead tape or additional weights) and you can have differences of up to 60+ grams from one person to the next. We decided to create a product that would fit any and all driver setups, allowing you to get every bit of training out of it.
Our product will also adapt with you over time as your needs and clubs change. We’ll also be able to create new and better training exercises and weightings as the science grows and that science will be open to all the coaches and trainers out there because of the endless weighting options available.
We have also trimmed down the number of reps other training programs call for, as they aren't needed and can be detrimental to speed training. We have done this in an effort to build in much needed rest time between sets, which will allow you to get 100% effort out of each and every swing and still spend no more than 15 minutes from setup to putting the driver back in your bag. Other overspeed trainers have training exercises calling for up to 100 swings! We have found that amount of training to be not only unnecessary for results, but unsustainable and unhealthy for golfers in the long term.
So, what would you prefer? An average swing speed trainer or one designed just for you, paired with carefully crafted training that calls for less reps and offers excellent results?
For most golfers, yes! Overspeed training can work for any golfer, no matter the age or skill level. However, there are those golfers out there who may not see the results they are expecting or who aren't good candidates for overspeed training at this time.Those golfers already completing overspeed training with another system may or may not see results with our product depending on where they are at in the current program they are completing. However, we believe our product is still an excellent option to continue training with in the long term due to it's portability and customization options. As well as those completing another program, golfers who may already be at their peak speed levels may not see the results they hope for.
Additionally, this type of training isn't typically a good fit for golfers who may have below average strength or mobility for their age. This program involves very fast and explosive swing training and could possibly injure someone not physically able to handle swinging in such a manner. We would always recommend any golfer with any physical limitations or concerns to speak with their doctor before starting training. We would recommend golfers lacking average strength and mobility to start with a a strength and mobility training program first and then progress to overspeed training with the help of a professional trainer and/or golf coach. This is the best way to move forward from a health and swing speed gains perspective, as starting training without having the proper strength or mobility levels will certainly hamper results.
Ideally, three days per week is best. However, two days per week will still get you the same results...it just may be a little slower to make permanent. You'll want to take into account a few things. One, are you physically capable of training three days a week? Training is short, but intense. Do you have the time? Maybe you are super busy and can only squeeze in two sessions per week...that's ok. Either choice is going to get you the results you want with just a slight difference in the timeline.
Typical speed gains will average around 4-7% for the first jump in speed. This will take roughly 8 weeks to normalize and make permanent. Through the next two months you will go through a plateau where your speed will roughly stay the same. Then somewhere around month 4 thru 6 you should see another speed gain of roughly 3-4%. Again, you'll plateau. At this point, we recommend making a decision. You can continue and move on to the higher level exercises, in which the next jump will take roughly 6 to 8 months to see any speed gains. Or, you can maintain at this level. At this level you've probably gained on average 7-11% swing speed increase.
For every 1 mph of swing speed gained you can expect roughly 2.5 yds of distance with the driver. Don’t forget, the increase in swing speed won’t be seen only in the driver. You can expect speed gains in all your clubs, with an average of 1.5 yds per mph for your wedges, progressively moving up about .1 yds per club as you move towards the driver.
Swinging from your opposite side is all about developing balance and efficiency. Since the golf swing is such a one-sided activity, over time we tend to develop imbalances in our muscles on each side of the body. This leads to a lack of power and stability. Training from the opposite side helps to re-balance our body and increases stability and power production.
There are many ways you can document your swing speed before, during, and after training. We always recommend starting our training programs knowing exactly where you are with your driver swing speed and periodically checking it at different intervals during training.
High end launch monitors such as Flightscope, Trackman, or Foresight are always great to use if you have access to them. If not, there are many affordable options you can purchase, many of which we have listed on our accessories page HERE. While it is not required for you to have a way to document training speeds in order to see outstanding results, it helps some people to see the numbers and pushes them to swing even faster.
Training locations are up to you. This can be done anywhere there is space. We recommend having something soft underneath the swing area just in case you accidentally hit the ground. Always make sure you aren’t swinging towards or around someone else.
We’ve got a great introduction video to get you started. For Adults click HERE.
Setting up a dedicated trainer is simple. While we recommend a professional clubfitter connect your adapter and shaft, it is a simple process if you decide to do it on your own. You'll need a high quality epoxy for this job. Simply follow the application directions and connect the adapter to the tip of the shaft. After proper setting, you can connect and train. Place the rubber insert over the adapter and then the head. If you are going to keep the head on the shaft at all times, use the locking washer and screw. If you plan on removing the head after training every time, the locking washer is not needed.
Never force yourself to complete any exercise that causes pain or makes you uncomfortable. Safety always comes first. If you have any lingering physical issues, we recommend seeking advice from your doctor prior to training.
Overspeed training is fairly taxing on the neurological system and requires more rest than a typical workout. Our advice, trust the process and allow the training to do its job. Stick to three days a week with at least a day of rest in between sessions.
In short, this is because of the way our energy systems in our body work. Specifically, we are talking about the ATP-PC system. This energy system provides our muscles with the most power because it does so more quickly than other energy systems. It is the first power system our body goes to. The problem, it only lasts for 10-15 seconds before we start seeing power outputs decrease and it needs rest to replenish itself.
We want our power capacity to be as close to 100% as possible during our training so we get the most speed possible with EVERY swing. If we continue training past the depletion of our ATP-PC system, past 10-15 seconds (or 4-5 swings) we start training endurance as opposed to power and while over time our programming will absolutely help your endurance, that is not the goal of speed training. This is why it so important to rest for 2 minutes in between training sets. QUALITY of reps is the most important thing when it comes to swing speed training. So make sure you are resting in between sets!.
Absolutely. However, we do recommend that you do our training prior to any other training to ensure you are getting the most rested and explosive training possible. Of course, always warm-up first!
This depends on how long you’ve taken off. A couple of weeks, just hop back in where you left off and add an extra week to the training phase you’re in. A couple months or more, go ahead and restart the program from the beginning. Keep this in mind. If you do have some issues that prevent you from being able to continue training three times a week, you can always maintain your current speed if you're farther along in the training by doing so just once a week.
We understand, driver shafts can definitely get expensive. We see two options. First, you can continue to use your current driver to connect and train with. Second, you can opt to find a different shaft that has the same specs as your shaft. The easiest way to do this would be to get in touch with a club fitter or golf store that does fitting. Most will have access to systems with a catalog of shafts with similar specs.
It depends. Sometimes, if you stay in the same brand of driver you may be able to continue to use the insert and screw provided with your previous order. In other cases, you’ll need a different insert and screw all together to have the correct fit. The quickest option is to check out the options on the product page to see if your option matches your new driver. Or another option is to just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, let us know your current driver make and model and your new driver’s make and model. We’ll find out what you need to do to fit your new setup and let you know.
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