What is OverSpeed Training?
Overspeed Training works by getting the body to move at a faster than normal speed during a known motor pattern. Essentially the brain has a set 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.
Why would I use the SuperSpeed Training System?
Use the SuperSpeed Slugger Training System to increase your bat speed and the overall efficiency of your bat swing. You will also find many benefits in balancing the dominant and non-dominant sides of your body during the training. Other benefits will include an increase in the overall efficiency of your batting motion.
How does increased swing speed affect my power and batting motion?
For every additional MPH that you can swing the bat, you have the opportunity for greatly increased transfer of energy to the baseball, resulting in greater baseball exit velocity. This increases your power! The training system will also to help improve the energy transfer that happens during your batting motion increasing your reaction time and accuracy.
Who can use SuperSpeed Slugger?
We offer Pro, Adult, Junior and Youth sets. These sets are based on different length/weight bat combinations. You should purchase a system that is based off your game bat length/weight.
When can I expect results from using the system?
We find that most players see a 5% increase in bat speed very quickly when beginning work with the system. This speed increase will become permanent in 4 to 8 weeks of regular training.
Where can I use the SuperSpeed System?
Batting cage, gym, basement, backyard, or anywhere with sufficient clearance. We recommend the use of batting gloves at all times during the training. Be careful to never swing the training bats toward, or around, another person.
Which protocol do I do first?
We recommend that every player start with the Introduction Protocol. This protocol will help you see how your body will respond to over speed training. Once you perform the protocol for 4-6 weeks, you should move on to the SuperSpeed level 1 training protocol.
What if I am unable to perform a protocol because of a physical restriction?
Safety always comes first. If you feel uncomfortable with an exercise, don’t force yourself to complete it. For example, if you can’t complete the kneeling exercise, stay standing, with your feet together, and swing the bat parallel to the ground. Always contact your health or physical professional if you have any concerns about starting an overspeed training regimen with SuperSpeed Slugger.
Why do the protocols involve making swings on the player's non-dominant side?
Many customers ask why all of our protocols involve making swings on the slugger’s non-dominant side. There are actually a few reasons that we use non-dominant swings:
1. Increased muscle activation in the non-dominant side
Baseball is a very one-sided sport. We make tons of swings on our dominant side during practice and when we play the game. This creates imbalance between the muscles on the opposite sides of the body. Over time this can lead to lack of stability, decreased power production, and in some cases, pain. Making non-dominant swings during our protocols can start to balance the function of the body.
2. Increased energy transfer in the bat swing
As the coordination of the muscle chains of the non-dominant side improves for a player, we have found that this increases the player’s ability to transfer energy efficiently during the swing. When swinging on non-dominant side, a player is loading or winding up the swing into the lead leg of his/her normal bat swing. This helps to improve function of the stabilizing musculature in the foot, ankle, knee, leg, hip, and core region during the swing. When the baseball switches back to the dominant side swing with this increased function, the lead side is able to better stabilize during the bat swing and transfer energy more efficiently.
3. This training can lead to the ability to switch hit much more effectively. Having this as another skill makes you even more attractive to travel team programs, collegiate programs, and professional scouts.
Why do protocols utilize different weighted bats?
During our protocols, we use our different weighted bat in a light to heavy order. This is a fundamental key to the concepts of overspeed training. The goal is to increase speed of an original motion that the body knows how to perform. In order to do this, we first need to prove to both the brain and the body that the motion can be performed faster than normal. To do this, we use the lighter bat. In only a handful of swings, we temporarily reset the normal speed of the motor pattern with this lightweight bat. We then add a little more weight and continue swinging. Having just come from the lightest bat, the brain is trying to run the motor program at the same speed as the previous handful of swings, even though the bat is a little heavier. Typically, we see a significant speed increase at this point as well. Then we swing the heaviest bat, which is about 5% heavier than the player’s own bat. Because we have reset the normal speed of the motor program, the swings here will still be significantly faster than the original bat speed. After a single session, this reset of neuromuscular reaction speed will begin to fade over the next 30 minutes or so. With continued practice, however, this effect will gradually cause a permanent increase in the player’s bat speed.