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AndySP

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  • Age
    30-39
  • Swing Speed
    111+ mph
  • Handicap
    7
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Multiple times per week
  • Player Type
    Weekend Golfer
  • Biggest Strength
    Driver/Off the Tee
  • Biggest Weakness
    Short Game
  • Fitted for Clubs
    No

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  1. Interesting. I am from Chicago put it in the top so it doesn’t get in the way of anything. That said, I have no recollection what I did in high school.
  2. I like the options on the callaway and Titleist, but don’t like how bulky they are so I’d pick the Ping. im not a tinkerer though.
  3. Stack told me to do 2 return to form workouts before returning to the normal plan. I had 10 days off for the holidays, but came back yesterday feeling pretty good. I finally got a 195g swing at 109, (average 108) which I’m pretty happy about. I also did three swings after the workout, which, even if they don’t count, we’re quick for me at 120, 122, 121. Fingers crossed that it’s not a fluke.
  4. The intent part of swinging fast, and balancing fast and hard is still the thing I struggle with the most. Sometimes 80% gets me my fastest speeds. I’ve also found that there are some swings where I’m completely off balance on the follow through, but the number is high. Often I’m falling forwards, which confuses me. I haven’t done my check in yet because I was gone for the holidays, but one hopeful I can do it tomorrow. I managed a few days in the gym, but otherwise just sat and ate…I mean “rested.”
  5. Dr Standifird! I really appreciate that you’re taking the time here. I’ve enjoyed hearing you talk golf elsewhere. The taper difference makes sense to me, I didn’t gather that from the media on the site. I still wonder what that says about the straight / non tapered versions of the jumbomax grips though? Im interested in the force outputs at different grip sizes. In the climbing finger strength research, it’s been observed that isometric strength training develops only about 15 degrees or so of adaptation through the joint angles. Many climbers display very specific strengths/preferences in grip position as a result. Dynamometer strength doesn’t predict climbing strength very well, but it seems to be closer to golf, except the wrist angle. So maybe a test could show what grip size would be best for each person. I tried not to sound like I was doubting any of the research, so I hope that came through. I hope grip strength does something because it’s about the only thing I’m good at, lol. Having a background in rock climbing hasn’t had crossover anywhere else in my life yet. It would also somewhat explain why i have decent speed compared to my size and weight.
  6. No worries, I really appreciate any advice. I follow the stack workout, so typically Tues, Thurs, Sat for those workouts. Immediately after stack, I do my strength training at home. Before December, I would do 3-4 sets of 5-8 reps of 4-5 of the exercises below: plyo box jumps, weighted jumps, one leg jumps, torso rotations, one arm flys, dynamic push-ups (and then my climbing exercises which are assisted one-arm pull-ups, front levers and finger training) Since December, I’ve split my workout into three parts, still 3x5 give or take. 1. jumps, plyo push-ups (finger training stuff) 2. Weighted split squats, pull-ups/levers, and face-pulls 3. single leg dead lifts, torso rotation or flys, finger training I try pretty hard (I think). It takes me about 30 minutes to get through it all, I circuit through each part and typically finish gasping for air, but not dead tired.
  7. Yeah, I agree with your 3 points. My last ditch effort to gain speed might involve a full periodization program, where I spend few weeks focused on strength, followed by a few weeks on power to consolidate the new (hopefully) higher threshold. I don’t think I’ve seen a study favoring that version more than combining them in single workouts, but I haven’t looked in a long time. I’m curious what causes the slow-down, and whether the speed work at some point isn’t good enough to make gains. Extra strength training definitely seems to require more sleep and some active recovery before feeling decent again which has affected a few things at once. When I was training strength for a different sport I was able to progress when I did my workout, followed by an active recovery day, then another rest day before starting again. That schedule is tough to do with my work/life balance now. at least no matter what we should all feel better physically come March, which is a huge.
  8. Haha, there you go, I must have read it early in the morning when I was too tired to remember it well. I should go back and look more carefully. I have always done some jumps as part of the workout, but I definitely felt less springy lately, so I’m blaming the squats for now. I always hear him talking up sprints too…but that’s a tall order in new jersey winters.
  9. I had my Stack progress check today. It was my 4th program. Unfortunately, I haven’t made the dramatic progress others have seen yet. However, I recently started adding some dedicated leg training to my workouts (single leg dead lifts, split squats and jumping all 3x5-8) which resulted in some noticeable soreness. I’m hoping the extra work helps to break the plateau. I read Mike Carrol say somewhere that strength work tends to get in the way of speed work, and the gains are only revealed after tapering back off strength. So I guess that’s the plan now. Anyone else do this? Here’s the somewhat sad result:
  10. It’s just tracking club and ball speed for initial flight and calculating a carry based on an algorithm. The only difference it would calculate between different balls would be through speed. In my experience it’s not great at giving carry numbers, but really shines for tracking speed. Plus, its small enough to quickly check in on the course and at the range without any significant set-up.
  11. I had a similar question recently, too. For what it’s worth, I was convinced that I needed to work on my lousy ability to swing anything over 200g, so I chose Heavy Hitter, even though it was third ranked. It turned out ok, but it was frustrating, and I didn’t actually gain that much on the heavy side of 195g, but I didn’t lose anything either, and made some incremental gains. “Sometimes maybe good, sometimes maybe sh..” I’ve been stuck at 200mph for so long I’m starting to think that I need to gain weight to gain speed, but I’m reluctant. Im back to FSS, and still thinking that it might be good to go back and forth. I’m so bad at the step swings that want to keep my feet on the ground again. All that is to say, maybe it’s good to see what Neural drive is all about. Or select a few custom workouts before deciding a new plan.
  12. This idea is tough for me to understand. A big grip is harder to hold on to because it requires more strength. I don’t see how jumbomax can agree with SS about this but say the same big grip size also leads to less “death grip” or tension in the arms. The problem I’m having with the “tension” thing is that all the muscles that control your grip are in your forearms. Our anatomy doesn’t allow you to squeeze your fingers independently from your wrists. (Though you can flex your wrist independent to you fingers because there are two wrist flexors). I believe that grip strength could be important. Superspeed certainly found more strength correlated to higher speed. I just think these theories on what is easiest to grip contradict each other.
  13. Thanks guys! I did the stack warmup plus a few dry swings until I was in the ball park, then 4 as good as I could manage because I got greedy. It didnt matter though because they went: 120, 118, 119, 120. So no matter which three I pick I’m at 119 for the check in. One mph slower. The grind continues I also experimented with videoing the prgr, (and my foot) during the swings for the folks who want proof because I wouldn’t believe me either, but maybe that should be reserved for the final checkup? I also did three more after the workout and they went 117, 118, 119. So not a huge difference overall.
  14. I think we’re not on the same topic anymore. I’ll just say that feeling a certain way doesn’t always mean that’s what’s actually happening under the hood.
  15. Hmm, the muscles that contract the fingers almost all connect to the medial epicondyle—the bone on the inside of your forearm. See: https://breakingmuscle.com/more-insight-into-developing-grip-strength-your-hand-digits/ Without forearm muscle tension, there is no grip strength. The muscles in your hands that don’t cross the wrist affect the ability to spread your fingers out and other minor things, but are not flexors if you fingers/wrists.
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