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  1. Hey guys, long time, no see! I don't believe I've been here since somewhere in July. Like some of the folks here, my SS training fell my the wayside once I started playing this spring. Looking at my notebook, I finished week 22 on 5/17. I tried to keep up a once-a-week maintenance protocol, but stopped around early July. This was my first year with an Arccos, so I have data on my driving distance for this past year, and would estimate I picked up around 15 yards off the tee this year. Last year, I would guess I was generally in the 175-180 range, this year I was around 190-195 with the occasional 205-210 when I hit the ball more efficiently, so I was pretty psyched by this improvement. I did spend time slowing down my backswing to improve tempo and be more stable (I tend to sway back a little with a fast backswing), so my speed & distance dropped a bit for a few weeks, but came back as I got used to the change in the swing. I went back to the first protocol on 10/30 - my plan is to do 4 weeks on this protocol, then 6 weeks on the second protocol, then the full boat with the third. As some of you mentioned, I had lost some speed gains, but they've come back fast - I'm back to where I was in week 11 last year, and will be interested to see if I can gain a little more by spring. I didn't get to that next bump between weeks 11 and 22, things stayed very flat from weeks 11 to 22. Today's results: Green 113, Blue 112, Red 104. Last week I hit 119 on a green swing, beating my previous best of 118. From fooling around with a Zepp, I know my speed drops a bit when I'm hitting a ball vs practice swinging, so I was probably swinging in the mid-to-upper 80s when I played this past summer - next year's focus will be on bringing the "live" swings up to the practice swing speeds. I found a stats sheet from when I tried out some drivers in June 2017, and my speeds were in the 75 - 78 range, so I've made good progress. Overall (this is was my fourth year playing golf, I get out about once a week), I really think doing the protocols have just made me feel more comfortable swinging the clubs as I learn this game. My scores didn't really improve much, maybe a couple of strokes, since I still hit that one bad iron shot that take me from a potential par to a 6 on most holes, but I think I learned a lot. As they say at McDonald's, I'm lovin' it! Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress this winter.
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  3. Thanks, that was a good read, great work! I have to admit I'm just a little jealous of those speeds and distances. For sure, you're behind by 5 now!
  4. That's great Rev...given my age, size, and amount of golf I've played so far (probably around 50 rounds total), those are the kind of numbers I think I'm capable of as I get my swing to be more efficient over time. Mostly what I need now is practice time, some lessons (not in the budget this year), and to keep playing. And of course, keep up with my SS training.
  5. I'm doing stage 1 about once per week, although it's been mostly once every other week. I'm trying to keep the gains I made between Dec and late April, although I've given a little bit back. I figure I'll keep that up until the end of the season around November 1st, then go back to 3 days a week.
  6. @revkev I think I may be a little slower at this point (still haven't cracked 120 like you have), but that's OK. I figure you are 4 years older than me, so I have 4 years to catch up. For now, I'm spending some time working on my swing and happy to maintain my current speed with the maintenance protocol. Now that I've been using my Zepp and making an effort to hit some balls into the net in the yard after work every day, I've found that while my practice shots look pretty good in the Zepp stats (estimated club head speed, swing plane, tempo) once there's a ball there to hit, things drop off quite a bit, a lot more than I would have thought. The psychology of all this is pretty interesting. For now, I'm alternating practice swings and hitting the ball to try to even things out. I'm sure it would be better to get to a driving range, but the one near me closed down - very sad, the owner died suddenly and his wife didn't want to keep running the place.
  7. Man, that's awesome. I have a ways to go to get to those distances
  8. Speaking of trying to improve my tempo, here's where I was on 6/5 (from my Zepp, which had been sitting on a shelf for about a year): 450 swings later (mostly practice swings, but a few balls hit into my net), here's 50 swings from today: I'm sure when I'm out there playing tomorrow, won't be quite this good, but definitely seems like a step in the right direction. It's interesting to be able to measure all this stuff and start to fit it together. The other two metrics I've been paying attention to in Zepp are club speed and club plane, and they are significantly better than this time last year - I really think that is a benefit of the SS training, I certainly haven't been trying to work on that this year. I did spend a month last spring trying various drills to improve in those areas, but didn't get much improvement over the 6 weeks or so I was tracking that stuff with the Zepp. I might have said this before, but the level of commitment needed for the SS program is way beyond anything I've done with golf before (I'd usually work on something for 4 - 6 weeks), and I think that's carrying over to my level of commitment to practicing some of this other stuff this year. Time will tell, but seeing progress is a great motivator.
  9. That's great! I haven't done the modified kneeling swings just the regular kneeling swings.
  10. Thanks man! I've seen a little more distance from my short irons, maybe 10 yards or or so with the 8, 9, pitching wedge, and sand wedge, but hard to tell on the rest of them because I've mostly been struggling - hitting the ball at the very bottom on the face. Hoping a little slower back swing will help when I play tomorrow (missed last Saturday, we were visiting my mother-in-law). Maybe you can post a picture of your wife's dream flower garden, that sounds nice. Yard work is chewing up some time here too, although we mostly have shrubs and perennials, so it's mostly mowing and trimming with the weed-whacker. It's still cool and rainy, so I have to mow twice a week, hopefully that won't last much longer.
  11. Hey Guys! Been about a month since I've posted, been really busy with work (luckily I'm really enjoying my job, went back to my old company, but a better position, in late Feb after 6 years away). Traveling to our Raleigh, MC office from Boston once a month which is fun so far (hasn't gotten old yet, and just Tues - Thur). Anyway, I wasn't able (well, in a couple of cases, just didn't feel like it ) to do any SS sessions for about three weeks, but was able to get three rounds in on Saturdays during that time. I have Arccos now, so I have distance stats for this year (none for last year), so this is mainly guestimation, but I'd say on my well-hit drives, I'm about 15 yards better than last year, so really happy about that, but the rest of my game has been pretty lousy. Hard to tell with the other clubs because I've been struggling with them for the most part. Then again, I am a 30+ handicap...my goal it to get down to about a 24 by fall, which I think is very doable if I continue practicing. The past three years since I started playing I've mainly just played once a week and not practiced much, and I know that's not a recipe for success. A couple of weeks ago I decided to go to maintenance mode until the season ends to free up a couple of days to practice other stuff, mainly chipping from 15 yards and in and being able to just hit the ball with a hybrid or longer iron. My speed during SS training is down a bit from my peak, but figure it's one of those normal dips and I'm not gonna worry about it. Like sirchunksalot mentioned a few pages back, I've been struggling especially with that second and third shot (most of those 3rd shots are because of the 2nd shot), really pretty much anything over a 9 iron it feels like. Right now I'm using a Zepp and Orange Whip to help work on my tempo, which around 2.2:1 a couple of weeks ago and I think a big cause of my problems (quick back-swing seems to make me sway a bit). I'm now able to work my way from about a 2.6:1 to close to 3:1 about about 15 practice swings, so making progress. I've picked up a few training aids (Zepp, Orange Whip, Putt-Out, and now SS and Arccos) the past three years, but hadn't really stuck with them long until I discovered SS training, and now I'm inspired to use them more. Anyway, back to work, hope to be able to jump back on here more often and see how everyone else is coming along.
  12. Hey All - I haven't had a chance to drop by for about 2 weeks now. First off: welcome to the new guys! I just caught of on all your posts, I'm psyched to see you join us - I'm an "unofficial tester" like you guys (just finished week 22), and having new folks definitely keeps the enthusiasm going, in a training program this long, some weeks it's more like a chore. With all the rain and cold this spring here in the Boston area, I've only gotten in two session for the past 5 weeks, and my speeds have been down just a tick. Haven't practiced at all, which certainly doesn't help. Playing my 3rd round of the season tomorrow - the first round was great (for me), my second round was awful - couldn't hit anything (didn't play last weekend, my youngest kid graduated from college, woo hoo!)...but one thing that stands out so far is I've hit the ball straighter than I ever have in the 3 years I've been playing. Hopeful I didn't just jinx myself. Anyway, I'm chalking that up to the SS drills, no matter what anyone says ;-)
  13. Thought I'd post a few numbers now that I've finished week 20...the past 3 weeks have been busy, so I've only been able get 2 sessions a week in, but my speeds have been holding pretty steady. I plan to work in the ASD protocols starting next week - I'm going to skip the first one and jump to the second since sequencing is a bit more of a problem for me than ground contact. Running that for 6 weeks will get me to the end of level 3, then I'll go into maintenance mode for the rest of the summer which will free up some time for practice between rounds on Saturdays. Not sure if that's enough time to get out of the current plateau, but I'll be happy to stay where I am and not lose ground. I got to play my first round of the season this past Saturday, and was pretty happy especially considering I haven't been able to hit balls at the range or into a net in my yard due to all the rain we've had. Broke my previous best score by 4 strokes (97 - it's not easy being a 30+ handicap)...if I hadn't missed 4 putts I normally would have made and didn't blow up on a couple of par 3s on 16 and 17, I had a good shot at 90. Next round: tomorrow. I think I was hitting a little longer than last year, but was a bit wild and hit some pop-ups off the tee and was a bit left. Don't have any data from last year - this was my first round with the Arccos, which is an awesome device. Definitely was more comfortable in my swing than last year, and everything I hit was pretty straight (except one drive that I pulled left to the far side of the neighboring fairway - but made my best shot of the day with a 7 iron 140 yds onto the green, wouldn't have done that last year). Anyway, here's the numbers:
  14. Oh man, that's crazy! You're Nolan Ryan to my Randy Jones
  15. OK, got my first round booked for tomorrow! It's gonna be soggy, we've had rain 18 of the 26 days in April so far, and it's supposed to rain more over night, but stop before daybreak. Between seeing the fruits of the SS training and my new Arccos sensors, I'm pretty excited to get out there finally!!
  16. Absolutely! I'm not even part of the official test group, and they treated me as is I was.
  17. For me, one of the best parts was seeing what everyone's real name is Very cool.
  18. Thanks for the suggestion! Do you maintain a list or know if there is there a way to search on the SS website for TPI certified trainers that know the SuperSpeed program? I was poking around the site, but didn't see anything (which could just be me missing it).
  19. Hey All - been a few weeks I think since I've posted any numbers, so I figured I'd toss out a spreadsheet. I few weeks back, someone (I forget who) posted a formula to project driver speed based on the three SS sticks (81% for green, 85% blue, and 88% red), so I added a column to average those out - it's one way to see see progress a little more clearly over time, and it seems to be a really good approximation based on a few swings with the driver here and there to see how things match up). Still in that plateau (expected) and have slowed up just a little the past 2 or 3 weeks, which I attribute to not getting as much sleep lately and my eating being a bit off (lot of treats, I gained about 4 pounds the past moth, oops!). I'm hoping to start playing in couple of weeks (tomorrow will be rainy, or we wouldn't gone out, then its Easter weekend). It'd be great to start the year hitting the driver in the 88-90 range (secretly hoping for 90-92), get to that next jump, and once I get to the end of this protocol go into maintenance mode as suggested by (I'm assuming Daisy) in the last SS Golf post. Hope to catch that elusive 120 mph soon too Looking forward to update from the rest of the gang.
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