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Mike Lambert

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  1. Quick question: is the "double-step" mentioned in the new version of the protocols sent to the official testers the same thing as the crow-hop swings that are still shown in the videos currently on the SuperSpeed website? I'll be starting the Level 3 protocol tomorrow, so I thought I'd check here real quick, and if no one is sure, I'll email Daisy tomorrow. Thanks!
  2. Holy cow, that's fast! Sometimes I have to combine 2 swings to get to 144
  3. Thank RevKev, Sirchunksalot, and joen for the encouragement - that’s a big reason why I’m here. I’ll only be gone Tue - Thurs, so I’ll definitely do the protocol Mon & Fri, but more than likely will leave the sticks home since bringing them on the commuter train and plane seems like a bit of a hassle for one session.
  4. Final week of the second protocol is done. I've been dragging a bit this week, and it shows - all my speeds were down a bit. It doesn't show as much with only listing the highest speeds, but there were plenty of swings that were down quite a bit from previous weeks. Checked my driver speed after as well, it was down compared to after the first protocol (94 to 91), but I've been thinking that 94 was a bit high compared to what my numbers have been all along, so not really concerned - this actually seems more realistic to me, and if I end up settling in around here for a while when I can start playing, I'll be pretty happy since last summer I was in the low 80s. Next week starts the double-step, then the following week I have to travel for work, so I'm considering taking the full week off from SS training to rest up a little since my right shoulder, both elbows, and right hand have been a little sore. Guess we'll see how things go next week.
  5. I do, although the Dome opened my freshman year, so I didn’t get to see any games at Manley. Boeheim was still wearing those plaid blazers though! Got to spend time in Manley for some other events though...the big one was the annual MDA dance marathon that went from 8 PM on a Friday to 10 PM Sunday to raise money for Jerry Lewis’ organization. I did that all 4 years, a lot of fun, but kind of exhausting (they let us sleep for 4 hours Fri & Sat nights).
  6. Oh yeah, I know where Liverpool is. I knew a couple of kids from Liverpool when I was at SU, and of course used to go to Heid’s once in a while. I actually spent 2 1/2 summers in Syracuse (my dad changed jobs and the family moved to NJ, so I didn’t have much interest is spending the summers there) so I know what you mean about the beautiful CNY spring, summer and fall weather. Like Jim Boeheim said, Syracuse is just like Hawaii 6 months a year and the rest of the time we play basketball.
  7. Here’s something I hope to avoid in the future: had to get up at 4:45 this morning (on top of losing an hour to daylight savings time), had a long day, so didn’t get to the protocol until 8 PM. Didn’t want to skip it because the past 2 weeks I’ve only been able to do two sessions a week. I was really dragging through this one, but still glad I got it in.
  8. What part of Upstate are you from joen? I grew up near Glens Falls and went to college in Syracuse. Believe it or not, I still love snow...
  9. Just finished Week 7 of phase 2 (13 weeks in all now). Last couple of weeks I've only been able to do the protocol twice a week - I changed jobs last month and my schedule has shifted a little (taking the 6:29 AM commuter train instead of the 8:20 AM), so I'm doing the protocols after work instead of before (except Friday when I work from home). I was wondering what the effect would be on my swing speed. Pretty interesting result today, I hit new highs on all the clubs on my dominant side, but all the lefty swings were down a bit. Like Kenny, lots of snow and cold here (14" on Monday, it's been in the teens since Tuesday, and another snow storm scheduled for Sunday, but with any luck it'll change over to rain and start warming up).
  10. I've been seeing a little of that on mostly the step swings and occasionally the kneeling swings. I think it may have more to do with bad sequencing being ingrained on my right side - some of those lefty swings with the step move feel smoother that on my dominant right side.
  11. I think all my fastest speeds except for maybe 2 have come from those last 3 swings with the lightest stick too. The step change is nearly always a little slower than the regular swing on my dominant side - for some reason, my non-dominant swings are faster. Maybe because I never developed bad habits on that side.
  12. Thanks, that's good to know. I've been meaning to record myself, but just haven't managed to take that extra 3 minutes to set up...I've had minor golfer's elbow come and go over the past few years, so this gives me an incentive to video some swings. Awesome!
  13. Week 5 of the 2nd protocol is in the books - finally cracked 100 on both righty & lefty swings on the red club. Hoping to see 120 on the green club by end of week 8, max so far is 115, which I've seen a couple of times now, along with a number of swings between 110 and 114. On the other hand, I've hit that first jump, so I might plateau for a bit, guess we'll see.
  14. That’s pretty cool, thanks for posting that! I just plugged it into my spreadsheet and it really makes my first bump up much more clear. I just finished my 10th week, and using the projected driver speed, things were pretty steady but trending slightly up weeks 1 - 7, then a little more increase weeks 8 & 9, and now a nice bump this week, almost 9% over the average projected driver speed the first 9 weeks. Pretty cool.
  15. Yep, I do, although as time goes by, the big differences don’t happen quite as much. But just last night I saw one set that was something like 89, 98, 95. If I get a reading that seems way off, I usually do an extra swing, or just ignore it and write down 2 numbers instead of 3
  16. Hi Daisy - thanks so much for all your feedback. I scanned through the BodiTrak site last night (watched your video!) and will dig in more in the few days, thanks for sending that along. Very cool stuff! I’ll definitely drop you an email for suggestions, really appreciate the offer. I can use all the help I can get! Your comment about setting speed goals was great, I hadn’t thought about specific numbers for the most part, but it makes sense and I tried it last night - my previous fastest swing was 110, so I tried for 112 and actually hit a 115 on the green standing swings, so adjusting that up to 120. Also have a goal of breaking 100 on the red sticks, got close with a 99.
  17. Good point - it’s definitely a commitment and if you don’t have a place where you can swing away in the winter, you’ll have to take a break for a few months. For me, even after just 10 weeks, I’m seeing a big improvement. Granted, having only been playing for 3 years, I think I had a lot more room for improvement compared to guys here that have been playing 30 years, but if I don’t get any faster than where I am now by the end of the summer, it’s still worth it. I guess what I’m saying is that if cost and 20-25 mins 3 days a week aren’t limiting factors, don’t rule it out if you can only commit to say 4 or 5 months. On there other hand, this time last year, I had big plans to hit balls at the range, do chipping drills in the back yard, etc, but never got an organized plan together so that all fell by the wayside. I’m finding that having a structured set of protocols to follow makes a big difference.
  18. It’s definitely great to be able to hit some balls for a couple of hours on a Saturday, and a lot of fun!
  19. Also want to add that I’ve learned a lot reading through this entire thread since I stumbled across it in mid December. Boy, am I glad I decided to start the training myself. Can’t wait to start playing again in the spring - I got a little taste of what revkev is talking about regarding extra distance on Saturday when I met some buddies at a golf simulator. I’m not sure how accurate these things really are compared to real life, but I was hitting my drives further than other times I’ve been there - even had one register 256 yards (although that hole had a 50’ drop from the tee to the pin), and I hit a 52 degree wedge 121 virtual yards. By the time I can start hitting balls outside, I believe the speed gains will be locked in and I can start working on improving the face strike in addition to continuing the SS protocols.
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