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Mike Lambert

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  1. Thanks for all that information! I definitely don't tear up the grass like that at all, so I don't need to wait for spring before knowing I can use the ground contact protocol . I know I also need work on the sequencing & lag too, so I'll be able to use all three of these protocols over the spring and summer. I recently ran across an app that allows you to do slow motion playback on your phone: https://www.hudl.com/products/technique - there's both a iPhone/iPad and Android version, and the basic app is free. I downloaded it but haven't really tried it out yet, just did a quick video of my hand moving to see how it works. You can play back at full speed, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 speed, and there is a drawing tool. That would be great if you could send me the videos of the ASD protocols, I really appreciate that! Thanks sirchunksalot!
  2. I sent an email to info@superspeedgolf.com asking about it, and they sent me a PDF with the protocols, and also suggested it would be best to find a certified TPI/Superspeed trainer, or possibly look at a certification program they will be rolling out in the near future, but that appears to be geared to instructors, not a novice like me. Looking at the descriptions, it looks like something I would need to work with someone on, at least for an assessment.
  3. Thanks revkev. I'll drop them a note to ask, I can use all the help I can get For me, week 20 will be at the end of April, so just in time for me to be able to get outdoors again.
  4. Finished the first week with the kneeling protocol. Boy, am I glad I saw those posts about the kneeling pad, I got the SS pad last month so was ready to go. Very comfy! A little slower this week since I accidentally nicked my left thumb cutting some veggies Sunday - luckily the thumbnail took the brunt, there's a nice clean slice across about 2/3 of it. It's fine, but it was hard to convince my body to swing full speed on my first session the next day and even today a little. Still not sure how I managed that, but it's probably related to having a 32 handicap The first few kneeling swings were interesting, but I think I got used to them pretty quickly, although I've still only cracked 90 on one swing. My step swings have been slower than my regular swings all along, but they are almost caught up now. Probably overthinking the movement of the lead foot back and the little press forward to start the swing. Probably also related to both the thumb and the handicap... Hoping to see some triple-digit numbers start showing up in a few more columns soon.
  5. I agree with what revkev said, don't worry about form, the idea is just to convince your brain and muscles that they can move a little faster than what they do now. You need the swing speeds to know whether or not you actual are progressing - I think that is part of showing your brain proof that it's possibly to swing faster.
  6. Thanks, that makes a lot of sense, I haven't really thought about ground interaction before. I bookmarked an article on about ground contact on (I think) Adam Young's site, but haven't read it yet. Also, I'll definitely give the ground interaction drills a try when I get there, thanks for the tip!
  7. I just use a pair of old Nike sneakers, cross-trainers of some sort. Since I'm doing the training in the garage, I haven't had any issues with slipping, and also haven't had any trouble with the soles coming loose. Maybe that means I'm not swinging hard enough
  8. Hope your trip goes smoothly with the weather and your brother is OK.
  9. Nice! Now if I can get my handicap to look like yours too, I'll really be in business!
  10. I'm sure you'll get there. I try to keep my own numbers in perspective - this is a 70 week program, so the initial day-to-day ups and downs don't seem too bad on a slow day.
  11. Thanks @sirchunksalot - much appreciated! I think you are right about not having a problem getting to 90 with a ball there...I played a round of indoor golf yesterday, and the drives I hit well off the tee registered between 190 and 195 yards, which looks like around 90 mph on the club head speed graph that came with the radar. My swing is a bit all over the place, but that's OK for now since I'm just concentrating on speed. I figure there are 3 things I need to do to improve my driving: (1) speed, which I'm doing here, (2) hitting the ball on the sweet spot, and (3) hit the ball more on the upswing to get a higher launch angle. I'll be able to start working on 2 and 3 in the spring, and maybe 2 or 3 rounds a month of indoor simulated golf over the next 2 months or so will help a little). My birthday is in March and I can order, uh...I mean ask my wife to get me a SC200 Voice Caddy (and a couple of cans of Dr Scholl's spray for my driver) just in time to be able to start getting outside. I noticed where @revkev mentioned he was getting around 210 - 220 yds at about 88 mph, so makes me think that if I can improve in all three of those areas, I should be able to get into that neighborhood if I work at it.
  12. OK, just finished level 1: Those driver swings were without actually hitting a ball (but then again, so was the initial 84). It'll be interesting to see how that translates to real life, I imagine I'll have to remind myself to swing fast, not to mention practice to maintain control. If that translates to about 90, I'll be very happy. My goal when I started was to get to around 90 when I can start playing again in early to mid April, it seems like I'm about there already. On to phase 2 to start to lock in these gains!
  13. Thanks for your thoughtful response, that was really a great post RevKev! That makes a lot of sense, especially not having to be perfect, just better than before. Thanks also to everyone else that replied too. I'm going to keep on doing what I have been, which it stopping just long enough to jot down my numbers, maybe take a few sips of water, and grab the next club. But if I notice a good size drop-off in speed, I'll take a 1 minute break and see if that makes a difference.
  14. I remember reading a while back about the kneeling swings being tough on the knees and SS sending you guys the kneeling pads. I actually bought one last month so that I'm ready to go next week when I start the kneeling swings myself. I haven't heard before that Greek yogurt is good at reducing pain, I'll have to give that a try (with some blueberries mixed in of course!). I keep the ibuprofin at a minimum since I understand it can be tough on the liver is you take it a lot. I'll experiment a little with a 1 or 2 minute rest between clubs to see if that makes any difference. My teeth aren't too long just yet (coming up on 57), so that should be plenty.
  15. Question for the group here: do you guys rest at all between sets of swings? I've been just banging them out one set after the other, just stopping to write down the numbers and grab the next club. Now that I think about, I should probably take a minute or two between sets, like with any other exercise. Slow day at work, so my brain is looking for something to think about...
  16. Sure thing! Hope it heals up soon whatever it is. It sounds similar to what I feel - at it's worst, I can feel it at my left elbow, then at the knobby bone on my wrist and all around the base of my thumb, but concentrated mainly at the joint there the thumb connects to the hand. As someone who'll be 57 in March, I can confirm that not only is that comic right, but also things start to hurt for no apparent reason
  17. Have you had an orthopedist look at your hand? I'm wondering it that might be tendinitis. If it is, it's possible that the inflammation could be in your forearm. You might be able to get some relief by massaging your forearm, especially if you notice some muscle knots or tender spots in there. If it's any consolation, I've found that rest doesn't actually help my tendinitis, but on the flip side, playing through it doesn't generally bother me - my hand around the base of the thumb actually feels fine after a few swings, then bothers me a bit later. Sometimes I take Advil before playing, that helps a bit. I did some physical therapy a couple of years ago, but it didn't really help much. On the other hand, if it's not tendinitis, probably best to address it sooner rather than later.
  18. Same here on the feel of the swing speed versus the radar reading. Good point on the arm tension, that's something I've been battling since I took up golf almost 3 years ago (along with starting my swing with a hip turn instead of my arms - I guess they are closely related). My step swings are still a bit slower that my normal swings, I'm chalking that up to general un-coordination and not worrying about it. Another 64 weeks or so and I expect that to sort itself out. Also, just wanted to mention that I hit 110 for the first time on one of my final 3 swings. 107 was my previous high. Highest Blue swing is 98, highest Red 94, so I'm hopeful of cracking 100 on at least the Blue club pretty soon, and maybe even the Red in the not-to-distant future.
  19. In my opinion, I'd say it's a combination of the colder weather, natural variation in the short term (as opposed to the long term trend), and the expected plateau, and nothing to be too concerned about. Calypso55 mentioned this being like Weight Watchers - I think that's exactly right. I know if I step on the scale every day for two weeks, my weight might go up or down as much as 3 pounds from one day to the next, and the speeds I record on any given day do the same. It's that long term gain that matters in the end. I changed things up yesterday...normally I try to alternate the days I go to the gym with the speed training days, but couldn't get in the protocol Sunday, so I went to the gym yesterday morning before work (barbell squats, overhead press w/barbell, and deadlifts, so pretty beat after that, but the elliptical just doesn't seem to make me stronger ), then did the protocol after dinner, about 12 hours after the morning workout. Definitely tired out a lot quicker than usual - I was feeling it by the time I got to the step-change swings (luckily I'm still on the first level, I would have been pretty gassed for the kneeling swings). I guess the combo of working out the same day and swinging at the end of the day. I thought that was pretty interesting to try out. On Saturday, I did another 2 hours of indoor simulated golf, and felt more confident in swinging harder than I normally would, and definitely saw more virtual yardage that before I started the protocol, at least on the drives I hit well. One drawback is using their tees, none of which let me set the ball to the height I'd use in the real world, so I was either getting a little high or low on the ball on some swings as I tried several different tees. Anyway, it's a fun couple of hours with the guys in my usual foursome.
  20. That's tremendous! I don't expect to be able to get out until early April, I'm really looking forward to see seeing my own speed then. Seeing results like yours (and the other guys here) are a real incentive to stay committed.
  21. Thank you very much, I really appreciate that! Just sent an email.
  22. Yikes, that is cold for golf! I'm just starting to get less awkward on those single step swings, it's going to be pretty funny when I get to the doubles. One more week before the kneeling swings for me, I think that will be interesting too. I bookmarked for inspiration this instagram video that was posted about 10 pages back:
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