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Mike Lambert

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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Thank you very much, I really appreciate that! Just sent an email.
  9. 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:
  10. Just finished week 5 - mostly an off week, but felt good today. Saturday, I played virtual golf with a couple of buddies, first time I've swung at a ball since the end of October, so I was all over the place and it was hard to tell if there was any effect from the speed training, but I did hit a couple of drives about 20 yards longer than I normally hit in real life, so I'm going glass half full here. Only got 2 sessions in (Wed & Fri) this week, last weekend turned out pretty busy - I was planning to get a session in Sunday after church, but ended up going to 11:30 Mass instead of my usual 9:30 (we had the neighbors over to watch football and stayed up later than usual), so that threw the day off...then Mondays I get up at 5 to go to the gym and got lazy when I got home after work...and Tuesday is bowling night...Excuses - if you don't like one, I've got plenty more Wednesday's session was the slowest speeds I've had since week 1, which was discouraging, but today I had a nice jump across the board, definitely my highest average across the 39 swings in the protocol.
  11. Fun candlepin fact: the highest score ever recorded is 245 (it's been done twice, once in 1984 and tied in 2011).
  12. For sure, I'm in a candlepin league here in MA, I like it much more than 10 pin, but you're right, it's quite a bit harder. I'm around the middle of the pack with an 87 average - the top guy is around 100 - 102.
  13. When I first stumbled upon this forum, I happened to notice in the intros to the testers on the first page Kenny B linked to then new protocols and warm up that the testers were asked to use - these are updates to what is currently on the SuperSpeed site, and I believe it was mentioned here that these new versions will soon replace what's currently on the SS site: An overview of the SuperSpeed Golf system protocols is provided here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8mxwr5vfa1ksvmf/Protocol Outline Packet.pdf?dl=0 The warmup routines are provided here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2918b36vvlj9vn1/Warm_Up.mp4?dl=0 I've been following these protocols.
  14. Thanks! I'll definitely put the radar on top of something, that's a great suggestion.
  15. That's great! I'll definitely give the warm-up a try at the course, at least the parts my friends won't laugh too much at!
  16. After 30 minutes it seems like a warm-up would wear off, like you saw with the frost delay. I generally car pool with 2 of the guys I play with since we live close together, so the drive time is about the same as yours. What I've done is some stretching and some swings in the yard before leaving the house, but I usually feel like by the time we tee off, any benefit has worn off. Looking forward to using the SS warm up protocol this spring when I start playing again...not sure if I'd be brave enough to do some Cats & Dogs next to the 1st tee while waiting our turn though
  17. I actually purchased my set last May, but only used the them 2 or 3 times, so I think you are right about the discipline part - I definitely didn't have it, it's really seeing what everyone on this forum is doing that's has me on track now. Kind of an accountability I think. Luckily I have a garage, although the ceiling is a little lower than I'd like, took me a few swings to convince myself that I wasn't going to hit it. A bit too cold outside here in Massachusetts for doing this outside most days.
  18. Hey guys! Glad to see some new people jumping on board like me as "unofficial" testers. Also have to admit I'm a little jealous of some of the speeds I'm seeing here - some of those are numbers I'll only see on my meat thermometer when I leave a steak on the grill a little too long! But that's my fault for waiting until I was 54 to start playing golf. Finished my 4th week of the first level protocol this morning. Still nursing the end of a headcold/sinus infection, but today the speed started to come back after dropping off for about 5 sessions - my final three swings with the green club were 102, 104, and 105, which is the first time I've had 3 swings in a row over 100, so things are heading in the right direction! I kinda suspect that 107 the first week was really just a mistake by the radar, next highest swing that first week was 96. Lefty swing (non-dominant) is starting to come along, but still feeling a bit awkward, and I'm also having some trouble getting the radar to pick up some swings (mostly on the left side), so I'll have to re-read those radar tips. Tomorrow I'll be playing at the golf simulator, first time actually trying to hit a ball since I started the SS training, it'll be interesting to see how that goes.
  19. Now that's cool! Over the past 5 - 10 years, we've had a wild turkey population boom where I live, there are a couple of flocks of 10 or 15 turkeys that wander around the neighborhood, it's a pretty impressive sight. When my dog got old and just liked laying in the sun in the front yard, one of the turkeys would sit on the front steps and keep her company once in a while.
  20. Been mostly like that in my neck of the woods since November 1st - when the temp manages to get warm enough to be outside, it's rainy. Luckily I have a garage - I've only been able to do the SS protocol outdoor once and that'll probably continue until late March. I have to admit I'm just a little jealous of the guys that can get out and play a round this time of year.
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