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I've been a bit haphazard in my workouts. I've ended up bringing the sticks to the church, where there's plenty of room to swing, and I can normally squeeze in the workout into a quiet part of the day.

I'm wavering on my plan about measuring speed: I may break down and get the radar, maybe the next time eBay is running a 15% off deal. I need to be able to see and feel what an increase of speed actually is.

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Good call on buying a radar. There’s a swing speed radar for $43 on eBay right now. Coming from China though so there’s a long wait time and maybe a risk but I just got one. Hopefully I’m only waiting a month


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Just received my swing speed radar this weekend. Like others have said, it makes a tremendous difference in learning how to gain speed. We've all heard the standard golf instruction line: "feel isn't real." I'm not sure that there is any facet of the swing that this adage applies to more than to speed. Even just a few swings in with the radar, I'm learning that what I thought felt fast isn't fast.

If I were writing a Stage 1 for my DIY SuperSpeed project, I'd say something like this: in just about everything, I'm a very conservative guy. That carries over to my golf swing, I suspect: the feeling of being loose and flowing in my swing is unnerving to me. It doesn't feel controlled. But looseness seems to be an essential element to golf speed. And this swing radar is demonstrating that to me conclusively.

I have very high hopes that this could end up being a major change to my golf progress.

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Looking forward to seeing the long term results everyone gets.  I'm not ready for Superspeed or any other SS project yet. I have intentionally slowed down my drive (avg 81 mph) to achieve accuracy. Started out with a bad slice and after a couple of lessons through the summer it graduated to a push hook. Now it's pretty straight but not the distance I'd like. So more practice to embed my swing mechanics and I'll be working on SS. 

 

 

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Today I did my very first session with the radar. I've been doing the beginning regimen for the past couple of weeks, so this isn't a true baseline, I suppose, but it will be for my purposes.

The main thing that shocked me was that my left-handed numbers were very nearly identical to my right-handed numbers, with a notable exception.

On average, right hand:

  • Green: 108
  • Blue: 99
  • Red: 99

Left hand:

  • Green: 107
  • Blue: 100
  • Red: 99

As you can see, they are almost exactly the same. Here's my theory: my left-handed swings feel awful, a mess of uncoordination. But as I said in my last post, I suspect that a major speed-limiting factor for me is an unwillingness to allow the club to swing freely; I want to control it too much. My hunch is that when I swing left-handed, though my swing is a mess, I swing with greater abandon, allowing my speed from that side to easily match my more coordinated strong side. We'll see if that continues.

On the step-through swings, I was faster with my right-handed swings. Here, I think the reason is the lack of coordination on the left side. When I got things in sequence left-handed, I'd match my strong side swings. But I'd have a couple in which things would get wonky in transition, and I'd end up swinging 85mph on the left-hand step-throughs.

My average with my final three swings with the green was 113mph. I was pleased to see even that change right after the step-through swings; it seems that my body is learning from that sequence.

I'll continue to post my updates here, and keep out of the official review thread. Looking forward to comparing progress!

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I'm sure they wouldn't mind you in the official test thread. Good luck with the speed increase 

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I made a practical adjustment to my sticks: each got a 2" section of pool noodle attached to the end.

Maybe someone can do all these exercises, swinging out of their shoes, without ever having the club hit the ground. I'm not that guy. And I can't rip up the carpet where I practice.

The weight is obviously negligible, but this will certainly add a bit of resistance. When I do the exercises today, I'll see how much.
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UPDATE: I just finished my training for the morning. These are working well. Bounced one off the carpet with no ill effects, and they stay in place without needing adjustments. As for speed: if this morning's results are any indication, they ain't slowing me down! Here's are my Week 1 averages vs. today:

Green: 105 > 112

Blue: 100 > 108

Red: 96 > 101

Green (final): 112 > 117

Progress!

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Just finished these: a set for my son Kirke for Christmas! His specs:

35"
200g
230g
265g

Very excited to see how these work for him. He turns six at the end of this week; I'll have another post coming up with his birthday present.IMG_20181223_210242.jpeg

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He's got such a nice swing as it is are you trying to have him out hit you by age 10?

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He's got such a nice swing as it is are you trying to have him out hit you by age 10?
I'm pretty much resigned to him hitting it past me at an embarrassingly young age. I'm just hoping my own SuperSpeed work postpones that day for a while :-)
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12 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:
12 hours ago, tommc23 said:
He's got such a nice swing as it is are you trying to have him out hit you by age 10?

I'm pretty much resigned to him hitting it past me at an embarrassingly young age. I'm just hoping my own SuperSpeed work postpones that day for a while 🙂

How have the workouts been going?  Have you noticed any change in swing mechanics?

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13 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

How have the workouts been going?  Have you noticed any change in swing mechanics?

Thanks for asking!

I've been posting my updates in the official forum review thread. I think I started posting around here: 

I've kept all my stats in a Google spreadsheet, which is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Jj8xqtRl5EkctUEFx3fRjQynHWlotG5X1_EM6l0MphE/edit?usp=drivesdk

Short answer: I'm seeing substantial speed increases. I'm feeling the mechanics of a better swing. In conjunction with the SuperSpeed work, I've been doing some video work to improve wrist angles and (correspondingly) fight my early extension.

 

 

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On ‎12‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 11:27 AM, GolfSpy MPR said:

I've been posting my updates in the official forum review thread. I think I started posting around here:

That's awesome to hear!  I got a little lost trying to catch up, so I thought I would "cheat" a little bit and ask you on your thread.  Really glad the DIY build is working so well!

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I just purchased everything from Diamond Tour -- main change is that I went with the same grips for all three clubs. Plan to differentiate the weights with colored electrical tape on the shaft, or something similar.

Did you epoxy each individual washer together? I'm thinking I'll look for some large diameter heat shrink tubing to cover the washers up once done. I do have a can of PlastiDip laying around, so that's an option, too. Both would look plenty slick, I think.

Total investment, including the washers which I have not yet purchased, appears to be in the $70-$90 range. Don't have an exact total because I bought a few other things from Diamond Tour (couldn't resist!).

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By no means DIY but a cheaper alternative to SuperSpeed at $119. Its called the Golf Stick Pro and it utilizes a light and heavy counterweights to achieve swing weights in the same range as SuperSpeed. Mine just came in yesterday so I'm excited to start gaining more speed once I get fully settled after the move

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Hey Guys! I want to give an update to my journey in this project.

I stopped doing the workouts around Thanksgiving because I developed a huge slice from doing these protocols. I don’t think it’s the DIY sticks them self, more that being such a new golfer I can’t control the face very well. On top of that my swing speed went down about 7mph.

I just don’t think I put enough concentration into making actual golf swings while working out. Particularly I think my transition is too fast and rushed compared to how I was swing before. I saw that the speedsuper guy posting in the official review mentioned that people who experienced what I’m experiencing need to do some drills to help to control the face a bit better. Anyone know of good drills for this?

So I think my sequencing is just off and I need to work at it some more. Any advice will help.

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21 hours ago, DPattGolf said:

By no means DIY but a cheaper alternative to SuperSpeed at $119. Its called the Golf Stick Pro and it utilizes a light and heavy counterweights to achieve swing weights in the same range as SuperSpeed. Mine just came in yesterday so I'm excited to start gaining more speed once I get fully settled after the move

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interesting product! Let us know how it works out. 

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Here's another DIY option you can make with common hand tools. Its a 3 in 1 design. I drilled out a piece of 3/4" diameter threaded rod and epoxy'd it to a steel driver shaft.  I add nuts to the threaded rod to adjust between light , medium, and heavy sticks.

Shaft Length is 44 inch with a midsize tour velvet grip. Weight of shaft and grip were around 181g. I cut the thread bar to a length (approx. 2")  to make up the extra weight to get me to the light speed stick weight of 255g. Adding one nut gets me to 303g which is about 13g more than the medium weight stick. Adding another nut for a total of two nuts gets me to around 353g which is 2g lighter than the heavy stick. Nuts spin off and on quick so switching from different weights shouldn't be a problem. I could probably shave another nut down to get me exact for the medium weight but I think I'm good for now. Training starts once I get around to shoveling some snow off the deck...lol.

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On 1/9/2019 at 10:32 PM, CC1718 said:

Here's another DIY option you can make with common hand tools. Its a 3 in 1 design. I drilled out a piece of 3/4" diameter threaded rod and epoxy'd it to a steel driver shaft.  I add nuts to the threaded rod to adjust between light , medium, and heavy sticks.

Shaft Length is 44 inch with a midsize tour velvet grip. Weight of shaft and grip were around 181g. I cut the thread bar to a length (approx. 2")  to make up the extra weight to get me to the light speed stick weight of 255g. Adding one nut gets me to 303g which is about 13g more than the medium weight stick. Adding another nut for a total of two nuts gets me to around 353g which is 2g lighter than the heavy stick. Nuts spin off and on quick so switching from different weights shouldn't be a problem. I could probably shave another nut down to get me exact for the medium weight but I think I'm good for now. Training starts once I get around to shoveling some snow off the deck...lol.

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@CC1718 Love this idea. Can you provide a closer picture of the end of it? Did you cut off the driver head and epoxy the threaded rod inside of the steel shaft? Thanks

I also had the idea to buy old used clubs for like $5-$10 each and then make the sticks from those instead of buying brand new ones.

 

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On 8/14/2018 at 4:35 PM, GolfSpy MPR said:

I'm making progress on this project. After taking measurements of the inner and outer shaft diameters, I went to Tractor Supply this past weekend and picked up these:

 

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The bolt is just under 4mm in diameter, which is what I needed. The washer is called a "fender washer" (as one who is admittedly mechanically incompetent, I was guided to this by a woman from our church who works at the hardware store).

 

I then bought a big bag of washers that would fit around the shaft, roughly 8mm in diameter. The idea, obviously, is to epoxy the bolt and the big washer onto the shaft, and then secure the other washers (at the proper weight) to that.

 

So far, I've begun the light one, which takes 17 washers to get to the proper weight. I have epoxied in the bolt and large washer. Tonight, I'll probably epoxy each of the remaining washers in place. So far, it looks like this:

 

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@GolfSpy MPR  did the bolt fit inside of the shaft inner diameter? And you used some sort of epoxy/glue to golf it in there?

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