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What Is OverSpeed Training?
Overspeed Training works by getting the body to move at a faster than normal speed during a known motor pattern. Essentially the brain has a set range of speed for the neuro-muscular response when a player makes a swing. We first need to increase the response speed from the body by reducing the “load” or in this case the weight of the racquet. We then need to gradually increase this load to teach the brain that the body is capable of running the motor pattern faster. In our application to tennis, we use different weighted racquets that are as follows: Green = light -25%, Blue = medium -10% & Red = heavy +10%. We have found these weights are all needed in order to achieve maximum results from overspeed training.
Why would I use the SuperSpeed Tennis Training System?
Use the SuperSpeed Tennis Training System to increase your racquet speed and the overall efficiency of your serve and ground strokes. You will also find many benefits in balancing the dominant and non-dominant sides of your body during the training. Other benefits will include an increase in the overall efficiency of your swinging motion.
How does increased swing speed affect power?
For every additional MPH that you can swing the tennis racquet, you have the opportunity for greatly increased transfer of energy to the tennis ball, resulting in greater ball exit velocity. This increases your power! The training system will also to help improve the energy transfer that happens during your swinging motion increasing your reaction time and accuracy.
Who can use SuperSpeed Tennis?
We offer Pro Set (For those who use a 10.5oz-12.5oz racquet) and an Ultralight Set (For those who use a 8.5oz-10.5oz racquet).
When can I expect results from using the system?
We find that most players see an average of 5% increase in racquet speed very quickly when beginning work with the system. This speed increase will become permanent in 4 to 8 weeks of regular training.
Where can I use the SuperSpeed Tennis Training System?
- Tennis court, gym, basement, backyard, or anywhere with sufficient clearance.
- Be careful to never swing the training racquets toward, or around, another person.
Which protocol do I do first?
We recommend that every player start with the Level 1 protocol. Go to our training page to see all of our protocols. Once you perform the protocol for 6 weeks, you should move on to the level 2 training protocol.
What if I am unable to do the movements due to physical restrictions?
Safety always comes first. If you feel uncomfortable with an exercise, don’t force yourself to complete it. Always contact your health or physical professional if you have any concerns about starting an overspeed training regimen with SuperSpeed Tennis.
Why do the protocols use different weighted racquets?
During our protocols, we use our different weighted racquets in a light to heavy order. This is a fundamental key to the concepts of overspeed training. The goal is to increase speed of an original motion that the body knows how to perform. In order to do this, we first need to prove to both the brain and the body that the motion can be performed faster than normal. To do this, we use the lighter racquet. In only a handful of swings, we temporarily reset the normal speed of the motor pattern with this lightweight racquet to become much faster. We then add a little more weight and continue swinging. Having just come from the lightest racquet, the brain is trying to run the motor program at the same speed as the previous handful of swings, even though the racquet is a little heavier. Typically, we see a significant speed increase at this point as well. Then we swing the heaviest racquet, which is about 10% heavier than the player’s own racquet. Because we have reset the normal speed of the motor program, the swings here will still be faster than the original racquet speed. After a single session, this reset of neuromuscular reaction speed will begin to fade over the next 30 minutes or so. With continued practice, however, this effect will gradually cause a permanent increase in the player’s racquet speed.