Here at USGolfTV we have the opportunity to get our hands on a wide variety of golf equipment. And from clubs and clothing to training aids and golf balls, we do our best to test them for ourselves. The latest thing that came our way was the Rypstick Speed Trainer.
We recently came across this overspeed training aid and wanted to give you the opportunity to get feedback. And we also wanted to explain how the concepts of overspeed training can help your golf game.
Overspeed training: what is it?
In simplistic terms, overspeed training essentially teaches the body to trigger muscles that you would not otherwise use in an activity to increase performance. That’s probably wrong, but this is how you can apply it to your golf swing.
If you want to swing the club faster, you will eventually reach a top speed. For discussion, let’s say the speed is 90 miles per hour. At some point you just won’t be able to swing faster with your typical mechanics.
Overspeed training helps you “recruit” other muscles to swing faster. Now, if you want more details on overspeed training, this article from the Titleist Performance Institute goes into the details. But let’s get back to the Rypstick.
What is Rypstick?
The Rypstick takes the concept of overspeed training and converts it into a golf training aid. Developed by Dr. Luke Benoit, a TPI (Level 2) Certified Golf Fitness Professional and 2x Golf Digest Best-in-State Instructor, aims the Rypstick to simplify the process and enable you to complete your entire training with just one help.
With the adjustable weights in the head and at the end of the handle, you can adjust the weight of the training aid. That way, you can essentially use up to 8 weight combinations in the same exercise aid instead of buying multiple individual weight aids.
As already mentioned, the Rypstick has adjustable weights. The adjustability enables you to swing a weight of 270 g without weights up to 420 g with all 3 weights and the counterweight in the handle.
It is also available in 4 different lengths: 45 “, 44”, 41 “and 38”. Also worth mentioning: When the Rypstick gets shorter, the swing weights adjust slightly.
These lengths and weights might not mean much to you, but a little research on your current driver will help you get an idea of how it stacks up.
You will also receive a free swing analysis and fitness assessment with every Rypstick purchase. Also, after your purchase, you will get more information about workouts and the website has some basic videos to help you get the most out of your new purchase.
The Rypstick is currently selling for $ 189, but USGolfTV followers can use this link for an additional 5% discount.
If you build this into your practice session, you should get some great results. It’s worth noting, however, that this is definitely some kind of “what you put in” training aid. And as with most training aids, you can’t really hit the ball with it.
The other disadvantage is the length. It’s about as long as your driver, which makes it difficult to practice with it indoors or in the garage.
But if you like your current driver and want a bit more distance, it’s a cheaper alternative to buying a new big stick.
The Rypstick is not aimed at most casual golfers, but it has its merits. After practicing a few turns and working through a few videos, I was able to achieve an increased swing speed after the first use. I averaged about 4 mph and 10 feet more in just the first use. Don’t set the world on fire, but that’s a quick result too.
We recommend using the product properly, especially if you are not used to this type of exercise. Don’t just go out there and start doing violent hacks. Instead, watch some of the videos, get a feel for the product, and see some quick results. Your arms and slants will thank you in the morning.
If you’re looking for a more body-friendly way to get more distance, especially if you’re an older golfer, our new Vertical Line Swing System might be the answer for you.