I am faster than I was last year by a wide margin.
Last week I maxed out at 137mph… Ball speed 203. Consistently 132-135. Last year I maxed out at 131 and was 128-130. So I am up 5 mph at all levels.
Problem is still with endurance. One day I played 18, had lunch and took 2 hours off, then maxed out at 130 and was 125-128. Still better than last year and earlier this year when I got tired, but it’s a problem.
I am not tiring as quickly or as much, but my max will beat about anyone in the 45 and over and I am near being competitive in the Open…but this gassing effect is bad.
Now I’m obviously not going to play 18, have Taco Bell, cool down for 2 hours and go hit in Mesquite…but I have done a similar warm up cool down and wait like will happen at worlds…and I still slow down to as low as 128 on session 3. As a frame of reference, last year in the losers bracket trying to make it in the quarter finals, I had probably slowed down to around 123.
I have the same speed as the top 2-3 guys now and I hit more good balls than they do, but I need to do a better job of hydrating and eating the right food…because when I do that…
I had a session yesterday where over a 2 hour period I maxed out, rested, cooled down and hit again, then did the same scenario again. I ate good proteins and drank water and didn’t exert myself when warming up.
I hit 18 balls (3 rounds worth). I hit 17 in an imaginary grid. Maxed out at 136 and 130 was the lowest…however, my last ball was 134 and was the best ball of the 3 sessions.
I have a month. Need to get that cardio up and eat right.