Discover How You Can Include Amazing Quickness Drills into Your Training to Drastically Improve Your Game Speed
It’s Like Magic!
There is no doubt you need to be training reactively so you can develop “Game Like Speed” quickness.
You can train eye-popping quick feet with simple patterned agility drills that will force you to cut faster, explode on your first step, and change direction like a cat.
Improve your “Game Like Speed” with my proven strategies.
What’s Up, Athletes?
I am Lee Taft, better known as… “The Speed Guy.”
I was given this name because no one understands multi-directional game speed better than I do.
From my playing days in college to three decades later, I can still cut on a dime and put fear in opponents with my foot speed.
What’s My Secret?
- I always try to create stiffness and stability. This means I want my muscles and joints to rapidly absorb force on every single landing, so quickness is the result.
- I always train at game speed. I never “dog it” and simply just go through the motions. I kill the agility drills to improve my skill.
- I perform as much reactive training as possible. This means I compete against partners, a coach’s signals, or reaction balls… for example. I see it, react to it, and attack it!
- I use resisted and non-resisted impulse training. This type of training forces me to crush my speed by simulating the forces and angles I need to cut with laser-like speed. I get tons of reps in seconds!
How Do You Gain “Game Like Speed”?
The KEY to GAME LIKE SPEED and QUICKNESS is to be able to INSTANTLY plant your foot and accelerate in a different direction with no hesitation!
For decades, my tools of choice have been the same. I have had a lot of success with the Agility Ladder, the Low Box, and, of course, with a 1/2-inch to a ¾ inch Superband.
Why use the Agility Ladder to Aid in Creating Stiffness?
Why the Low Box?
Why the Superband?
What are the Results?
With all three of the tools together, the mass and momentum forces are created. The reacceleration emphasis is dialed in, and the reactive quickness off the ground is spot on.
Using this strategy, we can get tons of reps in a small area and a very short time. HOME RUN!
What are the Goals?
- Create proper and safe force application angles.
- Allow for instant reacceleration in a new direction.
- Teach athletes to “Stay in the Tunnel” (stay athletically low enough to accomplish tasks)
- Reduce overall training time and get quicker results.
- Allow more reps to teach from and improve joint angles to produce and reduce force.
- Flat Out Improve Quickness!
GAME LIKE SPEED
If you are looking for a quick, simple, and effective way to improve your athletes’ quickness when you have limited time and space, this is your resource.
- I have used this approach with 7-year old to professional athletes.
- Athletes who need to move laterally quicker.
- Teams with limited space and time but DESPERATELY need quickness.
- Individual athletes like tennis players who live and die by their ability to move laterally
- Court and field sport athletes looking to dominate quickly on both ends of the court or field.
- Coaches looking for speed training drills they can easily add to their current program.
- Physical Therapists looking to ease athletes back into live game-speed cutting and change of direction.
I have personally used these speed training drills with various groups. From youngsters to injured athletes returning to play, overweight athletes, weak athletes, and many others.
The progression I outline makes it so easy to use with any athlete. It will give your athletes confidence to PUT THEIR FOOT IN THE GROUND AND CUT WITH CONFIDENCE AND QUICKNESS.
This might be the most effective form of speed training drills I use other than tag and chase games to fire up my athletes to want to train. They LOVE IT!
I have competitions they can participate in, and standards athletes can try to meet.
Best of all, this form of training produces quick results, so the athletes get behind it 100%.