Padraig Harrington - 5 reasons why VKTRY Insoles helped me get my best swing speed ever (at age 49)
Padraig Harrington, three-time Major Winner and Europe 2021 Ryder Cup Captain, has been playing on Tour for 24 years now. During his time (...)
Padraig Harrington, three-time Major Winner and Europe 2021 Ryder Cup Captain, has been playing on Tour for 24 years now. During his time playing professionally, he’s always looked to maximize his swing speed in order to stay ahead of the always-improving performance of the top players. That includes not only with his training & practice routine, but also with his gear.
Amidst the 2020 pandemic, Padraig was able to take time and hone in on the analytics of his swing, including the metric that’s taken the sport by storm: club head speed. After coming across an ad on Instagram for VKTRY Performance Insoles, the carbon fiber performance insoles that have been rumored to be in the cleats of top sports stars in most major sports, Padraig immediately understood the science of the product and wanted to try it for himself.
Sure enough, after a few sessions wearing “VKs”, he hit his new personal best of 196 MPH driver club head speed. Not bad for 49 years old? Padraig was so impressed that he contacted VKTRY about being their spokesperson in golf.
Here’s what he had to say about VKTRY Insoles:
“They promised speed… I’m all about speed. Easy speed. Why not add a bit of speed for no extra effort? Sure enough, I’ve broken my personal best a couple of times since I started using them, but there’s an added bonus…they help with recovery. I had been suffering a lot with fatigue and soreness in my ankles and knees. Since I started to wear VKTRY, it’s gone away completely. Nice added bonus there to the speed, I’d say.”
The benefits Padraig sees from his VKs are nothing new for someone trying the insoles for the first time. VKs are backed by 10 years of R&D and worn by tens of thousands of athletes around the world. Here are the five reasons why the world’s top golfers love VKTRY Insoles:
1. More Distance
VKTRY’s patented carbon fiber technology has been proven by 3rd party, PhD-led research to increase an athlete’s ground force by greater than 8%. You may have heard the phrase “power comes from the ground up”. VKTRY’s carbon fiber base stores the energy you put into the ground, and rather than dispersing it like a foam insole would, it returns it back to you. VKs help a golfer rapidly transfer energy from the backswing to the follow throw – creating a more explosive swing. Professional golfers have reported a 2-3 mph increase in club head speed, translating to 5-10 yards more distance. Safe to say, Padraig isn’t the only one swinging harder with VKTRY!
2. More Stability
Balance in the golf swing is crucial to making consistent, solid ball impact. In order for Padraig to achieve his personal best club head speed, stability must be maintained. When a golfer loses even the slightest bit of balance, power and distance suffer. And no matter what golf shoes you choose to wear, VKs will give you a consistent feeling and supportive base. Made from aerospace-grade carbon fiber from heel to toe, VKTRY Insoles provide a stable foundation for the golf swing. As Padraig has stated, “You can’t launch a rocket from a canoe!”
Overpronation/supination can lead to unwanted inconsistencies when striking the ball or even worse – injury. The VKTRY technology ensures that you’re getting the assistance needed to avoid imbalance and unwanted torque while still giving your foot custom flexibility, support and comfort. This leads us to another important topic…
3. Clinically proven protection & recovery
We all know how we can feel the day after playing 18 holes. Improper support under your feet can lead to soreness of the back, lower body and feet. VKTRY Insoles provide support of the heel and arch, plus energy return with every step as the carbon fiber base plate gives back what you put into it. Test subjects in a clinical study performed by the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut reported a lower rate of fatigue while wearing VKs. The study found that wearing VKTRY Insoles resulted in less joint load on the lower extremities and improved common injuries such as plantar fasciitis. “My ankle and knee soreness went away almost instantly when I started wearing VKTRY Insoles,” stated Padraig. Golf can be tough on the feet; reward them with the performance and protection of VKTRY Insoles.
4. Every pair is customized to YOU
Most companies provide you with footgear that is made to fit your foot size… end of story. VKTRY goes a step further to give each customer a unique insole tailored to their weight and sport. VKTRY’s Pro Level algorithm customizes each pair using your age, gender, weight, and activity, providing you with a “Pro Level” that will allow you to get the most out of your VKs. The higher the Pro Level, the higher the spring strength. All athletes are not alike. A big athlete needs more push or bounce than a lighter-weight athlete. VKTRY ensures every customer’s experience is optimal to his or her needs.
5. Support & Comfort with Every Step
Of course, as every insole should, VKTRY Insoles provide arch & heel support, as well as better comfort for your round. Performance and protection can only go so far if the insole isn’t comfortable. To be worn by some of the world’s best athletes means they have to like wearing them, and VKTRY takes pride in providing the best athletes in the world with the best gear in the world. That’s why athletes at over 300 Division 1 and Professional programs wear VKTRY, and professional athletes from all over the world do too.
Get your game-changing pair of insoles at VKTRYGear.com. All orders come with a 90-day money-back guarantee. So no risk to try VKs for yourself!