T r a i n i n g
Power at the point of attack depends on the competitor's ability to transfer power from the ground into the opponent. Strength, speed, and quickness do little good if the force is not delivered in the most direct and efficient manner. There are countless ways to deliver but only one way is the best way. Success depends on the competitor's ability to master the best way to transfer power. Rolling the PowerDrive teaches the athlete the "best way" to transfer power from the ground, through his body, into an opponent.
The PowerDrive is the only piece of training equipment that is a valuable football training tool both during the season and the off-season. During the season, the PowerDrive hones and strengthens proper movement of the body, hands, and feet to control an opposing athlete. During the off season, athletes neither block nor tackle the PowerDrive. The only instruction necessary is simply to say, “roll it.” The effort necessary to roll it offers tremendous cardiovascular conditioning, and the techniques necessary to roll it precisely mimic the most efficient movement necessary to control an opposing athlete.
Proficiency can be measured during the season by grading play at the point of contact – pad level, arm extension, the ability to maintain the line of scrimmage and the measure of control of the opponent – before using the PowerDrive and again after a few weeks of “rolling it.” Proficiency can be measured in the off-season by timing distance rolled. Footwork can be enhanced by rolling the PowerDrive through a prescribed course.
The secret to the PowerDrive’s success as a football training tool is that when properly weighted, the PowerDrive requires perfect technique to roll and sustain its roll. Like riding a bicycle, the body learns the correct movement on its own. Then with repeated usage, the PowerDrive strengthens the target movement beginning with the weakest link in the chain of muscles that connect the feet and hands. Ultimately, attacking the opponent with a low pad level, propping him up, achieving separation, and controlling him becomes second nature.
Proper weighting is achieved by adding and removing sand from the ballast tank inside the PowerDrive. The ballast tank is specifically designed to generate maximum resistance to movement. Too much sand and the PowerDrive will not roll. Too little sand and the athlete will be able to roll the PowerDrive by making contact above the center axis. When properly weighted, the PowerDrive is extremely difficult to roll and the athlete will find it necessary to stay low and make contact at about the center axis. Rolling it will require that the athlete use proper techniques – low center of gravity, good body lean, push and lift with the hands, full arm extension, and coordination between the feet and hands.
The body acts on a conscious level and reacts on a subconscious level. An athlete may understand the techniques needed to stuff or move an opponent on a conscious level but when reacting to the sudden movement of an opponent in a game situation the body will execute the movement that is locked away in the subconscious. For this reason it is critically important not to practice bad movement. Unlike most football equipment, the PowerDrive requires perfect movement from beginning to end. The PowerDrive teaches proper technique directly to the body by just rolling it - much like the way the body learns to ride a bicycle - so the proper movement will be the natural, subconscious reaction.
Other than engaging in full speed contact training drills, athletes find it difficult to simulate game day conditioning. Athletes can only take so much full speed contact without negative side effects. Running is great conditioning for running but the one-on-one struggle that goes on at the line of scrimmage requires its own kind of conditioning drills. The PowerDrive provides one-on-one, game day conditioning in heavy doses without repetitive impact.