Prior to the development of the PowerDrive as a training tool, the only method available to teach athletes proper technique at the point of attack was through repetitive, full-speed contact. Because the PowerDrive forces the user to sink the hips, extend the arms; push, lift, and replace the hands; and dynamically coordinate foot and hand movement; winning technique is built directly into muscle memory. In this way, the athlete's body learns proper technique without the repetitive head trauma.
The quality that sets the PowerDrive apart from other training equipment is that the athlete cannot "cheat" it. That is, as the athlete fatigues it becomes even more important to use proper technique. Like full speed contact, improper technique results in failure - the PowerDrive won't roll. Later, when the pads go on, the athlete will naturally execute the correct technique in the split second between hike and collision. PowerDrive trained athletes will demonstrate better technique, strength, and conditioning the very first day.
As the governing bodies that control practice hours for amateur athletes continue to reduce the time allotted for full speed contact, the PowerDrive will become more and more important as a means to teach, strengthen, and condition winning movement at the point of attack. Will rolling the PowerDrive ever replace full speed contact in practice? The answer is no. However, the PowerDrive is the only piece of training equipment available that precisely matches the movement necessary to stuff or control an opponent, thereby enabling young athletes to learn proper movement despite reduced full-speed contact.