Who is Paul Nyman?

My name is Paul Nyman. I am SETPRO’s founder and I want to thank you for taking the time and effort to visit us.

My goal is to give you the very best training products and service possible.

SETPRO shipped it’s first bat speed training system in July of 1995. Actually SETPRO began 30 years ago.

I was an athlete and wanted to improve performance (jumping and throwing). I worked hard. I had lots of questions about power training. My coaches tried to answer all the questions but often could not. I read everything I could get my hands on. I built training aids. I lifted weights. I did isometrics (isometric exercise were “in” back then). Some of what I did worked, a lot did not.

Today, sports science and research has answered many of the questions I had 30 years ago. I now understand why I wasted much of my training effort and time. Most of the training I did 30 years ago was to build strength. I (and many others) confused strength with power. Throwing, batting, jumping all require power. Lifting weights made me stronger but it did not improve my power. Power requires strength and speed TOGETHER.

SETPRO turns 30 years of research into a training systems called SMART POWER. SMART POWER is the “fastest progress in the shortest time with the least effort”. SMART POWER gives you the most advanced training possible. You will see swing by swing improvements. Eight out of ten players see at least a 5 MPH improvement in their bat speed after their first training session.

One of the major advantages that I have over others who produce hitting and pitching information and products is my engineering and physics training.

For over 20 years I designed computer control systems for machinery control.

In 1985 I became Chief Engineer for Sports Technology (see article on this page) produced of computerised golf swing training and club fitting products.

In 1995 I started Sports Engineering and Training Products. Our bat speed and reaction training products are used by professional, college, high school and players of all ages.

And the SETPRO bat speed computer is THE STANDARD for bat speed measurement and training.

One of the main reasons for SETPRO’s success is the ability to use the latest computer engineering tools to analyze all aspects of how a player swings a bat or throws a baseball.

Shown above is a computer simulation of Nolan Ryan’s pitching mechanics. The picture on the left is Nolan Ryan. The picture on the right is computer generated simulation of Ryan throwing a pitch.
The above computer generated sequence shows the action of a pitchers shoulder. Specifically illustrated is the scapula loading (horizontal adduction) that all hard throwing pitchers achieve. And also shown is the difference between hyperflexion and scapula loading.


All of this science, research, working with players of all ages is what makes SETPRO SMART POWER TRAINING the fastest, most efficient way to maximize a players capabilities.

SMART POWER works for all ages. A 9 year old using our training system has improved his swing speed 20 MPH in 4 weeks. A 16 year old 21 MPH in 3 weeks. A 45 year old 18 MPH in 2 weeks. These players worked hard every day and they worked SMART every day. All SMART POWER products are proven by years of sports research.

For 2001 we have added a number of new products. All products meet our specificity of training principles. All products are proven through our own as well as independent testing.

We are most excited about our own latest products. We have incorporated revolutionary new FOUR MODE VIPER-RT SIMULATION TRAINING in our SPRT5A SMART POWER REACTION training system (see enclosed information). The SPRT5A is a break through in sports training. No other system measures batting reaction time, speed and power.

Tim Nolan, professional batting instructor for the Milwaukee Brewers, scout for the Philadelphia Phillies and inventor of the PROCUT swing training system says: “I have seen and tried every training device and system there is. Nothing even comes close to SETPRO’s SMART POWER TRAINING SYSTEMs. I use it in all of my clinics and private instructions”.

We have added new four new training regimens to our SMART POWER TRAINING for PITCHERS.

This system uses our Variable Overload Rate of Force Development training. Pitchers typically increase their throwing speed by 5-10 MPH after 6 weeks of training.

One word of caution. SMART POWER TRAINING is for serious athletes only. There is no system I know off that works with no effort on the athletes part. SMART POWER requires serious effort. But for every minute spent with SMART POWER you will get the maximum power your body is capable of producing.

There are many products on the market to “improve” your performance. As with everything else, “buyer beware”. Not all of these products work. Some are a waste of money. Even worse, a waste of your time and effort.

I promise to do everything possible so that you do not waste your time and efforts on non productive training equipment and methods. The SMART POWER TRAINING SYSTEM will give you the fastest results in the shortest possible time. We will only sell products that meet the very highest standards of performance and quality. Remember, everything we sell is with a complete satisfaction guarantee.

Your success is OUR success. There are no real short cuts to success. It requires hard work. With SMART POWER you get the most from your hard work.
I hope you will find the enclosed information helpful. Again, thank you for your time and effort.


Paul Nyman

The Sports Technology Golf Swing Analyzer

One of Paul Nyman’s “fun” projects

I joined Sports Technology in 1985 as Chief Engineer in charge of product design and development.
My first “project” was to take an “idea” that the President of the company had been “tinkering with” and turn it into a “sellable” product.
And do it in 90 days or less because he had already sold 30 units at $15,000 a piece to an investor.
The result was the Sports technology Golf Swing Analyzer.
Here’s what John Cromarty, founder and President of Sports Technology about Paul Nyman:

“Paul Nyman is without doubt one of the brightest and most energetic people that I have ever met or known. His technical abilities are are not only of the highest caliber, but also span many diciplines of electronic, computer and mechanical design.
Paul is not a “golfer”, but he knows more about the bio-mechanics of the golf swing than any PGA professional that I know.
The Sports Technology Golf Swing analyzer would not have been possible without Paul’s technical knowledge, ingenuity and creativity….. John Cromarty, president Sports Technology Inc.”

The Sports Technology Golf Swing Analyser screen displays nine functions with 11 measurements, in four categories: backswing path and speed, downswing path and speed, clubface angle at impact, and weight distribution at each stage. Each measurement can be displayed alone, in any desired combination, or collected behind a black screen for later retrieval. printouts follow the format of the screen display.
When it comes to analysing the golf swing during the impact zone it is impossible for the human eye to accurately diagnose what the clubhead is doing, even high speed photography will not give an accurate impression. This is where Smart Golf’s Smart Swing Analysis comes in.

Using a highly advanced detector pad it takes various measurements from the clubhead as it passes over the mat to strike the ball.
Takeaway. Speed of the clubhead during backswing, in feet per second.
Downspeed. Speed of the clubhead during downswing, in feet per second and miles per hour.

Face Angle. Angle of the clubface at impact. This measurement shows in degrees the relationship of the face attitude to the downswing path. O designates an open clubface angle, C a closed angle. ( Also shown visually by vertical/angled black line to the right of the ball . ) The Face Angle is computed from the PATH and FACE measurements.
The estimated yardage is shown to the right of the Face Angle readout.
Weight Distribution. Three measurements are taken. They are expressed as percentages of total weight for the left and right side respectively.
1. Set-up. Live monitoring of the golfer’s stance while addressing the ball. The moment the clubhead is moved, weight distribution is locked in and the SET-UP readout changes to TAKEAWAY.

2. Top. Weight distribution at the point in time when the club reaches the top of the backswing, representing the most weight transferred to the right side.
3. Impact. At impact, the third weight measurement is taken.
Red Dotted Line. represents takeaway path relative to ball position
Blue Dotted Line. represents downswing path relative to ball position. The point where the DOWNSWING PATH meets the ball indicates whether it was a heel, toe or centre hit.
Vertical Black Line. The inclination of line shows the position of the club face at impact relative to the ball.
Path. Degrees Inside-out (I) or Outside-in (O) for the downswing from an imaginary target line straight through the ball.
Face. Attitude of the clubface expressed in degrees to an imaginary line that is square to the intended target, open (O) or closed (C). FACE and PATH combined determine FACE ANGLE (described earlier), and the direction of the flight of the ball.