Application of Force: Procedure vs. Execution

By Dr. Matthew M. Rosman, GSEE
Director of Biomechanics and Sports Science, The Golfing Machine, LLC

The effectiveness of the displayed pose choreography sequence the golfer utilizes in expressing a Stroke Pattern ultimately reveals the quality of the level of performance proficiency relative to all pre-determined golf Ball Behavior Response (Display) goals.  This is because the biomechanical system of the golfer must ultimately “make a motion” so that all Line of Compression goals may be achieved.  

When the biomechanical system performs a Stroke Pattern, one of its key functions is to harness and channel energy to be directed through the golf club into the golf ball to:

•    Produce a specific G.O.L.F. Ball Behavior Response/Display (per goal) with the desired direction and distance
•    To avoid any unintended Compression Leakage
•    To provide mechanisms which resist or buffer against the dangers of both Release Deceleration and Impact Deceleration

In 2-A, Mr. Kelley states:

“The response of the Ball to different applications of Force is the factor that determines how Force (LOC) must be applied to produce a desired result.”

The key phrase in this regard for the present discussion is “applications of Force”, as it is the biomechanical system’s operational actions that provide the resources to “apply force” into the golf ball via its conduit: the golf club.  The terminology Mr. Kelley utilizes to describe the application of force (through the activation and operation of the biomechanical system) is execution. Hence, when conducting a Stroke Pattern, with the purpose of applying force lawfully, the biomechanical system is engaging in execution.  However, as we know the “displayed” execution by the biomechanical system of an individual golfer may not always be lawful.

In 3-F-6, Mr. Kelley states:

“Any procedure—whether Practicing or Playing—that produces awkward or un-golf-like positions or motions, is being misapplied.”

Hence, a lawfully designed Golfing Machine procedure (a specific, technical, systematic, scientifically valid, operational schematic) is expressed through the displayed pattern of pose choreography executed by the participating golfer.   The act of execution by the biomechanical system (whether practicing or playing) is how force is applied. Mr. Kelley further provides some keys in 3-F-6 to discriminate between competent vs. incompetent “applications of force” from the execution of a procedure by the biomechanical system:

“All quick, jerky and wobbly motions are improper execution.”

The execution applies (expresses) the force and can either be “dainty” or “deliberate”, “flimsy” or “heavy”.  Mr. Kelley further describes counterproductive execution in 3-F-6 as “improper” or “erratic”. Thus, when written scientific G.O.L.F. principles, organized into specified blueprint map pathway protocols in the Golfing Machine book (a.k.a. procedures), appear to be “misapplied”, when a golfer displays “quick, jerky and wobbly motions”, it is the biomechanical system’s execution level of competency that is the primary source of the failure to apply (express) force with accuracy and proficiency relative to the pre-selected G.O.L.F. procedural blueprint.
Therefore, the terms “dainty”, “flimsy”, “improper”, “erratic”, “quick”, “jerky” and “wobbly” describe motion application characteristics which fail to attain the threshold requirements by which a lawfully applied execution is conducted.

Simply put: the displayed pattern of pose choreography performed by the biomechanical system did not precisely comply with the technical blueprint’s procedural pathway map.  The BIA™ Level One text’s discussion of Concept-Pathway-Pattern™ (pages 94-95) provides further insight into this subject matter.    

To summarize:

•    When it appears that lawful and valid G.O.L.F. procedural blueprint schematics are misapplied it is actually the execution of a specific G.O.L.F. procedural blueprint schematic performed by the biomechanical system being misapplied.
•    Execution exhibiting misapplication of force produce Wobbles, Snares, sequence disturbance, improper Alignments, poor Rhythm, “Off-Timing”, and so, on.
•    The causes of execution errors producing misapplications of force, impairing all Ball Behavior Display goals, may be due to: incorrect understanding or lack of education about the G.O.L.F. Technical concepts, improper allocation of the use of structures of the biomechanical system, dysfunctions with-in the biomechanical system, etc.  

In 2-0, Mr. Kelley states:

“Because this book is based upon Law—the geometry and physics of Force and Motion---this chapter is included to show those who understand such things, how they are applied herein.”

The quality and effectiveness level of the application of force produced by the biomechanical system, through the golf club, into the golf ball and the adherence of the execution to the laws and principles of the science of G.O.L.F. (procedures), determines the proficient competency level of the performed execution.    

Execution that adheres to the laws of G.O.L.F accurately applies (expresses) desired force which:

•    Produces a specific G.O.L.F. Ball Behavior Response/Display (per goal) with the desired direction and distance
•    Avoids any unintended Compression Leakage
•    Provide mechanisms which resist or buffer against the dangers of both Release Deceleration and Impact Deceleration
•    Successfully utilize the assembled and arranged Alignments with the proper allocated well orchestrated coordination of the Three Zones (Rhythm), so that the Impact Event attains the desired “Right Timing.”

Thus, when we begin to look into performance of the Stroke Pattern, it is the orderly Alignments of the biomechanical system, from the ground up, through the hands, into the golf club, AGAINST the contact point of the golf ball, which must be so considered and properly posed for desired application of force. This then establishes the logic and reasoning for every Line of Compression construct Mr. Kelley states in 2-0. This central construct serves as the basis for the Impact Fix procedure.

Impact Fix is that procedural hub for calibrating* (aligning, adjusting, and refining with specific intent of purpose to comply with a high degree of accuracy to a standard reference source) and then assembling the biomechanical system (in a specified relationship with the golf club and golf ball) so that the execution by the golfer will apply force lawfully producing all Line of Compression goals based upon the pre-determined Ball Behavior Display requirements for practice or play.

Here, the term calibrate* is used to describe the act of creating, adjusting, and refining the Alignments of poses by the biomechanical system with as much accuracy as is possible relative to a standard source of reference (The Golfing Machine).

Calibration is not a form of impersonation, mimicry, or non-functional duplication.  The biomechanical system is the mechanism responsible for the application of force for G.O.L.F. procedures. The biomechanical system strives to function as needed with homeostatic vibrancy. Homeostasis (defined by is “the tendency of a system, esp. the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus tending to disturb its normal condition or function.”  

As a golfer’s biomechanical system moves from a more static state to a dynamic state (when executing a Stroke Pattern), there is then the potential for a “situation or stimulus tending to disturb its normal condition or function.”  The “situation or stimulus” in this regard includes the actions of execution that must be conducted with the required competency and proficiency to apply force properly to satisfy all Line of Compression requirements.  The execution of the Stroke Pattern must apply the required force lawfully and yet not overwhelm the homeostatic vibrancy capabilities of the biomechanical system. And, each and every biomechanical system will have a varying level of competent functional capacity.

Execution (performance) is conducted to conform to a standard and valid operational procedure. In addition to complying with the requirements of the procedure, the execution (performance) must direct all harnessed force(s) in the obligatory manner to comply with all Line of Compression requirements. Hence, even if there were evidence that an observed execution empirically “appeared” dynamic, fluid, well sequenced, and did not violate the homeostasis of the biomechanical system, if the Ball Behavior Display did not fulfill the pre-selected goals relative to compression, distance, direction, and so, on, the forces must be classified as misapplied and thus the execution would be deemed as “faulty.”  Then, in review, one or more aspects of the assembly, arrangement, and resultant execution would be “improper”, “faulty”, “erratic”, or “flimsy” when compared to the reference-for-utilization G.O.L.F. procedural schematic.

Therefore, the goal is to examine, in greater detail, the execution by the golfer AND the manner by which the biomechanical system “channels” forces into and through the golf club into the golf ball.  So, from a diagnostic standpoint:

•    Execution is always compared to the pre-selected G.O.L.F. Procedural Blueprint.
•    Observed Ball Behavior Display verifies the effectiveness of the application of force relative to the pre-determined goal for required Ball Response.
•    Displayed Impact Fix Alignments should be compared with the actual under motion executed Impact Alignments for congruency.  
•    The quality of the homeostatic vibrancy of the biomechanical system is reflected by its displayed Rhythm (well orchestrated coordination harnessing, channeling, and applying forces).
•    If the Alignments and Rhythm of the executed procedure is sound, then there will be no “Off-Timing” issues so that the application of force from the execution will be congruent with all of the selected G.O.L.F. procedures.

By developing a diagnostic flow of evaluation that compares the displayed execution to the procedure of intent, there can be great productivity in the lesson dynamic between AI and aspiring student golfer. And, the golfer will foster greater ability for monitoring execution and navigating motion with a higher degree of lawful participation competency.

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*Source of derivation and applied use of this terminology is