Regulating to the Regulations

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

Regulating to the Regulations is an important core concept by which a golfer as a student “translates” educational concepts and principles of G.O.L.F. into a pattern of poses, with a skillful performance display of choreography, conducted with-in the required compliance tolerances, to the desired TGM blueprint technique schematic map.

The regulations or laws of golf science that constitute the technical catalog of TGM must be used and complied with by the golfer.  The deviations in error(s) generated in the display of motion must be reduced and minimized with a goal of as little unintended errors in the display of motion as is possible.  

•    The technical science subject matter in the TGM text becomes the resources by which a fluid stream of transference of concepts is infused from brain to body.  

•    The essence is evident by a display of performance, which truly is, as described in the BIA™ System, as “knowledge driven motion” with a TGM “MASTER’S level of execution” (Chapter Three, section 3-F-6, page 53).  The Central Stroke Pattern display is both elegant and very powerful in form and function.

•    All structural alignments created by the biomechanical system’s latticework of organic infrastructure are utilized harmoniously, non-erratically, efficiently, economically, and are conducted with fluid, well-orchestrated coordination (rhythm), such that the desired 6-F-1 “Right” timing is achieved at impact.

•    There is “no wobble” in the “machine”.  There is a well-formed and fully functioning Basic Motion nucleus hub.  The entire display is organized, proficient, stable, flowing, and grounded. Power and motion are interconnected in a mechanism governed by the laws of “cause and effect”.

•    The process of building a motion that comports or complies with the regulations is a skill-building, performance based regulating process.  Hence, regulating to the regulations.

Mr. Kelley provides us with some guiding principles for learning how to regulate to the regulations.  In The Golfing Machine, 7th Edition, in the Preface, on page XIII, Mr. Kelley states:

“Don’t turn away because the truth looks very complex. Stay with it a while and you’ll soon find it all very helpful and comfortable.  After all, complexity is far more acceptable and workable than mystery is.”

In Chapter One, section 1-E (Pattern Development, page 2), Mr. Kelley states:

“Every Board and every panel must be cut to fit its place and cut to fit in with the overall design.”

In Chapter One, section 1-G (Approaching The Game, page 3), Mr. Kelley states:

“Therefore, it is very important that the player have an understanding of the laws of geometry, structure, force, motion, etc., to properly apply these Mechanics as the player’s increased skill requires a tightening of tolerances of permissible deviations in execution.”

•    When a golfer performs the poses that comprise a Central Stroke Pattern with the goal of creating the most correct and proficient display as is possible, the golfer is creating a skill acquisition mechanism where all motor learning performance protocols are based upon the goal of regulating to the regulations.

•    The golfer is tailoring the biomechanical system’s organic infrastructure with a guidance of navigated motion that complies with the “laws” or regulations of the science of G.O.L.F.   

•    The “sequencing”, the “overlapping”, the “harnessing”, the “harmony”, and the “compliance” of the stream of interconnected poses, conducted by the biomechanical system, during the learning and intrinsic based skill acquisition phases, must always be reviewed, for quality assurance purposes, so that the display is regulating to the regulations.

•    Therefore, the detection of any “wobbly point”, “derangement”, “faulty execution”, “snare”, “lack of precision”, “flimsy” vulnerability with-in the structural system, “effortful” attributes of activity, etc., confirms the lack of regulating to the regulations.

•    The very best approach to building a Central Stroke Pattern that regulates to the regulations is to always start from the Basic Motion nucleus hub first, and stay with this “hub” in terms of refinement and revision until this “hub” operates with full compliance and precision. Then, move toward the expansion of performance operation to the Acquired Motion and the Total Motion.

In Chapter 9, section 9-0, page 121, Mr. Kelley identifies “Means” as the process of execution of a pattern of motion that is organized for a specific purpose, into a coherent Central Stroke Pattern, such that “Law or Cause” is demonstrated with intention of purpose, in the produced or displayed “Ball Behavior Display” or “Effect”.  The “Laws” are the regulations.  When using “Means” accurately with the goal of expressing “Law” for a “desired Effect”, we have the process of regulating to the regulations.

The instruction prepared and provided for a student golfer has many facets and features which include classical education pertaining to the concepts and principles of the science of G.O.L.F. as well as education-in-action, which is the application of the science that governs “lawful” participation into as competent a performance display as is possible. For this to occur the governance of the performance display must reflect the student golfer’s navigation of a motion that regulates to the regulations.  

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