Swing Study

Inspired by two books he carries during his travels – The Masters of Golf: Learning From Their Methods, by Ken Bowden and Dick Aultman; and Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds by Harold Bloom – 53-year-old Brandel Chamblee has now written his own book, The Anatomy of Greatness: Lessons from the Best Golf Swings in History ($30, Simon & Schuster). By focusing on the commonalities of the greatest players of all time, who influence them, and who they in turn influenced, the Golf Channel analyst and winner of the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open rediscovered some basic fundamentals that he feels today’s golfers – both pro and amateur – could benefit from.

What was the writing process like?

I went through my collection of golf books, and re-read what I thought are the 100 best. Then I tried to connect the dots and see if one thought resonated with another player 20 years earlier. I also looked at what I thought are the 100 greatest players of all time, found as much video as I could, and took notes on their commonalities. I started writing a year ago and finished late last year. When I got done, I had this feeling of deep satisfaction that I hadn’t felt since I won a PGA Tour event, and that was a long time ago.

What commonalities did you discover?

It became so learn to me that the vast majority of the greatest players had four, five, or six things in common. Generally speaking, the best players have the strongest grips, kick their right knee in at address, move off the ball an inch or so, and move…

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