The Anatomy of Greatness

By Brandel Chamblee

The Anatomy of Greatness - Brandel Chamblee
  • Release Date: 2016-03-29
  • Genre: Golf
Score: 4.5
From 93 Ratings



In the first book from popular Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, the network’s “resident scholar and critic” (The New York Times) explores the common swing positions of the greatest players throughout history—and reveals how those commonalities can help players of every skill level improve their own games.

Every golf game begins with the swing. While no two are identical, Brandel Chamblee, the highly regarded television analyst and former PGA Tour professional, once noticed that the best players of all time have shared similar positions in each part of the swing, from the grip and setup to the footwork, backswing, and follow-through. Since then, Chamblee, a student of the game’s history, has used scientific precision and thoroughness to make a study of the common swing positions of the greats. Now, in The Anatomy of Greatness, he shares what he has learned, offering hundreds of photographs as proof, to show us how we can easily incorporate his findings into our own swings to hit the ball farther, straighter, and more consistently.

What does it tell us that the majority of the greats—from Jack Nicklaus and Byron Nelson to modern masters like Tiger Woods—employ a “strong” grip on the club? How did legends like Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Mickey Wright, and Gary Player unlock hidden power and control by turning in the right knee at address? Why are some modern teachers preaching quiet footwork when forty-eight of the top fifty golfers of all time lifted their left heels on the backswing, allowing them to build power? At the same time that Chamblee is encouraging certain swing virtues, he also debunks a number of popular—but misguided—swing philosophies that have been hindering golfers for years.

The result is perhaps the best and clearest explanation of how to hit a golf ball ever published. Golfers can take The Anatomy of Greatness to the driving range and use Chamblee’s clear explanations to build better swings—and get more speed and consistency into their swings—immediately. This book is like having a series of private lessons from the best golfers of all time, and it will help golfers build swings that make the game easier and more fun.


  • Golf the complete picture

    By imguruman
    Great book.. takes a complete view of golf from a widest angles and condenses it all or integrates it all into one great golf book... 👍⛳️
  • Good job, but short game ignored.

    By Richard J. Roberts, PhD
    I have never liked Brandel Chamblee as a TV analyst. That having been said, this book is a wise and remarkable contribution based upon a thorough knowledge of golf history. I would have appreciated reading his views on putting given that I believe Billy Casper was a genius who would output everyone within 6 feet but perhaps Jack and Tiger. And let's face it -- these men possessed physical gifts with regard to their CNS motor function that the vast majority of golfers do NOT possess.
  • Easy Read, Easy to Understand and I dropped 8 strokes first time out

    By DomGiudici
    So I watch the golf channel 24/7 and was always a little skeptical about Mr. Chamblee's analysis of guys on the PGA TOUR (Especially El Tigre) but I was having trouble at the driving range so I went home and decided to buy this book. My current handicap is an 8 and a couple years ago I was down to a 2 but lost all thought process. I read the book and went out a couple days later and shot a 78! My average score has been between 84-86. But his method not only helped me off the tee, but it especially helped me around the green. My up and down percentage that day was amazing, I think I missed 2 putts outside of 10 feet but was pitching the ball to inside the leather almost every time. There is still a lot to work on and get used to, but it got me out of my head about thinking about Backswing and downswing plane. Using his method the club automatically got on plane with out having the think about it. I need to still get some old habits out of the way but I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling or just starting to pick up the game. I don't work for golf channel (although I wish I did) and this is my own opinion.