back·​swing ˈbak-ˌswiŋ How to pronounce backswing (audio)
: the movement of a club, racket, bat, or arm backward to a position from which the forward or downward swing is made

Examples of backswing in a Sentence

a golfer with a short backswing
Recent Examples on the Web Before members of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024 posed for a group photograph, former Royals All-Star first baseman Eric Hosmer went into his backswing under the watchful eye of Tom Watson. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 19 May 2024 Matthew Nathanael Salazar died after being struck in the head accidentally by a golf backswing. Michael McGough, Sacramento Bee, 14 Dec. 2023 Beyond mud sliding down berms and boisterous backswing chatter, incidents included a shirtless fan attempting a back flip into a bunker, failing to stick the landing and then proceeding to make several sand angels before security nabbed him. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Her backswing could benefit from a little coaching, but there's no denying Princess Charlene of Monaco's follow-through. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 Happ hit Contreras in the head on his backswing during the first inning of the Cubs’ 10-3 win that moved them to .500. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2023 Daly’s recent scorecards may not be major worthy, but his nonchalant character and fascinatingly long backswing are still big draws for fans in attendance and at home, so he will certainly be missed. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 15 May 2023 But as the amplitude increases, the optimal timing shifts to favor leaning back earlier, when the swinger is at the highest point in her backswing. Bykatie McCormick,, 7 Apr. 2023 Left elbow stays straight during your backswing. Michael McKnight, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backswing was in 1892

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“Backswing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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