back·​swing | \ ˈbak-ˌswiŋ How to pronounce backswing (audio) \

Definition of backswing

: 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 On television, anchors used slow-motion video to analyze and fawn over Charlie’s backswing, his follow-through, his hip turn. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2021 But Fernandez, with her lack of a backswing, incredible hand-eye coördination, and her insouciance, held her ground. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 To execute that shot, your backswing and follow-through must be the same length. Joe Didonato, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Whether your mom picked up her first racket this spring or 20 springs ago, there’s nothing like a new ensemble to put some pep in her backswing. Sara Bosworth, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 Golfers coil their bodies during the backswing to follow through after the point of impact. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2021 Austin Allen, who started behind the plate Tuesday, took a Cabrera backswing to the side of his head early but stayed in the game. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2021 Rahm is a different kind of power player who employs a remarkably short and quick backswing. Star Tribune, 12 Nov. 2020 Ramón Laureano both were checked by trainers during the game: Murphy took a Wilmer Flores backswing to the helmet in the fifth and Laureano wore his majors-leading 12th hit-by-pitch in the ninth. Matt Kawahara,, 20 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of backswing

1892, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2022

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“Backswing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of backswing

: a movement of the arm backwards before swinging something (such as a club, bat, or racket)


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