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

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Castillo was winged by a backswing from A's Khris Davis with two outs in the first inning Monday but stayed in game after being checked out. John Hickey,, "White Sox excited to wear throwback uniforms for free game against Athletics on Tuesday," 16 Apr. 2018 To get the ball there, Woods would have to avoid getting his backswing clipped by the branch behind him, then hit a low, searing, looping shot that, with the help of the downslope, could roll to the mouth of the green. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Tiger Woods’s Eventful Opening Round at the Masters," 5 Apr. 2018 Status: Full go (Missed first three games) Feduccia missed the first three games of the regular season after suffering a hairline fracture in his catching hand after getting hit on a backswing just before the season started. Andrew Lopez,, "How the injury bug has affected LSU baseball in 2018," 29 Mar. 2018 Golf aficionados from the Lake Houston area are preparing to see some impressive backswings and amazing flip shots at the 2018 Houston Open Golf Tournament, which starts March 26 at the Golf Club of Houston. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Open showcases Lake Houston area to golf community," 20 Mar. 2018 Golf fans have one job: Don’t scream like a moron during a player’s backswing. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Tiger Woods misses birdie putt after overly excited fan screams during backswing," 28 Jan. 2018 President Trump, who angered millions last week with his profane reference to Africa and Haiti, might do better to save his salty expressions for his backswing. Rita Giordano,, "Swearing makes you stronger? (Bleep) yes, study says," 15 Jan. 2018 Experts have faulted him for his backswing and the angle of his shoulder and elbow, but say that’s all corrected by the time the clubface hits the ball. Stephanie Gosk, NBC News, "Fore! Golf is not just a passion for Trump, but also a business," 31 Dec. 2017 That seems to be something that's grown the last couple years, getting hit by backswings. Josh Dean, Esquire, "Tough Jobs: San Diego Padres Catcher Derek Norris," 18 May 2015

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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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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