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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Fellow Nationals backstop Yan Gomes ducks his head to avoid getting hit on a backswing. Matthew Gutierrez, The Denver Post, "In MLB’s age of velocity, catchers — like Rockies’ Tony Wolters — are increasingly feeling the heat," 4 Sep. 2019 Both foul tips and backswings have effects that can linger. Matthew Gutierrez,, "In MLB’s age of velocity, catchers are increasingly feeling the heat," 4 Sep. 2019 Mannarino has a very nice game for grass—a lefty who requires little backswing, stays low to the ground and moves well. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Seven Reasons Why Mid-Match Coaching is a Terrible Idea," 19 June 2019 Taking a backswing was like hauling her racket through honey. Melody Chiu,, "Get a First Look at Kobe Bryant's Upcoming Young Adult Novel Legacy and The Queen," 26 July 2019 My speedy strokes had caused me to spray the ball all over the course until the app coached me into grasping that the ideal ratio of backswing time to downswing time was 3:1. David Pierce, WSJ, "Can Tech Fix Your Golf Swing?," 23 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of backswing

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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