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 Rahm is a different kind of power player who employs a remarkably short and quick backswing. Star Tribune, "Masters of a different hue opens with power hitters on pause," 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,, "A’s slammed 14-2 by Giants; AL West magic number still one," 20 Sep. 2020 Allen started Saturday’s game against the Angels and took a backswing to the right side of his head. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s shuffle backup catchers: Jonah Heim up, Austin Allen down," 24 Aug. 2020 In the past week, Vogt was struck in the head by a backswing and was hit by three foul tips and two balls in the dirt. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks catcher Stephen Vogt taking a beating behind the plate," 16 Aug. 2020 Gudel had posted a video to her Twitter account of a session at the golf range Sunday in which Kemm is seen drawing through her backswing with just one arm, her right, and piping a shot straight down the fairway. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "'It's crazy': Teen golfer Kendall Kemm gets lesson from Nick Faldo after video of one-armed swing goes viral," 30 July 2020 Doing so leaves them increasingly vulnerable to backswings. Matthew Gutierrez,, "In MLB’s age of velocity, catchers are increasingly feeling the heat," 4 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of backswing

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backswing was in 1892

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26 Nov 2020

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“Backswing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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