open stance


Definition of open stance

: a stance (as in golf) in which the forward foot is farther from the line of play than the back foot — compare closed stance

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Devers lowered his hands, ditched the open stance for a more neutral one, and focused on keeping his front hip in longer—something Martinez does as well as anybody in baseball. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Inside J.D. Martinez's Essential Role With the Red Sox and the Best of Mike Trout," 25 June 2018 His wide, open stance would often leave him vulnerable. Matt Breen,, "Phillies hit two grand slams, Maikel Franco stays hot to thump Marlins," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of open stance

1909, in the meaning defined above

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