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Backswing

The Backswing is the start of the golf swing and is the portion of the swing that moves the club away from the ball and target and upwards off of the ground. The Backswing is designed only to get the player in position for and help create momentum for the downswing. The Backswing consists of a combination of arm swing, wrist hinge and shoulder turn.

Backswing Drills

Backswing Tips

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  • The Driver Head is Difficult to Feel

    Because a driver is long and light it is difficult for you to feel where the clubhead is at the top of your swing. This is a common complaint among students on the lesson tee. They just can't seem to get comfortable, because they can't tell if they are in that perfect slot or not. To help combat this use a mirror or video while you are practicing. Having that visual aid to check your position will give you the confidence you need to trust your swing.

  • Use More Wrists and Less Arms on the Hinge & Hold

    For a Hinge and Hold shot barely allow your arms to swing on the backswing. The backswing should be made mostly by hinging your wrists. Simply set your wrists, make as little arm swing as you need for the distance at hand and pivot forward dropping the club on the ball. The angle that you set in your wrists helps to pop the ball up unlike the bump and run shot which is a low running shot.

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