The Importance of the Backswing and How to Improve Your Own

Golf is in many ways a science in itself. Angles, velocity, force, all these elements come together when trying to perfect your golf game much in the same way that it would for a high school science project.

Of the many individual parts of your game that come together to create the science that is golf, one of the most important is the backswing. This part of your game can either win you tournaments or lead to embarrassment, but why is that?

Today, we will be telling you how the backswing is so important to your golf game as well as give you pointers to improve upon your own, helping you to make the perfect shot on the course.


Why is the Backswing Important?

In golf, the backswing can be considered sort of the "architect" of your golf swing. Everything from the power to the accuracy of your shot is determined as you come up with your club for the backswing, as it will help to set the tempo and rhythm for the entire shot.

This is why it is so important to know how to make a proper backswing when you play golf, as messing up on this crucial aspect can spell defeat for you. That is why should you need a little help in this area, we suggest taking a look at the following tips.

How to Improve Your Backswing

Keep it Short and Sweet

As you prepare to take your backswing, keep in mind that your club does not always have to be pulled too far back. In fact, especially if you need help in the backswing area, pulling the club back less can help you to improve your accuracy as you come back down with the club, as doing this is easier to control.

You also don't have to pull back with excessive force for your backswing. The club head is heavy enough to strike the ball with enough force in most cases, so it isn't necessary to put all the power into your backswing. Not only that but, seeing as your backswing usually sets the pace for the rest of your shot, you are more likely to hit erratically if you try to come back too fast.

It's in the Wrist

Your wrist should not twist much, if at all, during your backswing unless you want your swing to start losing control. Instead, bring wrist up with your arms, turning both just enough to bring the club up at a 90-degree angle from your ball.

Even with this limited movement, don't tighten your wrist up so that they become tense. You will want your wrist to be flexible with your shot, which enables you to get the most distance possible, even on shorter backswings.

Get a Grip

If you have trouble with your backswing, you may find it easier to grab your club a little bit further down the grip, bringing you closer to the ball. This will make to club shorter in your hand, which can help you to maintain control of the club when pulling back.

Keep Your Arms Level

One mistake that a lot of golfers make during the backswing is lifting their arms above their head or bending at the elbows. Doing either of these things can actually lead to your backswing becoming too "loose", which will then cause a loss of both power and accuracy during your shot.

Instead, keep your arms straight and level, moving them along with your body. This will allow you to maintain the rhythm of your shot and leads to a solid follow-through.

The Rest of the Body

As you come up for your backswing make sure you twist your spine to help you lift your shoulders, arms, and club. This movement will help to give you the power that you need while making sure that your club stays in line with the ball through the impact.

Your hips shouldn't move too much during your backswing, moving at most 45-degrees from the starting position. Moving too much in the hip can bring your backswing up too far, and can result in a shot that is less than perfect.

Try not to change your body positioning much from the above stance. Too much movement can lead you to lose your control and rhythm, and this consistency is key to a great backswing.
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As you can no doubt tell be now, the backswing is the glue that holds together your entire golf game, and it is an element that is all too often overlooked. Once you are able to get the perfect and most consistent backswing that is possible, you will soon find that your game as a whole is likely to drastically improve.

Denny Putsh
Denny Putsh

I’m a golf enthusiast just like you and have been playing the game since I was 12 years old. Although I love watching the PGA Tour and following my favorite stars on tour I’m also fascinated by all of the unique and innovative products that are associated with the game I love. It's my greatest joy to share my fascination with golf gadgets, equipment, training aids, and golf accessories with fellow golf lovers on all levels.


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