Golf Backswing Tips

By Robert Preston
A proper takeaway puts the club in position to be swung down on the ball.
A proper takeaway puts the club in position to be swung down on the ball.

Bringing the club back from its address position behind the golf ball into its fully cocked position, ready to deliver a powerful strike down on the golf ball, is a process that can easily be performed incorrectly. By correcting the flaws in your backswing, you can have consistently better strokes.

Beginning the Swing

Many players have a tendency to be too active with their arms when first learning to play, using their lead arm to push the club and their trailing arm to pull it back into position, throwing themselves off balance. Instead, a golfer should focus on not moving their arms at all. Instead, you should rotate the trunk, with the shoulders turning first, and the hips joining shortly after. As the shoulders rotate about the spine, the arms will naturally come up, and the trailing arm and wrists will break naturally just by maintaining a grip on the golf club.


Maintaining a consistent tempo throughout all swings can lead to multiple strokes saved over the course of the round. There is a natural tendency to attempt to swing the club back into position and back down with a great deal of speed when attempting to hit longer shots. Instead, by focusing on keeping a steady, controlled pace on all shots, you can keep more control over their balls, and find that just hitting the sweet spot with a firm pace is enough to move the ball.

Shifting Weight

If your back foot shifts during the backswing process, you are likely trying to over-swing. If a rear foot is slipping, it means your weight is being brought too far back and is no longer over your feet, causing the slip. Your weight should shift slightly toward the rear foot during the backswing; however the center of gravity should never shift beyond just inside of the rear foot.

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