Finding the Proper Length of Your Golf Backswing

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In order to unleash your most perfect swing consistently, you have to learn to first repeat the ideal backswing each and every time. But what should a proper golf backswing look like? Well, it depends on your specific stroke, i.e. your specific arms, your specific shoulders, your specific flexibility. Every golfer’s backswing is going to be a little bit different, which means the length they need to pull the club back for optimal speed and shape is going to vary from player to player.

Most amateur golfers are unsure what their proper golf backswing should look like, but we know a simple drill you can utilize to determine the length and positioning of your proper golf backswing. In this lesson, PGA Professionals Mike Adams and Joseph Hallett walk you through this quick exercise you can complete on the range or in your home to help you find and perfect your proper golf backswing.

The keys to a proper golf backswing

Finding your proper golf backswing is simply a matter of crossing the T. If you don’t know what that means, don’t panic, we’re going to show you. Mike and Joseph demonstrate what’s called the kneel-down drill. To complete this easy exercise and discover your proper golf backswing, all you have to do is kneel down, and then set up like you normally would on two feet. Then, you’ll take a normal backswing and have a friend or family member assess your positioning.

Once you know what your shape looks like at the top of your backswing, you can determine any changes you need to make for a proper golf backswing. If you’re able to cross the T and your club shaft is down the line at the top of your swing, you’re sitting pretty. Mike explains how keeping your shaft and shoulder perpendicular ensures that you’re set up nicely for a solid follow-through. If you don’t cross the T, you need to make changes and work on your flexibility to reach perpendicular. Complete this simple kneel-down drill, and we guarantee you’ll find your proper golf backswing and start hitting the ball straighter and farther!

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