Why is the Golf Backswing So Important?
Golfers ask me all the time how do you start your backswing, what do you do on your backswing, and obviously teaching golf I have seen a lot of different ways on how to swing the club back. It really starts from understanding and then doing the same thing over and over because your backswing sets you up in a position at the top of the swing in order to have a correct forward swing.
Let Your Arms Swing Back
So they call it a backswing and if you think about it your arms want to swing back. By letting your arms swing back they are swinging in front of their body. You see a lot of golfers that swing away from their body or they take the club inside on the backswing. If you can think of the arms just swinging back from the ball, and I set up to the golf ball right here, and as I swing back I just swing my arms back to you. They are working back as I go back.
Now as I swing the club back the club is going to work in, it is going to work up and around because my body is turning. But all I want to think about with my arms is that they are working back from the ball. So if I set up and swing back and turn my body the club is going to be in a great position at the top of the swing. Too many golfers try to lift the club when they go back, which inhibits a turn, or they set up and try to get the club to wrap around their body. So if you can just think the arms swing back and in front of you.
Golf Backswing Drill
A drill I like to do is put your thumbs into your palms right here and just swing the arms back as your body turns, you can go waist high back and waist high through. Just get the feeling that the arms swing in front of your body on the backswing and on the forwardswing. After you have done this a couple of times then grip the golf club and have the same feeling right here so that when you set up just feel that the club swings back away from the ball. The thought is in a straight line even though it will swing in an arc. Back and let your body turn, then you are going to be in a great position at the top of the swing. I am going to set up, let the club work back, and I was really in a great position to start my forwardswing because I had a successful backswing.