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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4 Responses to “Finding the Proper Length of Your Golf Backswing”
  1. Laurence Merchant

    crossing the T. If you don’t know what that means, don’t panic, we’re going to show you.
    WHERE???????????????

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    • Sam Cannizzaro

      My question is the same as Lawrence’s – what is meant by “crossing the T”?? Am I dependent upon another viewer to answer? is there a place to find the answer to Lawrence’s/My question?

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      • Customer Service

        Hi Sam. Thanks for your question. What Mike means by “crossing the T” is that at the top of your swing, the line of your shoulders should be perpendicular to the shaft of your club. In other words, if a straight line was drawn across your shoulders to the shaft of your club while you are at the top of your backswing, the line and the shaft would make a T. In the video, Mike lays a club across Joe’s shoulders while Joe is at the top of his swing to help you see the line of his shoulders. The line of Joe’s shoulders and the shaft of Joe’s club at the top of his swing make a T, so the length of Joe’s backswing is fundamentally sound. If the same is true for you at the top of your backswing, then the length of your backswing will be correct for you. I hope this helps. Good luck with you next trip to the course!
        Thanks
        Dan-PGA

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  2. larry

    not real clear as to how the “T” is formed. Obviously the top of the T seems to be the club shaft, but how do you establish the leg of the T

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