How long should your backswing be?

The PGATour average time for the backswing is right around 0.75 seconds, with an additional 0.25 seconds for the downswing. Notice that ideally there should be something close to a 3:1 ratio of backswing time vs. downswing time.

Do you need a long backswing in golf?

Your backswing length needs to produce enough speed to create the necessary distance, but also provide consistency for the most accurate shots possible. Sometimes golfers need more distance and other times they need more accuracy, and finding the happy medium isn’t always easy.

Is a shorter backswing better in golf?

The shorter the arc of your backswing, the less power you can get. As long as you don’t shorten your golf swing too much, you likely won’t notice too much of a difference in power, and you will very often find much more accuracy.

Should I shorten my backswing?

Some players can handle a longer backswing, while others can’t. That being said, in general, most amateur golfers over-swing in their backswing, especially with their driver. This means they let their backswing get longer than they can handle. So, shortening of the backswing is needed to improve their overall game.

How far should shoulders turn in backswing?

90 degrees
In the backswing, your shoulders ought to turn 90 degrees away from the ball and away from the target. So, your chest will, pretty much be facing directly away from your target.

Should I raise left heel in backswing?

It’s OK to lift your left foot off the ground a little. And current players such as Bubba Watson do it also. Lifting your left heel up will help you rotate your hips for a bigger turn in your backswing. So if you’re struggling with power and clubhead speed, then let your left heel lift up a bit.

Is there such thing as a too long backswing in golf?

I have often stated that a golf swing is always going to be somewhat individualized, due to the unique physical makeup, body type, and skill level of a given golfer. But when it comes to backswing length, there are very few golfers who can get away with a massive backswing and produce an optimal downswing in response.

What are the most common mistakes on a backswing?

There are three very common mistakes that occur in the golf backswing. The first mistake is opening the clubface during the backswing. This move sets up a golfer’s followthrough to fail by creating an open clubface at the top of the swing and an open face at impact most likely causing the ball to slice.

Which is a sign of a long backswing?

Another sign of a long backswing is lack of balance. The next time you swing one of your irons, take a moment to notice how your body feels at the finish. Do you feel solid and balanced?

What is too much elbow bend for your backswing?

Many times when golfers over 50 take a backswing that is distrustfully too long, it is that the arms continue moving well past the point that the body stops turning. This can really only occur if the golfer sacrifices a good swing width by allowing the elbows to bend too much. What is too much elbow bend for your backswing?