Golf Backswing (Halfway Back Position)

How to Bring the Club Up on the Right Path
Proper Golf Swing – Part 2

Golf BackswingIn the first part of this Golf Swing Tips series, we looked at the all-important takeaway. From here, our next checkpoint is halfway back…

Once you’ve grooved a good takeaway position and slotted the club into a good halfway back position, completing a full swing is relatively straight forward.

See the video below for a couple of simple checkpoints that you can use to make sure your club is staying on a good path beyond the takeaway position:

Golf Swing Paperback

Halfway Back Video Summary


  • Your wrists should begin to hinge as you cross the halfway point of the backswingWhen the club reaches a good takeaway position (about hip height), allow the wrists to start to cock upwards.

  • Your backswing is on plane if the butt end of the club points directly at the ball at the halfway back position of the backswingUsing a mirror directly behind you, check that the club is on plane by checking that the butt end of the club points directly at the ball.

  • Your chest should be between the target and your hands at the halfway back position of the backswingAlso looking down the line, your hands should appear right in the middle of your chest.

  • Your backswing is too flat if the butt end of your club points above the golf ball at the halfway back position of the backswingAvoid rolling or rotating the wrists – this will cause the club to get too flat. The action of the wrists is more of a hinging or cocking motion.

Golf Practice Drills for the Backswing

To help you get into this solid halfway back position, try the following two drills. In particular, drill #1 is an excellent exercise for creating a good plane and path for your golf swing:

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