backswing

[bak-swing]
noun Sports.
the movement of a bat, racket, or the like, toward the back of a player in preparation for the forward movement with which the ball is struck.

Origin:
1895–1900; back2 + swing1

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Hogan steadied himself over the ball, slowly began his backswing, unleashed his
  power and sent the ball flying.
My vote is also for a golfer at the height of the backswing.
While a golfer can self-correct during the backswing, it's almost impossible to
  do so after the downswing has begun.
The torso and hitting arm are positioned to enter the backswing.
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