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.
Historical Examples

On the backswing, it thwacked resoundingly against the thug’s ribcage.
Nor Iron Bars a Cage…. Gordon Randall Garrett


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