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The Cross Court Drive

A simple and effective tactical deception is to address the ball as if to play it straight and then actually play it cross court. The opponents body weight will be leaning for the straight drive and the narrow cross court will pass him and die away deep into the corner. (Shot A)

If the cross court is played too wide (Shot B), it will hit the side wall and come back towards the opponent. (Even to get out of trouble, this only delays the problem - the lob or straight drive would probably be better.)

The narrow cross court will not be effective if played either obviously or too often. Also, generally where you have a large opening, play it straight (even though your opponent knows that you are going to play it).

Played in conjunction with - and in the right proportions to - the straight drive, boast and reverse angle (all ideally played from a similar stance), the cross court drive is a crucial basis to a good tactical game.

   
   
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