The straight drive. This very
important, yet simple, shot is often played wrongly.
As with the drop shot, many players angle the straight drive
too wide so that it hits the front wall, then the side wall
and comes back out towards the opponent enabling him to hit
cleanly a choice of shots (Shot A).
This is particularly wasteful when you have a good opening.
The more effective shot is to play the ball narrower (Shot
B). The ball will then reach the back of the court, ideally
with the second bounce dying into the nick.
Played in conjunction with the cross court drive, boast and
reverse angle, the straight drive is a crucial basis to a
good tactical game.