the off drive to the ball pitched well up that is a half that is a
half volley, on or outside the off stump.
The aim of the shot is
to get the face of the bat well behind the ball at the moment of
hitting, and keeping
it square on in the direction of the shot.
the left foot up to and alongside the line of the ball. The weight
goes forward over the left leg.
to the high pick up and, simultaneously with the left foot going
out, the bat commences the down swing. Point the left shoulder
towards the line of the on-coming ball; this will take the bat
over the leg stump. The head is steady. Watch the ball in its
flight down the wicket.
bat commences its down swing coming form the lien of the leg stump
the ball outside the off stump. Keep the wrist cocked. At
this stage the left hand has
the major part in swinging the bat
towards the ball and the left shoulder is still pointed
the line of the ball. The eye line will be over the left elbow.
the wrist cocked and the bat swinging with the left arm. The
weight is going forward over the left leg. The left arm is
beginning to unhinge. The right elbow brushes the right side with
the right hand behind the handle of the bat. The bat face is now
square on to the ball.
hit is about to be made. The left hand still swinging the bat. The
right hand grip is firmer at this stage. It is the right hand that
will put the power into the shot. The eye line is now over the
left hand, following the ball as far as possible towards the bat.