Whether you’re playing front or back foot shots, it’s generally better for your impact points to be in the middle of the bat, a little nearer the inside edge. That way, if the ball moves away in the air you’re less likely to get an edge (on the front foot) and you have more chance of keeping the ball down (off the back foot).

Challenge yourself to find the middle more often during your practice session.

For an advanced challenge, see if you can move your impact points around the middle when facing a bucketful of balls from a bowling machine.