One of the things I really stress in doubles is where to
place the ball when poaching. Too many times I see an
aggressive player move across the net only to lose the point
due to hitting the ball in the wrong place.
I teach my students to hit the ball in the same direction
he/she is moving on the poach. Hopefully that way they will
be hitting the ball toward the opponent that is playing up
at the net. Hitting the ball at their feet should keep the
opponent from being able to hit much of a shot back if any
at all. If you hit the exact same speed and depth shot,
the opponent playing up will have a much more difficult time
getting the ball back. You also have the option of hitting
the ball down the middle between your opponents.
I really only suggest hitting the ball in the opposite
direction if you know its going to be an absolute winner or
for some reason the opponent has move over behind his/her
partner. When you hit to the deep player when poaching
you leave your alley open and your partner usually won't
have time to cover it for you. I hate to see a team make a
good serve and good movement by the net player but somehow
lose the point. Think of hitting in the direction you are
moving and I bet you'll have more fun poaching!