I figure, any short board needs to be attacked.
If you don't, you're caught in NML retreiving his shot, you can't go backwards, so you might as well hit an approach and move forwards to one side of the serviceline/center, usually the DTL side on DTL approaches.
Kinda cut your losses there.
If it's a dropshot you're chasing, you need to be aware of the dropper's intent as you run in. If he stays back, you drop angle. If he moves well in, best ploy is a short dump to his weaker side, hoping he digs upwards, so you can step in and put it away. Short dump to his weaker side, a smart player lobs deep CC, so you can't just rush straight in.
Practice conti gripped approaches from both sides and the center.