Please excuse me if I sound ignorant but I don't know if it has been discussed before here. In addition to "having more court to work with", isn't it easier to line up your shoulders so they are in line with the crosscourt route compared to DTL? If you want to hit DTL, you have to rotate/adjust your feet all the way so your shoulder faces the DTL route. This is especially significant if you are in a match and the ball is coming at you quick. Hitting crosscourt seems to be safer because it's requires a smaller rotation/ less adjustment of your feet, thus you have more time to prepare for the shot compared to when you hit DTL. Am I right? edit: how on earth did I post this on odds and ends. Whatever.