At pro level, attacking badminton consists of almost always smashing if the shuttle is high, even on the back tramlines. I have no illusions about being a pro, however, the differences in handling a lift to a back corner troubles me. Personally, I prefer to smash these straight, with an occasional straight/crosscourt drop to keep opponents on their toes Last night, I was playing with a partner where the lift would come, I would smash, and the reply would be a (predictable) straight block to the net. My partner expected me to cover this reply, where I expected him to be attacking. Most of the time we would lose the point as I couldn't recover from a rearcourt jump smash. I stopped smashing from the back and just played a clear or drop instead, to allow me time to move back into a sides defensive position. Firstly, am I being unreasonable in expecting him to cover the front if I'm returning a high rearcourt lift to the corner? And secondly, even if it correct to do so, what can I do to play with this style of player optimally?