All save the clearest technician must rein themself in when essaying a cover drive, lest they founder betwixt active and passive. Wise words and worth remembering when attemping this shot for this is almost entirely wrong.
Should a delivery pitch six inches short of overfull and a similar distance wide of an outwardly curved line drawn at 2 o’clock, starting from the off stump, then by all means play a cover drive.
Bring the bat down with pace, remembering that strength does not equate to power, which in turn does not equate to bat speed. Watch not the ball, but your upper elbow thanks to which you should already have calibrated the ball’s trajectory.
Strike straight and without, bethwart an imagined line drawn between your feet if they were midway through describing an oblate spheroid of which the tip would be the midpoint of the popping crease and the countertip would be the equivalent in reflection.