Certain shots, such as the pull shot are played chest on - that is, with the chest facing the bowler. Generally though it is preached that batting is a side on art. Most shots such as forward defence, backward defence and front and back foot drives are taught with a side on technique. However, there are sound arguments supporting the use of a chest on technique for some shots. One example is a chest on forward defense used against a spinner. Using this technique the chest is squared up to the bowler and the bat is positioned in front of the front pad. This allows the batsman to react to the turn of the ball by moving the bat laterally. One downside of this approach is that the batsman has to decide early whether to stay side on and attack or chest on and defend.