The feat Shock Trooper allows an "Directed Bull Rush" to push the opponent to the left or right.
CW p.112: To use this maneuver you must make a successful bull rush attempt as part of a charge. For every square you push your foe back, you may also push that foe one square to the left or right.
But the Bull Rush description says:
If you beat the defender’s Strength check result, you push him back 5 feet. If you wish to move with the defender, you can push him back an additional 5 feet for each 5 points by which your check result is greater than the defender’s check result. You can’t, however, exceed your normal movement limit.
What happens if I push the opponent more than one square? If I wish to push him further than one square I have to move with the defender. But if I push him left or right, I change direction - while charging. The PHB demands a "clear path" and the images imply a straight line.
You could also argue that the charge is over when the bull rush is initiated, so subsequent changes of direction would be ok. But how do you calculate the movement limit for the bull rush in this case? Plus, charge is a full-round-action that does even prohibit adding 5-fooot-steps.
A friend of mine proposed this interpretation of the feat: you push him back several squares, move with him, always in a straight line, and at the very end of the movement you push him several squares left or right without moving with him. Is that the right concept of "Directed Bull Rush"?
So, does Shock Trooper/Directed Bull Rush allow
a) changes of direction for the bull rush while charging
b) change from charge to normal movement after initiating the bull rush
c) pushing the opponent left or right after completing a bull rush in straight line?
And CW says "To use this maneuver you must make a successful bull rush attempt as part of a charge." So I think (b) is out of the picture. Leaves (a) or (c).