After a long break, I have been roped into playing competitive matches recently. This thread really is not about me though. The other night we had a team practice - 6 players with 3 doubles pairings. we will play another team. I won't say the team is supercompetitive in standard - it encompasses a big variation in standard across the six players. I set up some team training just doing some routines and feeding. Most players are pretty good - do the routines and practice looking to improve. But there is always the odd one out. We are a pretty polite bunch of people it has to be said. But there is one guy who blows his trumpet a little more than others (more to his past[which cannot be validated] than his present) and very reluctant to do routines (always says 'play games'). I did manage to get him on for a drill for doubles. Mainly mid court smashes, coming into the net and then doing drives. (he is showing a midline waistline). Hits a lot of shuttles at me. Tells me later "Do you know why I hit to you? It slows you down feeding"...hmm, what's the point of training then? Onto games then later in the session. I have to say the guy has good touch but certainly not the best and physically can do more. There were some stronger players on the night...the objective of the practice matches is to improve on the game. So we have about 2 very strong players trying to explain to this player what he can do to improve. He listens but either doesn't care, or too full of himself so he cannot change. It was a deliberate strategy by me to point out big areas where improvement can make a difference by stronger players but it didn't work. So we have players who is clearly better than the weaker players but clearly not as strong as the strongest players, out of condition (i.e. when the going gets tough, the mind goes weak), will argue that yin is yang and vice versa (well not that bad, doesn't play for his partner, cannot change the pace of the rally to create the advantage in the rally, and clearly is a personality who is very confident of himself to a point where it is difficult for him to improve. Perhaps I got it wrong - this person doesn't want to improve. It's not really a rant. Just a point for discussion. It seems a pity when courts are so hard to come by and there is the opportunity for drills and improvement, the opportunity cannot be taken..