Hello Everyone, Picked up racquet again after about a year due to a knee injury + lockdown.(still bit sore but playable) Im a recreational player, never took coaching, 35yr male, athletic build, 5.5 ft, we play men's doubles 99% of the time and with Mavis350 / 2000 plastics. I have a change of location & the current badminton peer group is not really able to push my game to its limits unless I pair with a weak partner. But last few days we got to play with some more experienced players and hence this thread. 1) If the partner is making unforced errors then I feel more pressure and try to play a winner every time i have the shuttle, making extra errors myself. How to handle this situation? Should I ask my partner to just play defensive/neutral shots ? Or simply keep him to guard my deep backhand corner ? On the same topic of unforced errors:- when I play with opponents I know are technically weaker. I play more confidently and all my soft touches and net exchanges are sharp and consistent. But against really good opponents i play less of my favorite net shots and even the easiest of the crossflicks will land out of the sidelines. 2) I have noticed in the past also that I make more mistakes if I try and match my opponents aggressive game/playing at fast pace. How can I play fast and still maintain my accuracy or keep a cool head ? When exchanges are happening fast with lot of front and back rotation then i save the rally but tend to mishit the final easy winning shot.. !! 3) How many successive smashes(jump/no jump) would you follow through ? Sometimes I hit the first smash only half power and then my 2nd or 3rd being full power. If I have put most of my power in the first then I do a drop shot from the back next and my partner would complain that "Why didn't you smash ?" 4) Is doing a drive battle wise ? I lose half of them. 5) I used to play more aggressively (singles) say 5yrs ago. I have become bit sluggish with a few injuries and extra lockdown bodyweight(10kg). My court coverage is still decent. I can jump smash at the back and still catch the netdrop. Should I still try to improve my attack ? Or work on my slow game and defense ? I'm asking this because eventually I will start losing speed and power on my shots so may be I should work more on refinement and strategic play. 6) When the shuttle is in the air, be it a serve or rally. Do you call out for your partner in/out, short serve ? Do you listen to your partners call ? How can we improve our judgment? 7) I intend to participate in local tournaments after the pandemic. Sometimes they keep it feather shuttles only. Is it a big setback to directly play with a feather for someone who has always played with plastics ? Does it affect my game negatively if I start playing with both type of shuttles ? That's all I could think of for now. Thanks.