I've been watching the Olympics (no comment, please, about match throwing ) and as a previous Scottish Badminton Coach I've noticed something different when it comes to mixed doubles court positioning - at least, different from the days when I did a rotten job of coaching players and coaches. Isn't it interesting that all these old mantras about how to play Badminton have been totally discredited? I really wish that I could go back and do a better job, and shoot my coach instructors at the same time (except that most of them are probably dead by now - see, I'm old) - and there will be coaches out there who feel that about me too: it's really embarrassing. In "the old days" in the mixed game, the toss winners would choose "serve" and their lady would do the honours, always serving to the opposing lady. In level doubles, in my experience, you always placed your strongest player in the right court, and I've always found that difference to be strange. However, now that we have rally point scoring (which all clubs at all levels have apparently adopted, despite the sad lack of TV cameras in the vicinity, despite the fact that TV coverage was the reason for this change) it seems that a tactical modification of player position is now the norm. That modification is that, on first serve, the toss winning lady (no comment ) will serve to the opposing gent, rather than to the opposing lady. I assume that this is because the initial receivers want to ensure that, once they have acquired service rights (in which case the serve will come from the left court), it will be the lady to serve. Why do they want that?