I am wondering, in the following sentence:
(the) best players have little time for other hobbies.
Should I use the definite article? I am talking about best players in general.
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Ordinarily, and in this context, best is a superlative adjective and superlatives always require the definite article. Other rules about the specificity of a noun aren't important, here. When you're using a superlative, you use "the."
Better players usually win -> The best players usually win
High peaks are harder to climb -> The highest peaks are harder to climb
Low valleys are wetter -> The lowest valleys are wetter
There are other, idiomatic uses of best, in which it's not treated as a superlative, but as an ordinary adjective; for example, best friends. This is "idiomatic" in the sense that it evolved from a phrase, or an idea like "my best friend" that is, "my friend who is the best" or maybe "my friend who is the best at being a friend." This grammatical phrase morphed at some point into the not-strictly-grammatical "a best friend." There are likely other, less common examples where best has morphed into a non-superlative adjective, but these are exceptions to the rule.