Originally Posted by cholly
do you think that the USDGC will "sneak" in before the OCT 20 update?
on a side note, i really feel like the ratings system is a great way of judging a players current level. me and a few locals play games sometimes where strokes are given using out ratings, based on 10 points a stroke, and it comes down to the last hole more times than not.
one of the only "flaws" i see in the current system is...
What if several players have the round of their lives at the same time. Wouldn't this crush everybody else's ratings a bit for that round. An extreme example of this would be: what if everyone in the tournament played very very well. Would nobody get the extra ratings reward? I realize this has probably never happened. Is this where a course's SSA would come into play?
Just some curious ramblings, i love statistics so thanks chuck, you're the man.
Usually when several players have the round of their lives, several other players have the round they wish they could forget, so it all averages out.
But if for some reason everyone were to play 40 points over their rating relative to normal SSAs for the course, everyone would get credit for having merely played to their ratings. The same is true when everyone plays below their rating. Since these anomolies are statistically equal, they average out too.
So the ratings system assumes that with a large enough field good days and bad days will average out. Usually they do.