I've got some questions concerning ratings that I hope you can answer. We've been using the rating calculator in Switzerland for the past two seasons to try and get an approximate rating for people who don't play outside the country.
Some background facts: We have a significant number of players that, for lack of a better word, suck. We play a lot of tournaments on courses that are only 12 holes or are 14 holes. We've tried to update our local ratings after every tournament we have because we only have 8 a year that we decided to use for these ratings.
We've noticed that the ratings we're getting are consistently higher than the ratings players get from the PDGA - especially for the better players. On average, I'd say they are about 1% higher.
My theories to explain this are as follows:
1) The significant number of bad players are raising the ratings for the better players.
2) The lower number of holes is somehow influencing the ratings
3) Our courses are in the lower range of SSA and this affects the ratings somehow
4) We update the ratings too often.
Could you comment and tell me what you think could be happening? I realize that you have limited data to work with here, but any advice would be helpful.
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