Originally Posted by Yeti
Congrats on the Women's Global Event to everyone involved. Truly an awesome showing for the women of disc golf.
I didn't see a point in quoting back the whole post. It's up there.
Round by round ratings have always been like that. On the same day in the same conditions for the same score
pools, Geoff Bennett got a 1030 and I got a 970 unofficially. When they averaged the pools together for official ratings the anomoly disappeared and we both had 997 or something.
Speaking as a player who actually plays in the ratings defined divisions and whose rating goes back and forth across the MA1/MA2 line, I think our rating system does an excellent job of sorting the MA1s, 2s, 3s and 4s. At the tournaments I play, there is always a strong correlation between rating and score.
If many people cared about their rating so much that they only played tournaments that jiggered their rating up or down, then there might be a problem with ratings. The fact that a small pool of players can produce ratings that vary by 25 or 30 points from morning to afternoon is not a problem because no one is going to be changing divisions mid-tournament based on a noontime ratings update.
And one other point: The rating for par changes from morning to afternoon because a different pool of players plays it in the afternoon. The morning pool on the average is sleepier, colder, stiffer and more hung over than the afternoon pool. The afternoon pool has all played the course recently, they are warmed up, their meds have had a chance to kick in and the DTs have subsided. The same player never plays a good course twice, because after she plays it once she isn't the same player she was the first time.