I'm just looking for even competition.
When you look at the top 10 players, that's pretty even. All I'm asking is that the playing field below them in any given tournament not be 50 strokes behind. I know people can have an off day, but those guys are a handful of strokes away from one another. It's like a best score for the locals on a course will be, say, -14. A pro like the top 10 comes in and shoots a -16 first time or something. Perhaps that's a little stretch, but I do believe there is a difference in skill levels between the touring/sponsored pros and many of the local folks that put themselves in the pro/open division.
As for what does the PDGA offer... what does the PGA offer? Who becomes a member of the PGA and when? To me, it sounds like the same organization, but it's really not. Know what I mean? Just because of the grass roots nature, you have a lot of folks in the PDGA who would not be in the PGA (if they were the same).
Football is, unfortunately, I guess the example of what I'm talking about. There are 32 teams and with the exception of perhaps 1-3 teams a year, *any* team can beat *any* team. It's parity.
Perhaps part of it is that players are encouraged to "move up" once they place or win in a current division. A friend of mine plays well. A couple years ago he was playing advanced and winning. He was doing well. So me moved up into the Masters division. Now, he' s a good player, but now he's playing against guys who have been sponsored for like 10 years. His score in a recent tournament was 261, the masters winning was 214. There were only 25 players in the division. Advanced won with 210, the open won with 199. The Advanced masters took it with 239. Now I know he had a bad day, but perhaps he should be playing advanced masters? At least then, the field is more competitive. I'm thinking even shaving 20 strokes off his score he's at 241 which is still not competitive with the division he played.
I just feel the disparity between the first place and last place is too big.
For example, the women? best 296, last 316. That to me is a close match. That's worth watching!
That has some tension.
I believe if you shoot 20 strokes off first place, that's competition. In 4 rounds, that's 5 strokes a round for you to pick up (or for them to lose). With practice and some luck, you could reverse that or at least come much closer.
When you're 30, 40 or 50 strokes off, I feel that the person in first place isn't really being challenged. That's like the top 15 PGA players taking on the college ranks.
I don't intend this to be about "I want to win", this is what's best for the game - good competition. What does the sport need? More members. If you feel like you could win a disc or two playing, isn't that more incentive to toss in a few bucks and come out and play? It just means even out the divisions. If you're only scoring 5 or fewer strokes more than the folks in your division, why move up? Odds are, you're 10 strokes or more down from the next group up.
You don't see Ken Climo having won 11 times saying, "no thanks, I can't move up so I can't accept your money or trophy. I'm just playing for fun." hahaha No. He's playing for a check, and it's my belief that there should be more than about 6 guys that can take the check away from him!
Again ... all just fun discussion. I realize that this isn't something with an easy solution - perhaps no solution, but it's interesting to hear everybody's viewpoint.