keltik wrote:so in the middle of the sig stat thread I outed myself as having a 785 PDGA rating. First off there is nothing wrong with my throwing form. I spent way too much time in an empty field while I was unemployed.
so is there anything you guys with better ratings can tell me to do to up my ratings. I guess my new DG goal is a 900 rating. There are some tourneys coming up around here. I've got a solid month to practice. so let me have it.
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JR wrote:Dag that could be a cultural issue thanks to christianity stumping bad vikings and their behavior. Finns think the Swedes are talkative because being silent means someone is angry and looking for a time when the target turns his back and you can bury an axe into his head. The same cultural differences in Sweden have traditionally demanded people biting down on their anger and Swedes in Finland are appalled by the Finns letting the steam out. The result is that Finns don't explode as violently as Swedes because we use an emergency overcooking valve to let the pressure subside whereas traditionally Swedes rupture at the seams more often. That is the stereotype supported by some evidence. Naturally this is a generalization and does not predict how individuals behave and may not be relevant at all in the modern day. Although Finnish Swedish originated minority still seems to stick to the old ways in that if it hurts i still won't show it. Sound familiar? Stiff upper lip stuff.
As a result Finns seem often to be uncivilized quarreling louts having been raised in a barrel and not knowing anything else about the world than what is inside that barrel to some outsiders. When the reality is that Finns respond more to realities and bark harder than bite. So to a Finn biting is a greater offence than barking to people from some other cultures. As a viking era analogue from Sweden Finns barking today is like Swedes talking a lot so that nobody starts to swing an axe after brooding silently thinking bloody murder. This according to history, sociology, psychology and some Swedish writers whose names escape me. And me knowing a little about Finns being one.
Blake_T wrote:Keltik, i know my answer might seem odd, but i had a discussion recently with an am2 player about how to get your rating higher without actually getting better.
Getting better is always the preferred method, but ratings can be quite deceptive depending upon the courses and tournaments. There can be quite a bit of ratings bias in this regards.
The ratings and ssa's are supposed to compensate for this but they don't do it perfectly. These are some tips on how to inflate your rating without getting better.
Rule #1: never play in a division that uses different teepads from adv/pro. Sometimes they will toss am2/am1/juniors/etc. onto some shorter layout: all low-rated players with ratings determined by what they did months ago. The end result is that if the average rating on this layout is like 850, it's next to impossible to throw a well-rated round unless you beat the entire field by like 12 strokes per round.
Rule #2: avoid tournaments on extremely difficult courses. The top pros, and even the top advanced guys will throw well. If you have 1-3 ~1000 rated guys throwing -8 to -12 per round on a hard course it will really hurt you. If -1 to +3 per round is good enough to finish top 3 in am2, you'll likely end up in the 900-930 for those scores. If you play an easier course, where say top 3 am2 needs -2 to -5 per round, the top pro guys are still only going to throw -10 to -13. Those Am2 scores will likely pull in 930-960 even though they played equivalently well on both courses. The hard courses are ones that are incredibly long or have tons of danger, eg. Thick schule lining both sides of the fairway on half of the holes.
Rule #3: avoid tournaments on super easy courses. If the over Half the pro field shoots -8 per round or better and winning shoots something like -14 per round or better it forces you to bring your A game or you rating will tank. If you are on and shoot -8 per round you're golden. If you're slightly off and don't bogey but don't rack up birdies and shoot say, -2, you'll be lucky to have your rating break 900 even though you didn't play terrible.
Rule #4: get very good at playing in crap weather. If you can adjust for heavy wind and rain and only lose 1-3 strokes due to weather, playing "decent" will put you way ahead of everyone else that tanks out. If you don't lose much due to weather you are almost certain to raise your rating if it rains or is super windy. I had a student throw a 1006 rated round in am2 simply because he played pretty well on a windy day.
Basic summary: play medium difficulty to somewhat easy courses that are forgiving (if you miss the fairway you should be able to easily save for 3). Avoid super easy pitch and putt courses. Always play in a division that uses the long tees. Make sure you can adjust your footwork, lines, and shot selection for wind and rain.
With those 4 tips its fairly easy to get a ratings boost without actually improving at disc golf :p
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