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The more consistently you throw, the less likely poor rounds will be included in your rating. Most players at 970 ratings are more consistent than those around 900 or 850. A 970 player is more likely to have a round 70 points below their rating dropped (2.5 standard deviations) than a 900 or 850 player. The 900 or 850 player is more likely to shoot a round more than 100 points below their rating and get it dropped regardless of their standard deviation. But I think those players would still prefer to have the "disadvantages" of a 970 ratng ;-)One aspect of the ratings strikes me as a bit off. Ok, I am nitpicking here, but my worst rounds count against me in the ratings computation. Other players worst rounds are dropped if they happen to be bad enough.
Part of a rating should consider consistency. But the current system gives a free pass if a round sucks enough. Ok, fine, then I should get a free pass on whatever my worst round was as well. I have played some terrible tournament rounds. How they failed to be 100 points below my average is shocking to me (that is the standard isn't it?). I did everything I could to suck so the ratings Gods should smile mercifully upon me
I am currently 891, and this is my first year as a PDGA member. The only sanctioned event I played in was Worlds this year, out of 7 rounds, 4 were 901-931, 2 at 849, 1 at 880. Not my best play that week but all things considered 891 is where I stand. Hopefully It will only get better.