Ratings are the means by which our community measures ability (at least for PDGA members). Ratings are not the simplest things to tabulate accurately. Think of the complexity for a moment. Ratings need represent the aggregated performance of a single disc golfer across various rounds in various locations in incalculable conditions.
You cannot go simply by course pars. Who would set the criteria? Beyond that, how would the ratings take into account 30 mph gusts of wind over and against calm conditions? Then the location question. How does a gusty round at Winthrop Gold in South Carolina compare with a calm day at Blue Ribbon Pines in Minnesota?
In steps the rating system referred to as Scratch Scoring Average (or SSA). I won't bore you with the details
It is a complicated system, but from what I can tell very equitable and as complete a system as I could discern. For more information, please go to this explanation: http://www.pdga.com/files/documents/PDGARatingsGuide.pdf.
I won't trouble you with the ratings of MRK or myself, though in the future I will likely outline my hopes and goals for my rating in a future post. Until then, live in wonderment and awe of the rating system!
Programming note: I will try to have a post for you next week, however, I am preparing a vacation to Utah (yes, I know), and I may not have time to produce one in time. I'll do what I can, because I know the many readers of this blog await my posts in anticipatory silence. Yeah... that.