It seems like the bigger the tournament, the better I seem to do. Disc golf has four different levels of tournaments (well, five really, but I’m lumping the two biggest together). C, B, A tiers, and then NTs and Majors. C-Tiers are the smallest and have the smallest payouts, and they increase as the tournament type goes up.
So I crunched the #s. And there is some validity to my thought. In my entire disc golf history (since 2004 – as both an am and a pro) here are my stats:
C-Tier: 35 tournaments, 14 cashes (40%)
B-Tier: 23 tournaments, 11 cashes (47.8%)
A-Tier: 18 tournaments, 6 cashes (33%)
NT+: 7 tournaments, 1 cash (14.3%)
At the very least, it confirms my suspicion that I don’t seem to do very well in C-Tier events. Partially because they are often one-day events, and I have trouble putting 2 good rounds back to back, but I’m better at putting 2 out of 3 good rounds together. My rough stats are a pro are pretty comparable to my overall stats, except I didn’t cash in nearly as many A-Tiers (2 out of 14 as a pro, but I was a perfect 4-4 in cashing as an am in A-Tier tournaments). Part of this is because I played a fair # of A-Tiers in my first two years as a pro, where I wasn’t ACTUALLY a pro but playing up. I was 1 for 10 in those tourneys, and 1 for 4 since, which is more in line with my hypothesis.
Anyway, it seems my sweet spot is B-tiers. Which is good because the last four tournaments I play this year are all B-tiers, and all at courses I’m pretty familiar with. I’m hoping for cashes in all of them, obviously, but would be happy with cashes in two out of four.
And an ace. Is that too much to ask for? It’s been SO long…