p_patin wrote:Thank you for clarifying that the point of dubs is to pay the better players for showing up and for nubs to pay for an opportunity to mingle with the plastic gods.
I'd like to point out that at least one of the winners yesterday is nothing more than a glorified intermediate player at best, hardly the plastic god that you so disparagingly describe!
Anyway, I've played who knows how many doubles rounds and went home with a lighter wallet almost every time save just a small handful of rounds. So yesterday was certainly unusual but was very exciting for me given my past history.
With that said, I'm struggling to understand the problem you have with the format. I think everyone knows the breaks and odds. You could have just as easily paired up with a stronger player, helped out with a few good drives and some clutch putts, and then just as easily cashed out. I contend that doubles, at least with the larger turnouts, will have different winners almost every week. Yesterday proved that you don't have to be a couple of pro players to win. That's the beauty! Doubles gives a variety that singles just can't. Singles (at least without divisions) would be much less fair than random draw dubs.
I'd like to also point out a couple of other values in a good organized doubles league with solid turnouts. For newer players, playing with advanced players is always helpful for your game. If you're not partnered with one you're likely to at least have one on your card. Free lessons!!! CTP's are generally open and taken by folks of all skill levels and have the possibility to pay out more than cashing. And of course Deerlick gives ample ace opportunity's and a chance at the pot.
Lastly, the comradery is awesome. Compare going to play a round by yourself or with just a couple buddies with the turnout like we had yesterday. There were folks standing around talking golf, comparing rounds, laughing, complaining, telling stories of bumps and bruises, and explaining that missed 15' putt. These are great times! Hanging out with disc golf buddies and best of all getting to play a round is the best part! The money is just gravy or icing on the cake!
I hope you give it another shot p_patin! Doubles is all about fun! I'm not saying that losing is fun but a round of disc golf always is!!! The goal should always be to win but if you can't win at least try to have fun!
Oh yeah, we did divisional doubles at Oregon Park for a while ($2 Tuesdays). The same issue happens with that format too. Often a top advanced guy would wind up drawing a top beginner guy. Obviously they had a good shot at winning. That is just part of random draw dubs. Doubles does add a little luck into the mix based on who you draw but that's part of the fun of it. At the end of the day, as I mentioned before, you get to hang out with buddies, play a round of golf, and if you go home with a little cash it's just a bonus.