Originally Posted by Jeff Hemmerling
I've got a real problem with doubles this year. There is absolutely
no motivation for a team to play the doubles round if they are rated
much lower than the opposing doubles team. This rewards higher rated
teams and penalizes lower rated teams (as pointed out by Celeste).
This season's strategy: wait to see who the other doubles team is and
if we don't like the match-up I'll just send my extra players home.
Not much fun in my not-so-humble opinion.
Seems to me just another aspect of the game that requires strategy. Do you save the higher rated players for the dubs rounds and risk losing the singles rounds? Do you use all of your top rated players to make sure that you win the singles and then hope to get the dubs match with the lower rated players?
There is no requirement to field players in the extra dubs match, but if they are present, wouldn't playing usually be the choice instead of not playing? The dubs team with no matchup only has to complete 1 hole better than +4 to take the match point.
Regardless, we are only talking about 2 out of 12 possible points coming from dubs. But I want to make the competition as fair as possible.
What if we adopted the Dizzy Rule on this year's dubs? Does even that address the problem of lower rated players playing higher rated players in dubs? Should we handicap the dubs too? Maybe use the highest player rating. This should have been hashed out earlier, but we haven't started yet. If you have an opinion I'd really like to hear from you.
My thinking on this year's dubs was will the new format increase the number of players who show at each event?