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How do YOU define/measure your PB/PR?
edited July 2019
Other? - please describe!
Off the dock practice PB
Ski school PB
For me they are all different.
Ray Newmark -
Tournaments only; the one 'true' gauge
My best scores are in R tourneys but I wish I could get close to that in practice again!
Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
Horton is my hero
Other? - please describe!
While all of my practice bests have been at a ski school (Jodi's,) I have been able to back it up shortly at tournament or other locations. I just started doing tournaments last summer. 1st tournament I was able to equal my practice best. After that I wasn't able to better that score in tournaments, just equaling it a couple times, even though I was improving and setting new practice bests. As I improved over the winter, I set new practice bests along the way. 1st tournament this year I not only beat last years tournament best by a pass and a half, I beat my practice best at the time by a couple balls (completing a pass I hadn't before and getting 1 balls at a line I hadn't seen before.) Since then I have run that pass in practice and gotten 2 balls at the next line, now to back it up in a tournament.
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Practice counts - at any point; off the dock, after a missed attempt, etc.
So I've never done a tournament, so if I relied on a "tournament PB" I wouldn't have anything to offer. I'm really just in it for the fun of myself, so I don't even care if it came off of a "tournament-like" practice set.
With that being said, I can fully understand why guys who have done tournaments don't want some shmo running around saying he got blank score - oh but that was only in practice. That's definitely some bush league stuff. If it's your practice PB - make sure to say it as such.
Kinda funny, I was teaching a bunch of newbies this last weekend. I would see the kid miss #3 in the mirror and then at the end, my passenger would tell me he got 5. I'm like what? Turns out, they were just counting how many total balls he got. Yeah, he missed 3, but he got 4, 5, and 6, so all in all, totaled up, he got 5 balls...right? I didn't really have the heart to tell them straight up "that's not how this works". They'll grasp it sooner or later.
I lied when I answered the poll- while I do believe it's tournament results that define legitimate PBs, I'm guilty of freely telling people my practice PB, which is over a pass better. (At least it was done under tournament conditions [consecutive, accurate course, good senior driver, etc], but clearly I'm a hypocrite...
A practice PB will definitely measure a person's physical ability to get down the rope as far as possible. Tournament PB's incorporate the physical ability along with mental fortitude. For some, the scores are very similar. For others they might be quite a ways apart.
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