It's about the money.
When I play, I mostly play practice rounds. I set the conditions of a tournament I am interested in, invite people if I can, and play. Practice. Then I compete in the tournament and place to earn credits.
Is this sandbagging? It's my first, last, and only account.
My average stays higher than most others in my tier because the only ranked games I play are tournaments or invites from friends. I never sabotage my score intentionally. Am I sandbagging?
I look at the leaderboards, see the scores it takes win, and practice until I feel capable of attaining a similar score, then I enter the tournament.
If I played ranked games while practicing, my average would go down faster, I'd tier up faster, hence I would need better equipment more often to continue being competitive in tournaments. It's the money.
This strategy works until you start winning. As so s you start earning credits through winnings in tournaments they arbitrarily bump you up. Today, I had and average of 69.08. The lowest it has ever been. Shot a 34 on the Wk 11 Multiround 1st round. My avg moved to 68.92. Then later I received 45 credits for a winning (a week or so ago) + 150 credits for being promoted to master. I never met any Master requirements that I am aware of.
I was successfully countering those with multiple accounts and other "sandbaggers" with honest play and diligent practice.
I really think the answer is to look at the other side of the equation. There are players out there who are Legends from playing nothing but the easiest courses most of the time. Maybe we ought inject a little more "realism" and clarity and make whatever milestone that I happened to reach a requirement as well as the 66 average requirement, which I have never come close to getting yet.
Thank you for your consideration.