So what constitutes a "grinder"? At how many events does a person make themselves not worthy of being a finalist and move to "grinder" status?
At the same time the opposite end of the spectrum is the true "non-grinder". This out of state person comes in one time, drops a bomb, and 6% of the time they return to the state for the SCS from that result. It's clear this person is also not worthy of qualifying.
So that leaves people who don't play too little, and people who don't play too often.
The only solutions I see to that are instituting a minimum AND maximum number of events.
Minimum number - easily defeated by anyone interested in meeting that total
Maximum number - every "capped" version of the standings I've run have still allowed those grinders to qualify based on just their "best 20"
I understand the money change things, but all anyone is doing right now is guessing what the impact will be (and most people aren't sharing your opinion on this as being a problem).
Remember there's a group of people that think the $1 fee is going to be an epic fail and destroy everything, making your prize pools of thousands of dollars a fantasy we will never have to worry about.