Having thought about the tougher course question, I've had a rethink on that one. Many players off say 18 or above just get fed up on longer courses that require a big draw off the tee and a good short game to be competative. I think cutting your teeth on a shorter course is probably better for the morale and maybe switch to a tougher track once you get to around 12 or under.
I can see the point you're making V. If my game is suffering I sometimes play 9 holes from the yellow tees just to shorten the course a bit. This shaves a few shots of the card and can often boost Morale.
There's no point playing a course that's too tough if you are not going to enjoy it, but if it makes you think differently and improves your course management, decision making and shot selection, then it may improve your game (or at least enjoyment). I really enjoy plotting out a testing course and been forced to play shorter shots in order to fall short of hazards or give a better shot into the green.
I remember when I first started and a pro from a local store tried to sell me a set of off the shelf blades with stiff shafts. He know nothing about my game and the pro I actually bought my clubs from (fitted for cavity back with reg shafts) said that if I'd bought the other set I would have probably struggled, maybe even lost the enjoyment and packed the game in. Saying that, I'm still strugglng and haven't packed it in yet!
Your probably right Bill. I've only just noticed that Highlander is of 11 anyway so maybe the switch is right for him. I switched from a course just under 6,000 yards to a course at around 6,600 and you really had to get it out there with the big stick. It had some very long par 4's and so if you were't far enough from the tee, chances are this compounded into you missing the green with your second etc. I just didn't like the longer course especially in the wind. At the end of the day you have to balance lowering your handicap with enjoying the game
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