Re: Long game more important than short?(I have not yey read the article)
I think those folks who said that it all depends on the level of the amateur have pretty much got it right.
What's more important is focussing most of the time on the weaker parts of your game. If you are weak or wayward off the tee or with your long irons, but can get up and down very well -- you spend more time on your long game -- and vice versa.
For me, every teaching pro says I have the long game of a 5 handicap. I am generally consistant off the tee -- in dry, summer conditions, I can consistantly drive 260+, and sometimes bomb it further. I can hit my hybrids exceedingly well from the fairway and rough. However, I struggle with pitching and chipping. For example on Monday I was pin-high and just off the green on 3 520+ yard Par 5s. I failed to make par each time.
So I keep practicing chipping, pitching, putting, much more than beating rocks into oblivion. I am 5 shots better today than in January.
I'm sure it's different for those with the magic touch inside 100, but spray it around off the tee.
Work out the weaker parts of your game and spend more time practicing those areas!!! You cannot but improve!!