I'm looking at two score cards from courses I've played this year and they have the even handicap holes on the front.
I'm also looking at one score card where there is no rhyme nor reason to the handicap holes. Lakewood Shores Resort - Blackshire is as follows 13,4,8,7,2,14,16,18,9 / 5,17,6,15,3,1,10,12,11
Good point. I think what @Marty2019 is referring to is what some guys call "quitting on the shot". I call it not finishing the swing.
I've noticed something when I go to the golf dome in the Winter to get some practice. In that scenario I'm most concerned with making a good swing, good contact, and my line. Distance doesn't enter into the equation since the back wall of the dome is only 80-90 yards away. I make full, complete swings and strike the ball very well.
Once it's time to hit the course, distance comes into play, as well as trees, hazards, wind, and all the rest. Suddenly, I become much more results oriented than process oriented, and all kinds of weird crap starts to sneak into my swing!
Back when I could really play, all that mattered was the swing. Of course I'd pace off the yardage, but the choice of club was more dependent on how the shot "looked" or "felt" to me. Then just swing the swing, and the results were usually pretty good.