Unless the green has a severe feature or slope, no. Closer is better for the vast majority.
Most people should still be hitting a bit right-center here. Aiming "front right" is a very, very small area. Shot Zones are multiples of that area.
I'm factoring all of that stuff in.
Like the third hole at Whispering Woods. Green slopes away, and long and left are bad, so sometimes I'll take a bit off a shot and end up front right. If it bounces on because it's firm, so be it. If it's short, fine. If it's right, that's okay too. It won't be long or left, though.
Most studies I've seen say that listening to music on your way to the event can help improve performance, but during the thing detracts from it.
If I listen to anything when I'm practicing, it's a podcast, and I often have to rewind because I'm not really even paying attention to that - it just mostly stops others from talking to me. 😄 (I don't get much time to practice, so when I am, I'd rather not get sucked into helping someone with something.)
I suggest to my college players that they not use music, either, if they're practicing (and not just warming up).
I often wear headphones, but more when I chip and putt, so it doesn't really have any impact on me in those instances. When it comes to full swings, it is a little bit weird, but I find that I get used to it relatively quickly.
The club championship at my home course is typical - lots of flights, as well as gender and senior categories. Everyone gets a trophy, more or less. Which is similar to the tournaments held every other month, except that the player with the lowest total score is named club champion. I would like to see a unique event with the sole purpose of identifying the club champion. Any member could play and there would be only one trophy, given to the player with the lowest total score over n rounds played from the tips with the tournament pin placements.