Getting yourself ready to play a golf course that is considerably longer or shorter than your usual one presents certain problems in shot adjustment. For instance, if you normally use a driver and short irons on your own 6,400-yard course, you cannot expect to hit drivers and long irons on a 6,900-yard course and score well. Quite often when I am preparing to play a tournament at an extremely long course, I will go out with an 8-to-10 handicapper at home in Columbus and hit his second shots, which means that I am forced to play a lot of long irons, many of them from difficult angles into the green. (One time at Scioto, in Columbus, I played the tee shots of a friend who got his drives into the fairway only three times. This wasn't much practice for me, but I shot one of the best 79s of my life.) If you are getting ready for a course much longer than your own, you too should adjust your game. Instead of hitting a drive and wedge on the 340-yard hole, hit a five-iron off the tee and then another long iron to the green. The primary reason for this is not to give you practice swinging a long iron. You can get that on a practice tee. The purpose is to become accustomed to hitting into the green from a considerable distance so that the long course you are headed for does not mentally defeat you before you start.