that was a really interesting article and i agree with pretty much all of it. would you rather hit a 9-iron from the first cut but with the correct angle or a 6 iron from fairway, but the wrong side? think about it. the goal is to put the ball in the fairway and then on to the green and two putt. if you hit two balls out of play off the tee, that would equal the same number of lost strokes as four 3-putts. and if you're deadly with your irons and full wedges, that makes putting a lot easier.
now on the flip side, if you are horrible off the tee, you are going to need an awesome day chipping and putting.
but i think what this article was trying to say, it's easier to hide bad chipping and putting with good wood and iron play than it is to hide bad wood and iron play with good chipping and putting.