I was wondering why my ten foot surf rod has only five guides including the tip when my seven foot conventional and spinning rods that I use on the boat each have ten guides includeing the tip. It seems to me that the more guides the better. The line stays straighter and therefore slaps around less. Friction isn't really a factor with today's guides is it? I saw a show, where they were building fly rods and they placed the guides on the rod according to the wavelength that the line has while traveling through the guides. Why would the number of guides on the different rods vary so much.