I think it's more of a symptom of modern day architectures feeling that the best way to overcome the distance issue is to simply add tee boxes 40+ yards further back on several holes, bumping up a 7200 yard layout to 7400-7500 yards.
I think it's a flawed philosophy, and I think the 2013 US Open at Merion provided a great template for the "cure" of the modern day distance ailment. That course played a tad over 6900 yards... critics were saying that the pros would slaughter Merion's layout. Justin Rose won with a 4-round total of 281 (+1).
Compare that to Erin Hills, which played 7800 yards, where Brooks Koepka shot 16 under and setting a US Open scoring record.
Look at the par4 10th at Riviera... back in 2016, it was the most difficult short hole on the tour circuit that season... only 315 yards, but the scoring average was 4.087, despite the fact that the longer hitters could swing 3-wood and get somewhere near the green.
The design matters. The conditions matter. You give these guys 40-yard wide fairways with light rough, soft greens, and cut the fairway grass so short that it affords an additional 30 yards of distance - sure... they're gonna rip the course to shreds.
Consider Harbour Town at the Heritage that's played mid April.... it's 7100 yards. It's a long bomber's nightmare. In fact - you can't find a long bomber having won this tournament going all the way back the past two decades! It's a great layout. A tight shot-making layout that requires a degree of precision that the longer grip-it-and-rip-it players simply don't have. That's why you see the shorter hitters who can keep the ball in play do well there.... guys like Jim Furyk, Snedeker, McDowell, Kuchar, Boo Weekley, Byran Gay, Justin Leonard, Peter Lonard, etc.
Critics point out that the reason why the longer hitters don't typically play here is because the Masters is traditionally played the week prior.... that might be the case, but I still don't think it would make a difference. Very rarely do you have a long-hitting player, with exception of perhaps Bubba, who can bomb it off the tee and shape the shots needed to hit the proper scoring grids on the greens there. It's not a bomber's paradise. You're taking driver out of their hands, and that driver is a huge, huge advantage for them. Suddenly they're having to hit 3woods and hybrids off the tee, where guys like Furyk suddenly aren't giving up 50 yards to the bombers in the field.
Longer layouts aren't needed to challenge those guys. Tougher layouts that force them to hit from point A to point B, layouts that are shorter but less forgiving when they stray off the tee - that's all that's needed.
There's no trickery needed there. It's just that a balance is struck at this layout between distance and being precise regarding distance control and accuracy. And more times than not, a player like Jim Furyk is going to stand a better chance of competing with the likes of a Brooks Koepka or Dustin Johnson there.